Thursday 23 November 2017

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend

Bill Bailey performs in Dublin, Galway, Belfast and Cork later this year.
Bill Bailey performs in Dublin, Galway, Belfast and Cork later this year.
Cast members form Hooked! which is part of the Dublin Theatre Festical
Jason McAteer, Robbie Fowler and Dietmar Hamann
Hare Squad
Diarmuid Ferriter

New bands! New theatre! New dinosaurs! All new Bill Bailey!

Holy smokes, there’s a lot happening out there in the city this weekend. What, you still don’t have a plan yet? Don’t sweat it. We’ve got this…

The Comedian

Bill Bailey, Olympia Theatre

Have you checked out the name of Bill Bailey’s new show? ‘Limboland’, he calls it: “The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are”. Bloody heck, Bailey’s gone all heavy on…wait, no. He’s always been like that, the British comedian with perfect pitch and an IQ to match, having long since established himself as the go-to funny man for all things surreal, quirky and musical.

The guy is good. Very, very good, in fact, and we’ve heard he’s got a cracking story about a family trip to Norway up his sleeve. He’s in the capital for three nights. Grab a ticket, while you still can…

Thursday – Saturday. Tickets from €30 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Choir

Dublin Gospel Choir, Vicar Street


As in, the choir that always brings a smile to our hungover faces on the main stage at the Electric Picnic (they perform in Stradbally every year, you know). Believe it or not, it’s officially 20 years since the world-renowned Dublin Gospel Choir was formed.

In that time, they’ve performed with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Outkast and Take That. They’ve also found time to crack the charts, and DGC usually notch up about, oh, 100 gigs a year. Nice work, right? A new album is on the way, and this special 20th anniversary show might just attract a few famous musical guests on the night…

Friday. Tickets priced €28 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


Theatre Time

Dublin Theatre Festival 2015

Cast members form Hooked! which is part of the Dublin Theatre Festical

One week into DTF 2015 and we’re still hungry for more world-class theatre. We’re betting you are, too, so how about we suggest three more plays for your viewing pleasure this weekend? For quirky and colourful father/daughter troubles, check out Newcastlewest at the Smock Alley Theatre (ends Sunday).

An “attractive young Dubliner” causes controversy in a small country village in Gillian Grattan and Don Wycherley’s Hooked! at the Civic Theatre (ends Saturday), and there’s lots of family fun to be had with Manxmouse, the story of a bright blue mouse with huge rabbit ears, over at The Ark until Sunday. They really are spoiling us this year…

For a full programme of events and ticket prices, visit www.dublintheatrefestival.com.


A Lunchtime Treat

Just Here, Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt


DTF isn’t the only platform for new Irish theatre this month. Over at Bewley’s Café Theatre’s temporary residence in Powerscourt Townhouse, we have Eugene O’Brien’s new play, Just Here, starring the great Daniel Reardon, which tells the story of John, an elderly man whose days are interchangeable.

That is, until a strange letter arrives on his doorstep, dragging up a “traumatic event” from his past that could change everything. As always, lunch is available in the theatre for €4, so you can dine on some tasty soup while you watch. Lovely.

Running daily at 1pm (except Sundays) until October 10th. Tickets: €8 - €12. For more, visit www.bewleyscafetheatre.com.


Q&A Fun

Table Quiz Thursdays at the Grand Social


We’re gonna get your weekend started early. Why? Because we love a good pub quiz, that’s why. Better still, Table Quiz Thursdays at the Ballroom in the Grand Social on Lower Liffey Street is offering punters the chance to win a golden ticket, i.e. free entry to gigs and club nights at the Grand Social for an entire year. Questions will cover music, film, sport, entertainment and general knowledge and you gotta have at least two people on your team (max four). Did we mention that it’s free to enter? And, get this - there are spot prizes aplenty, for the losing teams and everything. Mega.

Thursday, 7.30pm – 11pm. For more, visit www.thegrandsocial.ie.


Footie Memories

A Night with Fowler, Hamann and McAteer at the Button Factory

Jason McAteer, Robbie Fowler and Dietmar Hamann

Dietmar Hamann, Robbie Fowler and Jason McAteer touch down in Dublin tomorrow night with their celebrated storytelling show in which the former Liverpool FC players share classic and hilarious tales and anecdotes about their glory days at Anfield. There will be raffles and auctions, too, in which fans will be given the chance to walk away with some swanky LFC memorabilia. Nice…

Friday from 7pm. Tickets: €30 general admission / €60 meet and greet. For more, visit www.buttonfactory.ie.


The (Music) Festival

Hard Working Class Heroes 2015

Hare Squad

You’ll need comfortable footwear for this one. Yes, the annual Hard Working Class Heroes festival returns to the capital this weekend for its 13th year, showcasing new and emerging, independent music talent in Ireland. As usual, there are more than 100 acts on the bill, with the festival taking over a number of venues over three nights, in and around the city centre, including The Academy, The Workman’s Club and The Mercantile. That’s a lot of musical hop-scotching right there. Meanwhile, the ‘Convention’ side of things (it’s a music fest and a conference in one) offers up a neat range of panels and workshops.

So, who stands out on the bill? Well, we’d definitely recommend local rock duo, Darling, and young hip hop heroes, Hare Squead. Roisin O is also part of the line-up, as are eight-piece funk and soul ensemble, ZASKA, Belfast electro-pop outfit, Pleasure Beach, jazz trio The CEO Experiment and the acclaimed Maud in Cahoots. We’re merely scratching the surface with that lot. Watch out for the day-time pop-up gigs, too…

Thursday – Saturday, city-wide. For a full line-up of events and ticket prices, visit www.hwch.net. 


The (Literature) Festival

ISLA Literary Festival 2015, Lincoln Place

Diarmuid Ferriter

The Irish, Spanish, Latin American Literary Festival returns for its fourth year, with a stellar line-up of guest speakers partaking in a series of interviews, round table discussions and readings on Irish and Hispanic literature at the Instituto Cervantes Dublin in Lincoln House. Admission over the three days is free, but places are limited. Diarmaid Ferriter, Andrea Jeftanovic, Mónica Lavín, Audrey Magee and Dave Hendrick are just some of the authors that will be attending, and the festival kicks off at 4.30pm on Friday. The first discussion is entitled ‘Resisting Oblivion’. Things may get deep…

Friday – Sunday. For more, visit www.dublin.cervantes.es.


Dino Fun

Jurassic Adventures at the Helix

Jurassic Adventures at the Helix.jpg

We’re told that the folks at Disney on Ice had a hand in this one. Basically, Jurassic Adventures is about dinosaurs. Obviously. Look, all you need to know is that it’s a fully-scripted show, set on a “magical island”, with real-life actors. Oh, and there’s an angry T-Rex mammy involved (she may or may not be a huge puppet…it’s hard to tell). Suitable for ages 4 and up, it’s Jurassic Park Goes to the Theatre, and it looks deadly. Trust us. We watched the trailer on YouTube…

Friday, 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Tickets from €18 available at www.thehelix.ie.


The Tour

Dark Land at the National Leprechaun Museum

Dark Land at the National Leprechaun Museum.jpg

We’re counting down the days until Hallowe’en, and what better way to get the fright-fest started than with a trip to the National Leprechaun Museum on Jervis Street for ‘Dark Land’ a night-time tour that explores “the dark twisted side of Irish story-telling”. Hey, they said it themselves – it’s all very tongue-in-cheek, but begorrah and bejaysus, a little scary Irish folklore never hurt anybody. To be sure, to be sure. No refunds “for scaredy cats”, according to the website. Well played.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 8:30pm. Adults only. Tickets: €15. For more, visit www.leprechaunmuseum.ie.

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