Theatrical bites at lunchtime theatre event in Limerick’s Savoy Hotel

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Lunchtime Theatre at the Savoy Hotel, which emerged from the Limerick Local Heroes group, is going from strength to strength and welcomes its third instalment this July.

Lunchtime Theatre at the Savoy Hotel, which emerged from the Limerick Local Heroes group, is going from strength to strength and welcomes its third instalment this July.

The latest production to take place in the well appointed surrounds of the Henry Street hotel is Fregoli’s The Sweet Shop - an original short by Maria Tivnan.

The latest in the series of lunchtime performances on the last Thursday and Friday of each month has welcomed growing audiences with every production and co-founder Colm O’Brien - along with Maeve McGrath - said he is very happy with the developing project.

“The idea behind it was simply to put a little cultural stamp on the city centre,” said Colm, who managed Bewley’s on Grafton Street, where he founded the successful Bewley’s Theatre, and Bewley’s on Cruises Street when he moved to Limerick in 1998.

“Maeve and I got together and said what can we do in the city and we approached the Savoy who have been very generous. It is a nice idea, it is working well, the hotel are happy and so are we, as are the people who have played there. We have some nice shows lined up for July, August and September so we are really happy with it,” he added.

May saw the enthralling Mephisto Theatre production Grenades by Tara McKevitt, while local actress Frances Healy starred in the opening production in April in Sidhe Theatre company’s production of The Candidate.

Colm, who set up the healthy school lunch business Carambola Kidz in Annacotty that employs around 70 people, said that in the longer term the duo hope to extend to evening and children’s theatre.

The Sweet Shop takes place in the Savoy on July 26 and 27. Tickets €10, includes light lunch. See http://lunchtheatre.eventbrite.ie.