7 Days + Nights: 15th - 21st October
Friday, October 15
Enron, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin 2
Truth be told, a play about one of the key moments in the global financial crisis doesn't exactly sound like the most scintillating nights out at the theatre. But there's a lot more to Lucy Prebble's play than simply holding up a mirror to our times and forcing us to seriously consider our distorted reflection. In the not so distant past, everyone thought -- well, okay, not all of us, but certainly those financial pen-pushers -- that they were entitled to unlimited gold card lifestyles in line with Gordon Gekko's pursuit of greed. But, boy, did that bubble burst and this unexpectedly exuberant and innovative production uses music, dance and video to capture the moment when the house of cards started to dismantle. Expect to be engaged and enraged.
Saturday, October 16
Green Machines, Science Gallery, Dublin 2
So you haven't got two shekels to rub together and you're wondering how you can play your part in any revolution when you can't even afford the bus fare to the revolution? Well, come to the Science Gallery and your purse will overflow. Upon entering, you'll be given a whopping €5m (in Science Gallery currency) and it's up to you to save the world. Will you back wave power or will you plump for house-insulation made from fungus? Or what about those bamboo bicycles, a computer housed in cardboard or the lighting solution powered simply by algae? Exploring the most cutting-edge developments in sustainable design, Green Machines presents the future made better and it's up to you separate the winners from the gimmicks.
Sunday, October 17
The Social Network, General Release
A film about the founding of Facebook might not sound like rivetting entertainment, but David Fincher has turned a potentially dull story into one of the best mainstream films of the year. Jesse Eisenberg is Mark Zuckerberg, a nerdy Harvard student with very poor social skills who stumbles on an idea for an online social network while posting nasty internet messages about his ex-girlfriend. The eventual result is Facebook, but almost as soon as the site is launched Zuckerberg is sued by fellow students who claim he stole their idea. A fine cast includes Andrew Garfield, Rooney Mara and Justin Timberlake, who plays Napster founder Sean Parker. Aaron Sorkin's brilliant screenplay sparkles with wit and invention, and he and Fincher have created a slick, clever and unfailingly intelligent film.
Monday, October 18
Yeasayer, Olympia, Dublin 2
Imagine an alternate universe where MGMT didn't vanish in a puff of indie-schmindie self-indulgence and instead released the pop-errific follow-up to Oracular Spectacular that their fans have been craving. In other words, a universe where they turned into Yeasayer, whose Odd Blood album plays mash-up with Time To Pretend-brand trippiness and blistering electronica. Tipped for greatness for going on half a decade now, these hairy Brooklynites would appear to be on the brink of the breakthrough they've long deserved with this headline slot at the Olympia.
Tuesday, October 19
The Uncertainty Files, Bewley's Café Theatre, Dublin 2
Continuing the audaciously busy international season at Bewley's Café Theatre this week is a new play by leading Scottish playwright Linda McLean. The Uncertainty Files features three actors seated at separate tables, playing New Yorkers who are plagued with uncertainty about different aspects of their lives -- particularly relationships. Its monologue form may be simple, but the performances were described as "stunning" by the Scotsman newspaper. The play is part of the brilliantly clever 'play, pint and a pie' series of short plays being run by England's Paines Plough and Scotland's Òran Mór companies. Five plays are touring the UK and Dublin simultaneously, each playing a week in each venue. It's a piece of inspired producing, and has given Bewley's a short season of unparalleled strength. www.bewleyscafetheatre.com
Wednesday, October 20
Romeo and Juliet, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin 2
So there's a boy and a girl and they fancy each other from the moment they set eyes on each other. The only stumbling block is that their families are deadly enemies and their burgeoning love is impossible -- which does, of course, make it all the more tantalising. This most classic tale of ill-fated love receives a new interpretation thanks to Ballet Ireland in a major production choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple . With a company of 16 Irish and international dancers, it's in the Gaiety all this week, followed by an extensive tour all over the country.
Thursday, October 21
Sligo Live Sessions, Co Sligo
More than 300 performers will descend on Sligo over this bank holiday weekend for the biggest Slive Live Sessions. The most impressive line up includes Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lloyd Cole, The Stranglers, Republic of Loose, Dervish, Tom Baxter, Eddi Reader, Jerry Fish & the Mudbug Club, Crooked Still, Moya Brennan, Heathers, RSAG, Dead Cat Bounce and a whole lot more. If that wasn't enough, there will be lots of family events during the day, not to mention the world air fiddle championships, which have to be seen to be believed. Best of all, though, almost all of the events are absolutely free.