7 days and nights
Friday, October 8
Orphans, Focus Theatre, Dublin 2
Danny and Helen are enjoying an elegant salmon supper in their tastefully designed house when the protected world they have constructed is shattered forever with the arrival of Helen's brother -- covered in blood.
Over the course of a claustrophobically strained night, his account of a violent incident becomes increasingly tangled and the feral, outside world invades and destroys their safe haven. Directed by Mary Moynihan, this is the Irish première of Dennis Kelly's multi-award-winning play that was the talk of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year. As someone who saw that original production, I can confirm it is a very affecting work and should be even more intense in the close confines of the newly reopened Focus Theatre.
Saturday, October 9
Crystal Castles, The Academy, Dublin 1
Man-bags and chunky specs ahoy. Here's a rare treat for trend-surfing, art-rock devotees, as bleep core duo Crystal Castles return to Dublin with LA noise band Health supporting. Ethan Kath and Alice Glass were all over the Twittersphere recently after vocalist Glass lamped a mosher for allegedly groping her at a UK festival, a furore which overshadowed the arrival of their fantastic (self-titled) second album. Openers Health, meanwhile, are past masters at finding beauty in ugliness -- their music can be lumpen and headache-inducing, but, amid the tumult, there is always a glimmer of the sublime.
Sunday, October 10
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, general release
With his Brooks Brothers shirts and garish braces, Gordon Gekko was a one-man embodiment of the hedonistic 80s and one of the truly great screen villains. And in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Oliver Stone revives him just as the biggest crash since 1929 grips the financial world. Gekko has done hard time for insider trading, and seems to have emerged from prison a chastened and wiser man. His daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan) still won't talk to him, but when her trader boyfriend Jake (Shia LaBeouf) approaches the old fox about getting revenge on an unscrupulous banker, Gordo is infected once again with the thrill of the high-stakes financial game. Overlong and badly plotted, this sequel is made watchable and occasionally entertaining by Michael Douglas's brilliant revival of his most famous screen role. With Josh Brolin and Frank Langella.
Monday, October 11
The Adventures of the Wet Señor, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Mayo
This titular señor is very wet, indeed, when he washes ashore on Streedagh Beach in Co Sligo. The year is 1588 and when Spanish captain Francisco De Cuellar lands on these Irish sands, he faces a desperate struggle for survival, to put it mildly, as he embarks on a journey of rather epic proportions from Ben Bulben to the Giant's Causeway, in a bid to get home. Written and directed by the always remarkable Donal O'Kelly (Catalpa, The Cambria), The Adventures of the Wet Señor promises to be an fusion of performance, music, visuals and pure theatre, based on the true story of this certain Spanish captain, starring Jaimie Carswell, Sorcha Fox and Carrie Crowley, with music live on stage by Celtic punk folksters Kíla. It's in Castlebar for one night only, but is on the road, with dates in Sligo, Ballymun, Dundalk, Kilkenny, Clare, Bray, Roscommon and Dun Laoghaire.
Tuesday, October 12
Kaleidoscope, Odessa, Dublin 2
Musical gatherings don't get much more eclectic, experimental or plain out exciting than Kaleidoscope. Curators violinist Cliodhna Ryan and cellist Kate Ellis bring together a multitude of diversely colourful musicians once a month and you really never know what to expect next. This Tuesday, they're joining forces with the Dublin Theatre Festival for a special evening featuring unpublished writing by Colm Toibin about Frederick May. May was many things: violinist, composer, traveller, reprobate, pit musician in the Abbey Theatre and lover of prose. The night will also feature an exploration of Toibin's themes, personalities and ideas through the music of Brahms, May, Taverner and Caoimhin O'Raghallaigh. And Kaleidoscope will be celebrating their first birthday next Friday, with a rollicking shindig in The Grand Social, with headliners Yurodny.
Wednesday, October 13
In the Pipeline, Bewley's Café Theatre, Dublin 2
There may be more than just theatrical interest in Welsh playwright Gary Owen's new play, running for just this week in Bewley's. In the Pipeline tells the story of a massive liquid-gas line being laid through the Welsh countryside, and of the travails of three of those who are caught in its path. With the Corrib controversy simmering on, it will be intriguing to see how closely Owen's play reflects Irish concerns. The Scotsman newspaper thought it "often sensationally powerful". The play is the second in a five-play series running at Bewley's in an innovative collaboration with British new writing company Paines Plough and Glasgow's Òran Mór, bringing a string of award-winning playwrights to Dublin audiences over lunch.
Thursday, October 14
The Author, Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2
"I have the choice to continue. I have the choice to stop." Well, if you're sitting in the audience for Tim Crouch's latest show, you will also have the choice to be a part of it. It's about a writer called Tim Crouch, who has written a successful and shocking play about violent abuse that has been staged at the Project, the two actors who appeared in it and a man who saw it. It's really about us, what we see and what we choose to see. And you won't be able to ignore it, as it will unfold all around you. Crouch was last seen in Dublin two years ago with his show England and this new show has been described as "a devastating riff on ways of seeing and turning a blind eye to our own moral choices". Prepare to get involved.