7 days + nights: 4th - 10th March
FRIDAY, MARCH 4
No Romance, Peacock Theatre, Dublin 1
"It's amazing the things you can not say to someone when they're in the bed beside you. it's amazing the things you can keep to yourself."
You see, Laura has a secret she's still keeping, Joe's secret has been unveiled, but Peg has been keeping hers for years. Does love mean revealing all? When did it become important to share every passing thought to prove your love is true? Such is the opening premise for Nancy Harris's first play, receiving its world premiere at the Peacock Theatre this week. Directed by director-de-jour Wayne Jordan, this features an impressively stellar cast including Conor Mullen, Janet Moran, Stephen Brennan and Tina Kellegher.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5
The Naked And Famous, Button Factory
It may be considered a curse by some, but there can be no denying the pulling power of the BBC's Sound Of ... poll. Such is the weight of expectation piled upon the shoulders of this fresh-faced New Zealand band after their appearance in this year's poll that they have had to move their first Irish headline gig from Crawdaddy to the Button Factory. Their debut album Passive Me, Aggressive You is out next Friday, so expect a run through of tracks from that. And support on the night will be provided by Cloud Control. Here's hoping the curse has lifted and TNAF don't disappear without a trace like so many of their poll predecessors.
SUNDAY, MARCH 6
Russian Cultural Festival, Various Venues, Temple Bar
While many of us will be tossers next Tuesday (well, some of us might be tossers more often that that), the traditional Russian pancake day is actually this Sunday and there will be festivities this afternoon to mark the end of a week-long Russian cultural celebration. Traditional Russian music, dance, theatre, cinema, exhibitions, lectures and food will all be explored and experienced in a variety of events that culminate today with a major family session of pancake tossing. Earlier this week, you will have had the chance to face off against Grandmaster of chess Alexander Baburin and see a screening of a fully restored version of the enduringly glorious Battleship Potemkin.
MONDAY, MARCH 7
The Haunting, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin 2
Charles Dickens was fascinated by the spirit world, dabbling in the occult himself and writing a large number of ghost stories. Taking elements of five of these tales and also Dickens' own life, Hugh Janes has created an evening determined to shake you to your marrow. Picture crumbling walls, a ceiling fallen in, the wind howling eerily and a storm looming ominously in the distance to set the scene. A young book dealer David Filde (played by EastEnders' Charlie Clements) arrives to catalogue an impressive library but soon discovers he isn't alone amongst the books. Co-starring Paul Nicholas, this West End production promises to be most unsettlingly gripping indeed.
TUESDAY, MARCH 8
Pappy's Fun Club, Workman's Club
Before you give up laughing for Lent, why not have one last blast at this new comedy night. One of Limerick's most successful comedy nights, Schnitzel, has travelled east to take up residence in this waterside venue. Launching themselves on unsuspecting Dublin humour-seekers with a bang, they have lined up Pappy's Fun Club to tickle even the most elusive funny bone. This British sketch group have won an impressive range of accolades and awards and were nominated for the prestigious Edinburgh comedy award. They have appeared in their own shows on Channel 4 and BBC's Radio 4 and are widely regarded as rather comedic. Let's see if they can win over the ever-cynical Dublin audiences.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9
Justin Bieber, O2, Dublin 1
The tween pin-up equivalent of Spanish influenza, Bieber fevers sweeps Ireland as the helmet-haired pop alien prepares to make his live debut here. With his puppy eyes and boy-next-door warble quite literally triggering riots in America, the Canadian's two-night stand will no doubt prompt scenes of hormonal pandemonium at the O2. Musically, Bieber isn't exactly a Justin Timberlake in waiting -- his gloopy, unthreatening sound is one part early Michael Jackson, two parts Donny Osmond, but as a teenage idol the 16-year-old's ability to whip fans into a frenzy verges on the supernatural. If you are old enough to legally drive to the concert, all we can say is pack earplugs. Up to two hours of non-stop adolescent shrieking may well send you home with a ringing head and a perforated ear drum. Second of two nights.
THURSDAY, MARCH 10
The Adjustment Bureau, On General Release
Yet another film based on the stories of Philip K Dick, The Adjustment Bureau is a diverting and nicely made sci-fi caper that wears a little thin before the end but is rendered very watchable by the fizzing charisma between its two leads. Matt Damon plays David Norris, an up-and-coming US Congressman who's running for the Senate when he meets a young dancer called Elise (Emily Blunt). They fall in love but Norris then finds that a sinister and possibly extraterrestrial organisation are determined to stop him and Elise from starting a relationship. Terrence Stamp and John Slattery co-star, George Nolfi directs, and Damon and Blunt are terrific as the star-crossed lovers.
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