Bottom Dog rehearsed readings will take place every Thursday from September 3 to Thursday, September 27 at 8 pm all through September at the Belltable on O’Connell Street
Bottom Dog Theatre Company present their 12th annual series of Rehearsed Readings
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Mary McCarthy
The Bottom Dog Theatre Company is proud to present a series of rehearsed readings every Thursday from September 3 to Thursday, September 27 at 8 pm all through September at Belltable on O’Connell Street.
For all Limerick theatre lovers waiting patiently to engage with live performance once again, they are delighted to return to the Belltable stage with four party play readings.
Every Thursday a play will be rehearsed in Belltable with four well known directors and cast. That evening audiences are invited back to our much loved city centre venue from 8pm. The four plays are as follows:
‘An Inspector Calls’ written by J.B. Priestley and directed by Myles Breen takes place on September 3. This play is a three-act drama that takes place on a single night in April 1912, focusing on the prosperous upper-middle-class Birling family, who live in a comfortable home in the fictional town of Brumley. The play is now hailed as a damning social criticism of capitalism and middle-class hypocrisy.
‘The Party’ written by Jane Arden and directed by TBC takes place on September 10. ‘The Party’ is, like much of Arden’s other work for theatre, cinema, and television, ground-breaking and innovative, in this case mainly for its daring exploration of mental illness and its effects on family dynamics.
‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ written by Edward Albee and directed by Brendan Conroy takes place on September 17. This play examines the complexities of the marriage of a middle-aged couple Martha and George. This play opposes the idea of a perfect American family and societal expectations.
‘Digging for Fire’ written by Declan Hughes and directed by Gina Moxley takes place on September 24. Seven college friends on the brink of turning 30 get together for a reunion. But nostalgia is gradually eroded as the drink loosens the tongue and the true events of the past emerge with savage consequences.
Bottom Up! Limerick’s theatre company Bottom Dog pictured here celebrating their 10th Anniversary. Pictured from left to right: John Murphy, Ensemble Member of Bottom Dog, Myles Breen, Founder of Bottom Dog, Liam O’Brien, Artistic Director of Bottom Dog. Picture: Baoyan Zhang/ilovelimerick
Founding member of Bottom Dog Theatre Company, Myles Breen said, “Theatre and live performance have been hugely affected by COVID-19. This series of rehearsed readings are facing up to these challenges by ensuring safety for cast and audiences. Since we have not been able to go to parties in a while you now have a choice of four. There will be drinks, cake, and of course drama. A huge thanks to all at the Belltable and our casts and directors for bringing back live theatre.”
These four plays are being put on for your entertainment, during a time like this we could all appreciate something to enjoy. Bottom Dog Theatre is making sure you have fun and stay safe while watching these four shows, there will be cake, dancing, and of course drama to enjoy.
Artistic Director at Bottom Dog theatre, Liam O’Brien said, “All of us at Bottom Dog are keen to get back to doing what we do best – making theatre and keeping Limerick entertained. It has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone in society, so we feel grateful to have this opportunity, in partnership with Belltable, to bring these readings to live audiences. It is our 12th season and An Inspector Calls will be our 45th reading to date, so it is also a bit of a milestone for us. We’re following every protocol and directive to make sure that our casts, crews, and audiences can share theatre again, safely, and responsibly.”
They can reassure audiences the staff of the Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable are prepared with all the necessary regulations in place to ensure everyone in the building is safe at all times. If anyone has any questions please call the box office on 061 953400 from 12pm Monday- Friday.
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