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Theatre: Trying to make sense of life

Man in the Moon

MAC, Belfast

Until tomorrow, 7.45pm

By Grania McFadden

It's a story of life, love and death set in the past and the present. Sean Doran hasn't had the best of luck. He's been sacked from his job, his girlfriend has left him, and he's been forced to move back in with his mum. During a night-time walk (and drink) by the local lake, Sean tries to make sense of it all. Over the course of the show he attempts to untangle events and plot a way towards the morning.

For details, contact the box office on tel: 9023 5053.

The Monk, the Bird and the Priest Derry Playhouse May 16-19, 8pm

A look at life, education, mercy and malice in a Catholic boys' college in Ireland in the Fifties. Some pupils are having the time of their lives - others are living through a nightmare. Chief tormentor is a man they call The Bird, for whom no beating, is too savage. But for one priest, Fr Jude Connolly, every day presents an opportunity to shine a little light into the lives of the boys. Liam Campbell's drama is based on true-life accounts of former pupils. Contains some strong language.

For details, contact the box office on tel: 7126 8027.

Women Troubles Riverside Theatre, Coleraine May 17, 8pm

Siobhan Kelly, Clare McMahon and Maria Quinn combine talents to tell a tale of what it is to be a girl, from teenage years to adulthood. It's fast and physical as the women explore first love, first heartache, unplanned pregnancy, sexual harassment and everything in between.

For details, contact the box office on tel: 7012 3123.

Gangsta Granny Grand Opera House, Belfast May 16-19, 7pm

It's Friday night and Ben will - as usual - be staying with granny. There'll be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and it's going to be boring. But gran has a secret and Friday nights are about to get a lot more exciting as Ben embarks on an adventure of a lifetime with his Gangsta Granny.

For details, contact the box office on tel: 9024 1919.

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