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Anne Gildea’s – “How to Get The Menopause and Enjoy It” Show Returns to Ireland

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Anne Gildea is a Dublin-based comedienne. Her current show How to get The Menopause and Enjoy It, launched in Dublin’s Viking Theatre on Valentine’s Day 2022. The show’s combination of comedy, information, warmth, and authenticity proved an instant sell-out hit: HTGTM&EI is currently on its third tour of Irish theatres, in addition to international dates in the UK and Europe. Gildea has just announced a host of shows in Ireland from March straight through to December 2024! (See dates below).

Anne will also be touring with preeminent menopause expert, Dr Louise Newson as a comedic contributor to her show ‘Hormones and Menopause – The Great Debate’ show. From Portsmouth to London’s West End to Inverness, this 35-date tour will be all over the UK Autumn/Winter 2024.

Previously Anne was a co-founder and long-time creative/performer with The Nualas, (1995-2018) Ireland’s top shiny-dressed, musical-comedy girl- trio. Their unique brand of intricately-arranged, self-penned song and provocative chat about current stuff proved a huge success.

They toured worldwide most notably playing The Royal Albert Hall, London; a sell-out seven-week run at The Irish Arts Centre, New York; multiple sell-out seasons at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival; a six-week sell-out at the Drill Hall, London, nine-weeks at The Tivoli, and five-weeks at The Academy, Dublin, as well as The Olympia Theatre and Vicar Street,  Dublin, The Opera Houses in Belfast and Cork, a 64-date tour of the UK in 2001,  and countless other major venues across Ireland, Australia and Asia.

Many international radio and TV appearances over the years included a double headliner on BBC One TV’s Stand-Up Show, with US comic Jon Stewart, BBC’s Edinburgh Nights, and The Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala, Seven Network, Australia as well as guesting on shows including BBC Radio’s The Ned Sherrin Show, The World Service’s The Arts Show, and writing and recording several radio series for BBC Radio 4.

Smidgen of Nuala Reviews:

‘Must see.’ NY Times |  ‘Dammit! The Nualas can sing and make your face ache from laughing’. Time Out, London | ‘They had a capacity crowd eating out of their hands.’  The Evening Standard, London |  ‘Sequin chic and bone-dry wit’ Independent, London | ‘The audience bayed, clamoured and stamped for more. I haven’t seen the like at a ‘Fringe show before!’ ‘ Edinburgh Evening News | ‘Genius.’ The Scotsman | ‘A world class act’ Sunday Times | ‘Feckin’ great.’  The Village Voice, NY

Solo, as a comedy writer/performer Anne was headline performer on 5 RTE TV series:  X-it File (2 series), X-it Pole, The Gerry Ryan To-Night Show and The Dog’s Dinner, & featured in comedy-doc The Green, Green Grass of Home, and serio-doc No Laughing Matter, which followed her treatment for breast cancer in 2011. She has appeared in other telly such as Fr. Ted (Channel Four) and Bridget and Eamon (RTE).

As a stand-up Anne head-lined an episode of RTE’s The Liffey Laughs, and guested on The Late, Late Show. Live she has performed all over Ireland, in the US and in the UK,  where she started out doing comedy  with the trio, Doris Karloff, London, ‘89.

She has published two books, a novel, Deadlines and Dickheads, (O’Brien Press 2006) and a memoir, I’ve got Cancer What’s Your Excuse (Hachette, 2013) The latter inspired the feature film, The Bright Side, which premiered in cinemas in August 2021 and streamed on Amazon Prime from May 2022.

‘Talented, confident and phenomenally quick-witted,’ Chortle |

‘Irresistibly hilarious’ Irish Times |

 ‘Laugh out loud funny.’ Hot Press|

Ireland’s answer to David Sedaris.’ GCN |

Anne was a featured columnist for seven and a half years with The Irish Mail on Sunday, by-line ‘A wickedly funny take on modern Ireland’, and has also written for other publications including   The Irish Times, Examiner, Independent &  The Irish Post, London.

Selection of How to Get The Menopause and Enjoy It reviews:

‘Never has the female body been put under such an hilarious microscope… this funny and taboo-busting work blasts the lid right off. Utterly punk.’ – Irish Independent

‘So canny, funny, smart, on-point and hilarious. Wonderful tonic and cultural link to our bonkers past.’ – June Caldwell (writer)

‘Anne Gildea’s show is one-woman genius. Hilarious and educational in equal parts.’ –Loretta Dignam, founder, Menopause Hub, Dublin

‘Amazingly funny and really accurate menopause show – loved it!’ – Dr. Deirdre Lundy, menopause specialist.

ANNE GILDEA  ‘How to Get the Menopause & Enjoy It’

Irish TOUR DATES March – Dec 2024

WATERGATE THEATRE – Kilkenny – Sat 23 March

ESKER ARTS CENTRE  – Tullamore, Co. Offaly  – Fri 29 March  SOLD OUT

NATIONAL OPERA HOUSE – Wexford –  Sat 13 April

CLAREMORRIS TOWN HALL – Claremorris, Co. Mayo –  Sat 20 April

SOLSTICE  ARTS CENTRE, Navan, Co. Meath  – Friday 10 May

THE EXCHANGE – Twickenham,  London – 17 & 18 May

RAMOR –  Virginia, Co. Cavan –  Sat 01 June

DUNAMAISE ARTS CENTRE – Portlaoise Co. Offaly  – Friday 14th June

THE CIVIC THEATRE –  Tallaght, Dublin – Sat 29th June

FRIARS GATE, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick – Fri 06 September

THE VENUE THEATRE,  Ratoath, Co. Meath –  Sat  07 September

HAWK’S WELL THEATRE – Sligo –  Friday 13 September

GlÓR, Ennis, Co. Clare – Saturday 14th September

ÍONTAS THEATRE –  Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan  –  Sat 21 September

TOWN HALL THEATRE – Westport, Co. Mayo – Friday 15 November

BACKSTAGE THEATRE – Longford –   Sat 16 November

TUAR ARD ARTS CENTRE – Moate, Co. Westmeath – Fri  22 November

ABBEY TAVERN – Howth, Co. Dublin – Sat  23 November

MERMAID ARTS CENTRE – BRAY, Co.  Wicklow –  Sat  30 November

AN GRIANÁN – Letterkenny, Co. Donegal – Sat 14 December


Dr Louise Newson Live TOUR DATES 26 Sept – 12 Nov (+  Anne Gildea will be providing a comedic perspective in the show.

Fri 27 Sept Stafford

Sun 29 Sept The Haymarket Basingstoke

Mon 30 Sept Epsom Playhouse Epsom

Tue 1 Oct Nottingham Playhouse Nottingham

Wed 2 Oct Venue Cymru Llandudno

Thu 3 Oct The Atkinson Southport

Fri 4 Oct Kendal Leisure Centre Kendal

Sun 6 Oct Eden Court Inverness

Mon 7 Oct Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Tue 8 Oct Perth Concert Hall Perth

Thu 10 Oct Buxton Opera House Buxton

Fri 11 Oct CAST Doncaster

Sat 12 Oct Storyhouse Chester

Sun 13 Oct Lichfield Garrick Theatre Lichfield

Mon 14 Oct Chelmsford Theatre Chelmsford

Tue 15 Oct Theatre Severn Shrewsbury

Wed 16 Oct The Redgrave Theatre Bristol

Fri 18 Oct Darlington Hippodrome Darlington

Sun 20 Oct Theatre Royal Winchester Winchester

Mon 21 Oct The Duchess Theatre London

Tue 22 Oct The Hawth Crawley

Wed 23 Oct Pavilion Theatre Worthing

Thu 24 Oct Exeter Northcott Theatre Exeter

Fri 25 Oct Swan Theatre Worcester

Sun 3 Nov Kings Hall Ilkley

Mon 4 Nov The Apex Bury Saint Edmunds

Tue 5 Nov Royal & Derngate Northampton

Wed 6 Nov Lighthouse Poole

Thu 7 Nov Grove Theatre Dunstable

Fri 8 Nov Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells

Sat 9 Nov Warwick Art Centre Coventry

Sun 10 Nov Rose Theatre Kingston

Mon 11 Nov New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

Tue 12 Nov The Alban Arena St Albans

See Anne Gildea’s official website for all links to tickets and shows!

WEBSITE www.annegildea.com



Frank Kelly of Father Ted fame to release “Collected Sketches” as digital singles over Christmas.

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The wonderful Frank Kelly of Father Ted fame…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Kelly has collected 32 clips (between 4-8mins in length) of audio comedy sketches which were originally broadcast as The Glenabbey Show on RTÉ radio in the 80’s. They were hugely popular and came before Dermot Morgan’s Scrap Saturday etc. Furthermore, we’re delighted to announce the release of these sketches as digital singles throughout Dec through to early Jan on the following schedule below.
Most recently best known for his part as Father Jack Hackett in the hugely successful Channel 4 comedy Father Ted, Frank Kelly has been at the forefront of broadcasting, comedy and TV, film and theatre acting for over 40 years. Frank made an impressive start to his film career, appearing as a prison officer in the opening sequence of the iconic Michael Caine movie The Italian Job (1969). In addition to starring in RTÉ children’s series Wanderley Wagon for nearly 14 years, Frank also wrote scripts for many episodes, sowing the seeds of his future stint as an award winning comedy writer on the current affairs satirical comedy programme “Hall’s Pictorial Weekly” running throughout the 70’s.

Frank wrote a parody Christmas song in 1982 which would become a career highlight and be fondly remembered forever more. The song was called “Christmas Countdown”, a sketch loosely based on the “12 Days of Christmas” carol. It would reach the top 10 of the Irish charts and the top 30 in the UK charts the following year. An album of the same name was released featuring the song plus sketches from Frank’s weekday RTÉ Radio programme, The Glen Abbey Show. In 2010 Frank was cast in ITV’s Emmerdale, one of the UK’s most popular soaps. His role concluded after a year on the show.


Theatrical Costumes



Creative Urge

Public Stream Link_Public:

Life Ring: https://soundcloud.com/iml-crashed/frank-01?in=iml-crashed/sets/frank-kelly-the-glen-abbey/s-fJaw6



Ballykilferrit Towers

Festy’s Shannon Trip


The Bard of Wicklow

Rugby Match

Public Stream Link_Public:

Ballykilferrit Towers: https://soundcloud.com/iml-crashed/frank-06?in=iml-crashed/sets/frank-kelly-the-glen-abbey/s-fJaw6



Corruption Day

Dear Frank (Part 1)

Tractor Hire

Festy at Spring Show


Public Stream Link_Public:

Corruption Day: https://soundcloud.com/iml-crashed/frank-11?in=iml-crashed/sets/frank-kelly-the-glen-abbey/s-fJaw6



Hawaii 5-0

Beauty Contest

Ayatulla Céilí Band

Enforced Tourism

Bookshop (Part 1)

Public Stream Link_Public:

Hawaii 5-0: https://soundcloud.com/iml-crashed/frank-16?in=iml-crashed/sets/frank-kelly-the-glen-abbey/s-fJaw6

FRIDAY 3RD JANInterviewFeshty Veruka

Dear Frank (Part 2)

Sand Lorry

Origins of Rugby

Public Stream Link_Public:

Interview: https://soundcloud.com/iml-crashed/frank-21?in=iml-crashed/sets/frank-kelly-the-glen-abbey/s-fJaw6



Feshty Paris


Garda Checkpoint

Gilhooley’s Christmas Drinks

Swine Festival

Festy in USA

Bookshop (Part 2)

Public Stream Link_Public:

Feshty Paris: https://soundcloud.com/iml-crashed/frank-26?in=iml-crashed/sets/frank-kelly-the-glen-abbey/s-fJaw6

Christmas Countdown Stream Link_Public: https://soundcloud.com/iml-crashed/frank-kelly-christmas

Frank Kelly on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/frankkellyitunes