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Waiting For Poirot play brings a Whodunit to the park until August 1st



Waiting For Poirot play – the new play is a live performance full of fun for all the family, where audiences can collectively immerse themselves in this hilarious new murder mystery. Picture: Keith Wiseman

Waiting For Poirot play brings a Whodunit to the park this Summer 

Waiting For Poirot play

Leading cast members, Pius McGrath, Johanna O’Brien, Myles Breen, Simon Thompson and Eleanor O’Brien in costume for a publicity photoshoot. Picture: Keith Wiseman

Get ready to be dazzled and entertained this summer, with award-winning playwright Mike Finn’s new Waiting For Poirot play at the People’s Park in Limerick!  A live performance is full of fun for all the family, where audiences can collectively immerse themselves in this hilarious new murder mystery while Gardai Maguire and Patterson try to figure out a whodunit!  






This July, Honest Arts in association with Lime Tree Theatre the Belltable presents Waiting For Poirot, a hilarious new play by Mike Finn. Audiences will experience a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud, gripping, awe-inspiring, cliché-ridden, high-octane romp. We are excited to bring live performance to audiences once again in the wonderful setting of the People’s Park. The Waiting For Poirot play will also feature an original score by the wonderful Composer Aine Doolan. The full creative team will come together every evening to transform the park into a hive of activity. There is no doubt this is the best show you’ll see this summer. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll wish there were toilets.     

The well-known and loved cast includes Jessica Bray, Myles Breen, James Corr, Michael Anthony Greene, Pius McGrath, Eva O’Connor, Elaine O’Dwyer, Eleanor O’Brien, Johanna O’Brien, Gene Rooney and Simon Thompson.  

Pius McGrath & Tara Doolan Honest Arts said, “We feel privileged to have the opportunity to present one of the first live shows in the mid-west region to an ‘in person’ audience this summer. Producing Mike Finn’s hilariously funny script with a sizable and incredibly talented ensemble both on and off stage is a true delight and gives us great hope that we are now reaching the light at the end of the tunnel after an incredibly challenging time in the Arts & Events sectors.”  

Louise Donlon, Director of Lime Tree Theatre said, “The team at Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable could not be more thrilled and delighted to be working with the best and brightest Limerick theatre talents. What better way to mark the beginning of the end of this terrible pandemic than a tall tale written specifically for the people of Limerick by our very own Mike Finn.”    

The story of Waiting For Poirot:
The year is 1925 and the fledgling Irish Free State is trying to find its way in the world while emerging from the shadow of a deadly War of Independence. A travelling group of players who labour under the title of Sir Montague Garrick’s Travelling Theatre & Electric Cinematograph who have taken up residence in the People’s Park, Limerick. They plan to present the blood-curdling melodrama, Murder In The Red Barn – if they can remember the lines. However, the curtain has barely risen on this classic play when one of the actors turns up dead! Enter Maguire and Patterson two ex-IRA gunmen turned policemen who are determined to get to the bottom of the case. Meanwhile, a world-famous detective is due in town – will he solve the case before them?    

Producers: Tara Doolan & Pius McGrath (Honest Arts) 

Creative Team: 

Creative Director: Tara Doolan  

Vignette Director: Myles Breen          

Movement Director: Mary Nunan  

Musical Composer/Director: Aine Doolan  

Musicians: Bart Kiely, Maria Ryan, Cein Daly   

Dancers: Jean O’Donoghue & Yumi Lee   

Lighting Designer: Jay Kavanagh  

Costume Designer: Ella Daly  

Hair & Make-up Designer: Sheena Murphy  


Waiting for Poirot Booking Details:  

Previews: July 19th | 7.30pm & 9pm 

Opening night: July 20th | 7.30pm & 9pm 

Running until Aug 1st (no show on the 25th & 26th July)  

Families are welcome to join, suitable for 8+ years.  

Tickets: €25/€16/€75 (Family)  

Due to ongoing government restrictions Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable will ensure all our staff, art workers and audiences coming to the show will work within the government guidelines to keep everyone connected to the production safe. 

This production would not be possible without the support of the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council.   


To book tickets go HERE or ring 061 953400

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.