Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dublin Theatre Festival 2014

Tomorrow - 25th September 2014 - is the first day of this year's Dublin Theatre Festival. The DTF is the highlight of Dublin's "festival season", so I'd like to provide a few suggestions about what you might go see.

The Seagull And Other Birds - Pan Pan Theatre - I saw a rehearsal for this and was impressed and amused. Now, "reimagining of Anton Chekhov's much-loved comic masterpiece" with a play-within-a-play might not sound like it'll actually be funny, but this has potential. There's a different play in each performance, and the one I saw was just hilarious, a deliberate mockery of overly-ambitious art-house-style plays. If you're an infrequent theatre-goer The Seagull might not be for you, but if you're a regular, go see this.

Nearer to the other end of the conventionality spectrum is Spinning, "a contemporary tragedy" by Fishamble. As you might know Fishamble has a strong reputation, so hopefully this will live up to my expectations. I'll let you know.

After Sarah Miles - I saw this one-man play over the summer and gave it 4/5. My review is here. One caveat though: I saw the play in Smock Alley's Boys' School, and I'm not certain it'll work as well in the several venues it'll be shown in as part of the 'festival on tour'.

Hamlet - in German. This could be great, this could be terrible. *Sigh* - now I want to see Hamlet in Danish with the cast from Borgen.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Culture Night is Friday!

Friday 19th September has happened yet and I already know it will be one of the best nights in Dublin city this year.  Why?  Because it's Culture Night.  Dave and I are big fans of the night and over the years, it has seen us try to do as many things as possible (11 is my record!) in one night and, in other more mature years, focus on a particular area.

Here's some links to our previous years coverage, since a lot of the same things are open each year.


2012 - this also includes links to some earlier Culture Nights.

Of these older posts, the places that stick in my mind are the GPO museum and the Freemason's Lodge.

And what about this year?

I'm time poor this year, so I've only got a tour of the Royal College of Surgeons and Malahide Castle on my list.  The former is entirely new to me, and the latter's tour has been revamped in recent years.  I will report back.

If I did have time, here's a few picks.

Tour of Áras an Uachtaráin - quite possibly booked out by now but definitely worth checking out.

Chester Beatty Library - A-Z highlights tour would provide a taster that will make you go back for more.

Dublin Writers Museum - get in there while it's free!

Leprechaun Museum - another one to get in while free, they've got 3 performances and a table quiz this year (surely not all about leprechauns though?)

RTÉ broadcasts Arena live from Meeting House Square - featuring a screening of the Man on Bridge documentary.

The Liberties walking tour - one of the few not booked out.

Whatever you do, make sure to head into town.  There's always a great buzz about the place and lots of people.  Dublin Bus provide some free transport to get around the city.  If you were thinking of using a Dublin bike, get one early and keep it.  They go quickly on Culture Night - even with the new increased capacity.

Have a brilliant night!