May 2015

Theatre Turn Back The Clock

Originally in  honour of Joyce Grenfell’s centenary year, hidden in this comedy revue can be found some of her more delicate and poignant pieces. This gem of nostalgia from the golden age of revue is suitable for all. Delight in the truthful, funny and moving characters. Revel in the evocation of one of the greatest female entertainers of the twentieth century. Performance times: 8pm Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat and 2pm Saturday, 3pm Sunday To book tickets for all shows, please visit http://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/

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Theatre The Picture of Dorian Gray

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the publication of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ European Arts Company returns with a thrilling adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s only novel written by Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland and John O’Connor. Set in the decadent world of Victorian London, a beautiful, narcissistic young man called Dorian Gray becomes infatuated by the exquisite portrait that Basil Hallward has painted of him. He makes a Faustian pact that he will remain forever young while the picture grows old. Combining drawing-room comedy and Gothic horror, this is a gripping and hugely entertaining theatrical event. The Picture of Dorian Gray features a talented cast familiar from stage and screen. To book tickets for all shows, please visit http://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/

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Festival Body & Soul festival

Line-ups like this don’t come along often, so make sure you don’t miss out on what is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best arts and music festivals of the year. Festival organisers implore you to join them on a musical adventure, to explore and discover incredible new music and interact with visual and performance art within the unique setting of Ballinlough Castle in the 15th century walled garden and surrounding woodlands. Body & Soul has been designed to appeal to lovers of nature and electronic music alike and will be an all-encompassing experience, showcasing an incredible line-up of performers, secret hideaways and glittering late night discos. There will also be an inspirational art trail, spoken word and debate, a magnificent masquerade ball, culinary feasts, steaming hot tubs and a fantastic seaweed bath. Leftfield headline the festival, and all are welcome to this unmissable event, from foodies to families, early risers to late night revellers. At Body & Soul there’s something for everyone.

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Art Dalkey Book Festival

The Dalkey book festival has garnered plenty of positive praise over the last 4 years, including a ringing endorsement from none other than Salman Rushdie who called it “the best little festival in the world”. The festival, which was set up by Sian Smyth and David McWilliams in 2010, has played host to an impressive selection of internationally renowned writers, including Booker Prize winners, a Nobel Laureate, Impac winners, Oscar winners and Tony award nominees. The picturesque seaside town of Dalkey has a long and widely celebrated, literary heritage. It is the birthplace of George Bernard Shaw. James Joyce attended school there and it was the stomping ground of both Samuel Beckett and Flann O’Brien. Dalkey truly is the perfect location for a book festival, where you can meet and interact with some truly talented writers in the parks or pubs of this vibrant town. Festival organisers have carefully created a charming and intimate event, which has built a solid reputation for itself. And no matter your reading preferences, there will be something for everyone this year at the Dalkey book festival.

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Dance Dublin Youth Dance Festival

Fans of contemporary dance will not want to miss this fantastic opportunity to enjoy a fusion of jazz, hip hop and breakdancing performed in the Grand Canal area for free, by some of the best youth dance groups from Dublin. Performing with the Dublin Youth Dance Company will be members of Dizzy Footwork Dance Academy, Westside Performing Arts & C&N Dance Academy. Participants will join 80 young dancers as they make their way towards Grand Canal Square to converge in an exhilarating fusion of colour, sound and movement, culminating in an impressive finale against the backdrop of the Dock. The festival will offer an exhilarating, vibrant and fresh new take on the Grand Canal area where dancers will be led by choreographers Mariam Ribón & Karla Holden from the Dublin Youth Dance Company. The celebration, which promises to be fun filled and dynamic, aims to act as a playful contrast to the urban intensity of the Square and the calmness of the surrounding water.

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Art Olivier Cornet Gallery

The name of this exhibition was inspired by the current address of the Olivier Cornet Gallery. The fantastic show is co-curated by art historian and author Arran Henderson, whose research into the area was used by the featured artists as a jumping off point for their work. Arran will be the guest speaker for the exhibition. The show will feature works by gallery artists Mark Doherty, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Michelle Byrne, Adrienne Symes, Jordi Forniés, Hugh Cummins, Conrad Frankel, Kelly Ratchford and Jason Lowe. Eve Parnell, Gerard Cox and Catherine Ryan will also exhibit works. The pieces on display aim to shine a light on the vivid history of 5 Cavendish Row and the surrounding areas. The artists have used the Rotunda hospital and the pleasure gardens as inspiration as well the political upheaval present at a time when Michael Collins took up his residency in Number 5. Discover the long hidden secrets of this incredible space and track the history of the area, from the earliest roots right up to pirate radio stations and be swept along by the thought provoking work of these talented artists.

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