Wexford Arts Centre at 50
To mark its 50th anniversary, Wexford Arts Centre is this year partnering with Four Rivers on a revival of A Handful of Stars by Billy Roche.
Premiered by Wexford Arts Centre as The Boker Poker Club in 1986, A Handful of Stars received its first professional production at The Bush Theatre, London in 1988.
Set in small town Ireland, this gripping but warm spirited revival reflects on local rebel Jimmy Brady whose only sanctuary is the local snooker hall where ambition can shine or burn.
A Handful of Stars was the first play in the critically received The Wexford Trilogy which also included Poor Beast in the Rain and Belfry.
Directed by Conall Morrison and designed by Liam Doona, with lighting by Paul Keogan and costumes by Jeni Roddy, A Handful of Stars is coming home to Wexford Arts Centre this June for a fortnight (6th to 9th June and 11th – 16th June) before transferring to the Pavilion Theatre.
As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, Four Rivers will simultaneously celebrate the career of Billy Roche – playwright, novelist, actor and singer – with public interviews, readings (Poor Beast in the Rain and Belfry, directed by Heather Hadrill), music and a panel discussion including Billy Roche and Conall Morrison, moderated by Tom Mooney.
Ticket sales, dates and times
A Handful of Stars. €30/28 -Thursday 6th June, Friday 7th June, Saturday 8th June (nightly 8pm)
Sunday 9th June at 3pm.
Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th June, nightly 8pm
Sunday 16th June at 4pm.
Poor Beast in the Rain, Staged Reading, €20/18 Saturday 15th June, at 12pm
Belfry Staged, Reading Saturday, 15th June at 3pm
Coffee and music with Billy Roche and guests, Sunday 16th June from 12noon – 1pm, €10
Billy Roche in conversation with Conall Morrison, chaired by Tom Mooney, at 2pm €10
Package for all five events €80/75 – Regularly €90/84