Monday, December 31, 2012

NYE party in the Little Green

From the Little Green Cafe & Bar on High Street, Dublin 8:

The NYE Summer Soulstice
The Little Green Bar & Secret Location

December 31st
18:00 - 06:00
*60's dress is essential*

Are you pining for those long summer festival days spent in the lovely company of a few friends, warm weather and a cold beer in hand....

This New Years Eve we're shaking off the winter blues and putting on our dancing shoes with a Sixties Summer Festival inspired all nighter. We've have 12 hours of Soul, Northern Soul, Funk, Rock N' Roll & Motown dished out by 12 of Dublin's best spread across two venues.

We're setting the mood by transforming The Little Green from a Café/Gallery, Bar into a charming Woodstock like festival site equipped with Tee Pee's, Bunting, Fairy Lights & all things beautifully retro and festival like. From 6pm - 1am we'll be ringing in the New year in swinging style in The Little Green before making our way to our super secret All Nighter location.

Admission to The Little Green is free, tickets for the All Nighter are E20 and the first 200 tickets are available to reserve by sending a mail to little.green.gallery@gmail.com. (Reservations of tickets is highly advised to guarantee entry as tickets available on the night are from The Little Green only and the bar will hit capacity at an early stage).

Your ticket will get you a wealth of goodies...
Your wristband to the All Nighter party
A glass of bubbly to toast in the new year
Finger food at The Little Green
**we will also be letting off 200 wish balloons at midnight**
Ticket holders will receive a helium filled balloon to write their wishes for 2013 on and let them off into the night.

Whether you're a Mod, Hippie or Go-Go we want to see you in your Fred Perry's, your Bell Bottom's, your Tie Dye, your Bandana's, your Box Shaped PVC's & your Mop Tops depending on what you're into!!|

This New Years Eve we're going to party like it's 1969!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Review: Kill Me, Deadly

No Drama Theatre's latest production is a comedy called Kill Me, Deadly, a parody of film noir gangster movies such as the 1955 film which presumably inspired the play's name, Kiss Me Deadly. This is the first Irish production of the play. The story follows private detective Charlie Nickels, played by Keith Cooper, whose investigations on behalf of a wealthy client lead him through Los Angeles' bars and seedy backalleys, in pursuit of truth, stolen goods, and a blonde femme fatale.

Although No Drama Theatre is an amateur group they have a track record of successful and entertaining productions. This time though the stagecraft was amateur in the pejorative sense - from problems with props to curtains that didn't operate properly, and most of all mismatches between lighting and the on-stage action. It's easy to take the backstage ninjas for granted, and I admit that I rarely comment on a job well done, but sadly their work is most evident when it goes wrong.

The play was saved by the actors. No Drama is primarily an improv group and perhaps this helped them cope well with surprises. I've seen professional actors horribly ignore errant props, but the actors in this production struck just the right balance between getting on with the script and responding to the unexpected. Keith Cooper's physical acknowledgement of a door not opening properly turned it into part of the comedy, something the audience could laugh at without mocking the production. Sarah Moloney, playing Mona Livingston, coped equally well when a match wouldn't light. And leaving aside the stagecraft, there's some great material to work with in the script; wonderfully clichéd noir dialogue and monologue.

Maybe the best thing I can say about this play is that it left me wanting to watch film noir. It's not a style I've seen much of - or have much cared for - but this parody makes it look interesting. Funny and enjoyable. Go see it, baby.

Kill Me Deadly runs in the Sean O'Casey Community Centre theatre until Saturday 8th December 2012. Tickets cost €12 (€10 concession) and can be booked here. The play starts at 8 pm and runs for a little over 2 hours 30 minutes including the interval.

PS It looks like there'll be a film based on the play released next year - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2022441/.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New plays

Ah, the inevitable difficulty of choosing between plays. Tonight is the opening night of a production of Kill Me Deadly by No Drama Theatre, but also the start of preview showings of Jezebel in Project Arts Centre. As Jezebel is in preview and has a longer run, I'll be going to see the No Drama production. It's on in the nice but hard-to-find-for-the-first-time Sean O'Casey Community Centre Theatre in Eastwall.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

First Thursdays - December 2012

December 6th is another 'First Thursday', when galleries and other cultural spaces stay open late, frequently with launches or special events. It's run by Temple Bar Cultural Trust and details of this month's First Thursday are here.

At 5:30 pm the Christmas lights will be switched on in Temple Bar's Old City, with mulled wine and mince pies. (Actually the lights seem to have been on for some time already so I'm not quite sure what TBCT have in mind... but hey, mulled wine and mince pies.) Then at 6 pm First Thursday proper kicks off; officially it continues until 8 pm but sometimes individual venues are still open after that.

Worth a look: Project Arts Centre for their tour of their latest exhibition; Little Green Street Gallery launch a new exhibition (and their launches are fun); Science Gallery; White Lady Art, a new gallery just recently opened.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Big Smoke Writing - Winter Literary Cafe

Big Smoke Writing are holding their Winter Literary Café event later today. It's on from 6 pm to 9 pm in The Back Loft in La Catedral Studios. There'll be readings from Big Smoke's students and guests, live music and mulled wine. The event is free and based on my previous experience of this I'm sure it'll be a lot of fun.