10 Things to do in Dublin this weekend…
Oscar Wilde, Bernard Shaw, home-grown musical treats, first-rate stand-up and a little bit of Christmas spirit. Yep, it’s weekend time again, folks. So, grab your hats and scarves - we’ve got your itinerary sorted…
The Big Concert
Just when you think that tickets for two of the biggest gigs of the week have all but sold out, along comes a message from concert promoters MCD to tell us that a limited amount of “extra production holds” have just been released (that’s extra tickets to you and me). Best get a move on – there’s a huge demand to see Steve Garrigan and his boys from Swords in action, what with Kodaline being one of the most successful, home-grown pop-rock acts of the decade (they know their way around a chorus, that’s for sure). Supporting the lads on Friday from 7.15pm are Gabrielle Aplin and Little Hours, with All Tvvins replacing the latter on Saturday. Two nights, one huge headliner – but hurry, before the tickets are all gone! Tonight and tomorrow. For ticket info, stage times and more, visit www.mcd.ie / www.ticketmaster.ie.
The Importance of Being Earnest, Gate Theatre
Oscar Wilde’s timeless tale of crossed wires and mistaken identities still makes us chuckle. Do Jack and Algernon have what it takes to win the hearts of Gwendolyn and Cecily? Who is the best Earnest among them, and what will the great Lady Bracknell have to say about their shenanigans, eh? There may be trouble ahead with director Patrick Mason taking the reins, and the always reliable Marty Rea and Rory Nolan leading the cast as our bumbling bachelors in love. Deirdre Donnelly plays the aforementioned Lady. She gets all the best lines, naturally…
Running daily (except Sundays) until January 30. Evening shows: 7.30pm. Tickets €25 - €35 available at www.gatetheatre.ie.
The Homecoming Gig
Jape, Vicar Street
Two-time Choice Music Prize winner Richie Egan is coming home for Christmas (the talented Dubliner relocated to Sweden a while back…yeah, we’ve missed him, too). Fifth
studio album, This Chemical Sea, was released earlier this year, and with a stellar collection of tasty electronic rock grooves in his back pocket, we could very well be in for an awesome festive hoo-hah. The superb Booka Brass Band is on support duty, as are acclaimed newcomers, Pleasure Beach… Saturday, 7.30pm. Tickets €18 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
The Big Comedy Show
Jimmy Carr, Olympia Theatre
Have you ever heard Jimmy Carr laughing? Seriously, we’d listen to that chap chuckling all day. Luckily, he tells good jokes, too. Indeed, the man with the most unrepeatable one-liners in comedy plays four Dublin gigs in two nights. Ambitious? You betcha, but we think he can handle it. Get your skates on – the early shows are sold out, but there are still some tickets left for the late shows. Oh, and don’t you dare heckle him, you hear? He’ll only destroy you… Tonight and tomorrow at 9.45pm. Tickets €36.50 / €38.50 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
The Anniversary Gig
Happy Mondays, Vicar Street
Shaun Ryder and the gang step on up (see what we did there?), celebrating 25 years of Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches. But wait – there’s more. If a couple of hours in the company of these Madchester legends isn’t enough, then you might be interested to hear that good-old Bez (our favourite maracas player in the world) will be putting in the over-time with a DJ set at the official after-party in the Workman’s Club. We can’t wait to see those selfies…
Tonight, 7.30pm (Vicar Street) / 11.30pm (The Workman’s Club). Tickets €35 (the gig) and €12 (the party) available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
Damian Clark, Upstairs in Whelan’s
Okay, so this sounds interesting. The name of the show is ‘Grand Theft Damo’ (which we love) and it’s about Australian joke-teller Damian Clark’s quest to find his stolen phone. Well, that’s not even the half of it. In fact, the year-long search began when Damo (a smashing jester, mind) discovered a few, ahem, questionable photos in his iCloud. Prepare to be shocked…and to laugh yourself silly, no doubt. Sunday, 8pm. Tickets €10 available at www.whelanslive.com.
You Never Can Tell, Abbey Theatre
A touch of Bernard Shaw magic at Ireland’s National Theatre this Christmas? Don’t mind if we do. What’s ‘You Never Can Tell’ about? Well, basically, a family moves to a seaside hotel and all hell breaks loose. Apparently, there’s a “love-struck dentist” in there, too. Oh, and it’s a comedy - but we won’t spoil any more. Conall Morrison directs, with the excellent Denis Conway and Eleanor Methven leading the cast.
Running daily (except Sundays) until February 6. Evening shows: 7.30pm. Tickets €13 – €45 available at www.abbeytheatre.ie.
The Yuletide Festival
Christmas at Farmleigh 2015
Did you know that they have puppet shows, storytelling sessions, carol singing and horse and carriage rides at Farmleigh this Christmas? You do now. It’s all free, too, and guess what? The Christmas food and craft market is open all weekend. Sweet. Let’s hope they’ve got mince pies and gingerbread men…and maybe a little mulled wine. Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 5pm. For a full programme of events, visit www.farmleigh.ie.
The Christmas Market
Dublin Flea Christmas Market 2015
More festive goodies, as the Dublin Flea Market relocates to the Point Village for three days, featuring more than 100 stalls of “local design, art, craft, second-hand, vintage, collectables, music and food”. The perfect place, in fact, to get those all-important prezzies sorted. Let’s hope the weather gods play ball…
Friday (12pm – 7pm), Saturday and Sunday (11am – 6pm). For more, visit www.dublinflea.ie.
Fleabag and A Christmas Carol at Smock Alley Theatre
With so many new plays kicking off this weekend, we couldn’t decide which ones to leave out, so why don’t we bend the rules and recommend a couple of treats over at the Smock Alley Theatre? First up, A Christmas Carol. Ah yes, Charles Dickens’ festive favourite is back on the stage, in a new adaptation by John Gentile. It’s a family show, and there are matinees over the weekend (the play runs until December 22), but according to the website, one of the ghosts is a little on the freaky side (you’ve been warned). Also at Smock Alley, we have Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Bad Mouth Theatre’s Fleabag which, we’re told, is about a “week in the life of some sort of a modern woman” (straight from the press release, that one). Starring Hannah O’Reilly, it’s running until Sunday, and features “explicit content”. And there you have it - two very different shows for your viewing pleasure. Just don’t get them mixed up… For ticket info and more, visit www.smockalley.com.