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2017

ART INSTALLATION

29 Mar – 1 Apr 2017

Peer Gynt

Inchicore College of Further Education

Ibsen’s play is a picaresque tale about the amiable rogue Peer Gynt. This version by Frank McGuinness re-makes it into a work as valid for contemporary audiences as when it was written in 1867.

THEATRE

3 – 15 Apr 2017

A Life In The Theatre

Byrne & McNulty

The 2017 revival of (Pulitzer and Tony Award winner) David Mamet’s A Life In The Theatre. David Mamet’s hilarious two-hander charts the relationship between an older actor reaching the twilight of his career, and that of his rising young counterpart.


ART INSTALLATION

13 – 18 Mar 2017

Wit’s End

Christina Reihill

In a resurrection of the 1920’s poet, famed as much for her suicide attempts, abortions and thwarted desires, as for her dark, pithy verse, short stories and journalism, through words, images and objects the artist re-imagines an internal narrative for Parker, to provide a context for the unthought known in the human experience.

THEATRE

20 – 25 Mar 2017

This Looks Bad

Kill the Cat Productions

You’re on a night out. You’re drunk and you think to yourself ‘maybe I should just go home’. But you don’t. Join Claire for This Looks Bad, a dark stumble through Dublin night life.


THEATRE

6 – 11 Mar 2017

Brontë

Illustrated Productions

How could three Victorian spinsters have written some of the most romantic and passionate fiction of all time? Destined to lonesome, isolated lives in the English countryside, three sisters Emily, Charlotte and Anne, face their brothers decline into alcoholism and insanity. But as chaos descends on the household the sisters begin to write, creating works of art that would reach the hearts of millions and span centuries.

OPERA

21 + 23 – 25 Mar 2017

Vampirella

The Royal Irish Academy of Music + The Lir Academy

Set in 1914, Angela Carter’s story tells of Hero, an English soldier on a cycling holiday in the Carpathian Mountains, who seeks shelter in a lonely castle where he meets and disarms the beautiful vampire Countess. Hero’s virgin innocence saves him from being eaten alive by the beautiful blood-sucking woman, but it will not save him from the butchery of the First World War.


DANCE

6 – 8 Mar 2017

Linger

Ériu

Powerful and tender, two dancers at opposite ends of their dancing career share a poignant duet through contemporary Irish dance. Lïnger, performed by ex-Riverdance principal Breandán de Gallaí and Nick O’Connell, is an immersive theatrical experience about sexuality, ageing and identity, told through a rich tapestry of photography, film, music, and movement. 

OPERA

8 Mar 2017

Herstory Hootenanny

HERSTORY

A storytelling extravaganza in celebration of women on International Women’s Day 2017.  This special evening features comedy, poetry, theatre, music, mini talks and a few surprises. From ancient goddesses to contemporary mavericks, discover the lost life stories of extraordinary women from Ireland and around the world.

Performers and speakers include Women are Boring, Amy De Bhrún, CandleLit Tales, Carina Fitzpatrick, Anna Carey, Rebecca T Kealy, Aideen Mc Queen and Fatin Al Tamini, to name but a few.


FESTIVAL

16 – 20 Jan 2017

Smock Allies: Scene + Heard

The festival of New Work

Smock Allies : Scene + Heard is platform for work that is in development. We provide a safe environment with feedback and encouragement to support artists to make new work within the arts. We believe in breaking down barriers to showcase work that is accessible to all, across a variety of disciplines.

OPERA

3 + 4 Feb 2017

Susanna by G.F. Handel

DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama

Handel’s inspiring work brings to life an ageless tale of corruption, courage and vindication. The story tells of the attempted rape of an innocent woman
by two Elders in a close-knit community. Susanna is falsely accused of promiscuity and condemned to death, but the day is saved by the young judge Daniel.


THEATRE

16 – 20 Jan 2017

The Spinning Heart

Ariculate Anatomy Theatre

Everyone loves Bobby Mahon. Everyone that is, except his Da. Revered by his men on the building site, captain of the team that almost won the county final, loved by his wife, Triona, only Bobby himself knows the dark thoughts that prey on his mind, presaging tragic events to come.

THEATRE

24th – 28th Jan 2017

And Then There Were None

No Drama Theatre

Ten strangers receive a mysterious invite to a dinner party on an isolated island. One by one, their various sordid pasts catch up with them.


THEATRE

16 – 20 Jan 2017

Shakespeare for Schools

Gaiety School of Acting

The National Theatre School of Ireland offers Junior Cycle students a choice of two of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, with opportunities to see them at theatres in Dublin, Cork and Portlaoise. This January they perform The Merchant of Venice.

THEATRE

17 – 21 Jan 2017

God Has No Country

Donal Courtney

A dramatic re-telling of the war time exploits of Irish priest Hugh O’Flaherty and how he saved the lives of 6,500 people in Rome during World War 2.


THEATRE

6 – 10 Feb 2017

Shakespeare for Schools

Gaiety School of Acting

The National Theatre School of Ireland offers Junior Cycle students a choice of two of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, with opportunities to see them at theatres in Dublin, Cork and Portlaoise. This February they perform Romeo and Juliet.

YOGA WORKSHOP

14th Jan 2017

WILD Intentions

Lee Tracey

A healthy dose of top notch yoga led by Lee Tracey, accompanied by amazing live musician Gary Dunne, followed by some delicious bites from the good folks of Blazing Salads, topped off with a talk on all things meditation by the fantastic Alison Canavan.


COMEDY

12th Jan 2017

Comedy Corner

FirstFortnight Festival 2017

Queens of droll Eleanor Tiernan and Grainne McKeever present their latest material back-to-back in this FirstFortnight special event.

THEATRE

9th – 14th Jan 2017

Half Light

FirstFortnight Festival 2017

Meet Robin, a ten-year-old boy travelling through the magic, fantastical woodland of his father’s storybook. A tale which is as true as it is untrue; simultaneously fact and fiction. Chaotic yet controlled. Childish yet adult. Half dark and half light.


REHEARSED READING

7th Jan 2017

Pol Na Mone

FirstFortnight Festival 2017

Pol na Mone is Sunday’s Child new interactive theatre piece exploring mental health, identity and how a series of disastrous decisions can change your life forever. We meet Collete, Sabhdh and Jamie, three characters all facing unique life crises.

STORYTELLING

5th Jan 2017

Ancient Echoes from the River of Time

Illuminate Herstory Event

This special evening in conjunction with the nationwide Illuminate Herstory Light Festival, will bring together storyteller Sorcha Hegarty of Candlelit Tales, mythologist and tour guide Treasa Kerrigan of Sacred Sites of Ireland, and the artwork of Jim Fitzpatrick and Courtney Davis, accompanied by the Candlelit Tales musicians.