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Experience Love, Longing, and Obsession in Liam McCarthy’s new play ‘Jilly Morgan’s Birthday Party’ at Belltable this May 2-11

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Experience Love, Longing, and Obsession in Liam McCarthy’s new play Jilly Morgan’s Birthday Party. Georgina Miller and Pat Ryan star in this show coming to Belltable this May 2-11. Picture: Maurice Gunning

Lime Tree Theatre/Belltable presents Jilly Morgan’s Birthday Party written by Liam McCarthy, directed by Joan Sheehy from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 11th May, 2024

Lime Tree Theatre|Belltable presents Jilly Morgan’s Birthday Party written by Liam McCarthy from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 11th May, 2024
Pat Ryan takes to the stage in this Liam McCarthy play coming to the Belltable this May 2-11. Picture: Maurice Gunning

Get ready for a captivating journey through time as Lime Tree Theatre/Belltable presents Jilly Morgan’s Birthday Party, a gripping tale of love, longing and obsession, written by Limerick playwright Liam McCarthy and directed by Joan Sheehy.

Set against the backdrop of 1980’s Limerick city, the show follows the story of Jack, whose life is forever changed by a brief, passionate kiss at a party. This moment becomes Jack’s lifelong fixation, leading him on a journey of self-discovery across four decades. Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s short story ‘The Kiss’, this darkly humorous and thought-provoking play offers a condensed social history and a vivid portrayal of Limerick city.

Starring Patrick Ryan and Georgina Miller, Jilly Morgan’s Birthday Party promises to be a riveting exploration of human connection and the power of memory. Director Joan Sheehy describes the play as “a wonderful intriguing, funny, unsettling journey, a love story of sorts that sucks you in and unfolds in a startling way.”


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This world premiere production marks a significant milestone for both the playwright, Liam McCarthy, and the Lime Tree Theatre/Belltable which continues to champion artists based in the Midwest region.  

McCarthy’s artistic journey with the company, from his initial participation in Belltable:Connect initiative to his residency in 2021, has culminated in this eagerly awaited debut. Following the success of his previous works, including Fergal and Mam and Love and Woo, McCarthy’s Jilly Morgan’s Birthday Party, promises to be a highlight of the theatrical calendar.

Don’t miss your chance to experience this compelling new production running at Belltable from Thursday, May 2nd to Saturday, May 11th 2024 with performances at 8pm. Preview performances will take place from May 2nd to May 4th, with the official opening night on May 7th and one matinee performance on May 11th at 2.30pm.

Booking Details:
Venue: Belltable, Limerick
Dates: Thursday 2nd – Saturday 11th May 2024, 8pm
Matinee performance Saturday 11th at 2.30pm

Tickets €28 / €25 available here
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Pictures: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick

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