Saturday 25 March 2017

Watch out as Fagin treads the boards along Grand Canal Quay this winter

FAMED theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh is bringing the smash-hit production of Lionel Bart's musical Oliver! to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. The show will run from December 10 until January 12.

TV star Neil Morrissey, best known for his role in Men Behaving Badly, will play Fagin and Samantha Barks will play Nancy. Tickets priced from €20 are now on on sale. Ticketmaster's dedicated line is (0818) 719-377.

Celtic Tenors feel the love at NCH

The Celtic Tenors will bring their hugely successful and emotionally charged show to the National Concert Hall for one night only, on Wednesday, October 17. The tenors -- Daryl Simpson, James Nelson and Matthew Gilsenan -- will be joined by soprano Deirdre Shannon to perform some of the world's greatest love songs.

You can expect to hear the likes of Nessun Dorma, Time to Say Goodbye, I'm All Out of Love, Nella Fantasia, Galileo, Feels Like Home and many more.

Tickets, €25, are on sale now from National Concert Hall. Call the box office on (01) 417-0000.

Blackrock hosts animation festival

The second Blackrock Animation Film Festival (BAFF) programme has been announced and pre-registration for events is now open.

BAFF 2012 takes place in the town and on the fringes of Blackrock, Co Dublin, on the weekend of October 12-13. Events include workshops, talks and animation film screenings for all ages.

Festival events will be of interest to those working in the industry, students and fans of film and those who would just like to view or learn more about animation.

You can download the programme at

Celebrate poet Kavanagh this weekend

The annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend takes place at Inniskeen, Co Monaghan, from Friday to Sunday, September 28-30. There will be talks, tours, dinners, sessions and the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the poet's grave.

Participants include Brian Lynch, Micheal O Siadhail, Jimmy Crowley, Dr Tony Carroll and many others. See or tel: (042) 937-8560.

Extra date for Connie Francis Show

Following the sell-out of the Connie Francis Show at the National Concert Hall on September 27, a second show has been announced for November 28.

The show features Kathy Nugent as Connie Francis, with guest Jimmy O'Byrne as Bobby Darin and the Eugene McCarthy Big Band and Singers.

Intrepid explorer overcomes the odds

Mark Pollock, right, was saluted at last week's Rehab 'People of the Year' Awards for overcoming significant physical adversity and constantly pushing out new boundaries as an explorer and adventure racer.

Mark, who is blind, has taken part in many extreme races, including the Everest Marathon, the Irish Sea Kayak Challenge from Ireland to Wales, and the North Pole Marathon.

Mark experienced even more adversity recently, when an accident in 2010 left him paralysed from the waist down.

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