Friday 6 December 2019

7 days and nights

Friday, October 1
B For Baby, Peacock Theatre, Dublin 1

Sophie Gorman

Mrs C wants a baby not a Christmas tree. B wants real hairdressers' scissors and a wife.

D wants a snow globe and a 'big head of dirty auld curls'. All of them want their own place in the world. And if they can't find it, they'll create one of their own. Set in a care home, this is the starting point for this sharp-witted new play by Carmel Winters. Winters' debut film Snap, which she wrote and directed, received its world premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival in New York. B For Baby sees Michele Moran and Louis Lovett double-jobbing as C and D for Moran and B and Brian for Lovett. Receiving its world premiere courtesy of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival, this is directed by Mikel Murfi.


Saturday, October 2

That the Night Come, IMMA, Dublin 8

Classical music gets a right crash, bang, wallop thanks to the unique musical talents of the Crash Ensemble. This reliably inventive company are staging what promises to be quite the unforgettable evening littered with world premieres in the rather wonderful environs of IMMA's Great Hall. The centrepiece will be a new Yeats-inspired collection of songs written by the ensemble's artistic director Donnacha Dennehy that will be performed by four-time Grammy Award-winning US soprano Dawn Upshaw, who commissioned the work herself. Upshaw will also perform new music from the Americas by Argentina's Osvaldo Golijov, and our very own Sean-nós singer Iarla O Lionaird will perform Dennehy's Grá agus Bás. If that wasn't enough to wet your whistle, the ensemble will also perform music by New York cult composer John Zorn.


Sunday, October 3

Of Montreal, Tripod, Dublin 2

For too long the overlooked genius of perved-up indie psychedelia, Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes would seem to be finally getting his dues. Co-produced with Kanye West collaborator Jon Brion and featuring cameos from Solange Knowles and Janelle Monae, new album False Priest proves skinny white boys from the 'burbs can, indeed, get their funk on. Meanwhile, he's been profiled in The New Yorker, been widely acclaimed as a David Bowie for the file-share era and likened to Prince in his pre-bonkers days. If that isn't recommendation enough, consider the Of Montreal stage show features dancing monks, Lycra-shrouded manga monsters and Barnes wearing skirt, tights and frock. You don't get that at a Frames concert.


Monday, October 4

Yellow Reperformed, St Mary's Abbey, Dublin 1

Although it may not always feel like it when you're facing a sink full of dirty dishes, there is something truly cathartic about the process of washing. The elimination of impurities does something to the soul that can't be ignored. Inspirational performance artist Amanda Coogan has explored this act in its most basic form in her hypnotic show Yellow. First performed in 2008 and revived now for the Dublin Theatre Festival, Yellow sees a woman wearing a huge yellow dress which she washes continuously over a four-hour period to the music of Franz Schubert. Described as "a collective experience of endurance", the work examines the frail and yet indomitable nature of human spirit and the concept of survival. Coogan is sharing performance duties this time and today sees none other than actress Olwen Fouéré step into the dress from 6pm to 10pm, with Victoria McCormack wearing it tomorrow.


TUuesday, October 5

T.E.O.R.E.M.A.T., O'Reilly Theatre, Dublin 1

Dublin Theatre Festival director Loughlin Deegan was walking down a street in Edinburgh during their festival in the company of a Polish theatre director, when people started approaching to ask the director for autographs. Theatre directors have cult rock-star status in Poland. The three-play Polish season in this year's festival is a chance to see precisely what it is that Polish audiences (and, increasingly, international ones) rave about. The season opens with Grzegorz Jarzyna's T.E.O.R.E.M.A.T., inspired by the 1968 cult film by Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, Teorema. For those intimidated by the thought of theatre in Polish, and with subtitles, this one is mostly wordless.


Wednesday, October 6

Made in Dagenham, General Release

This very entertaining, if rather sugary, British film is based on a groundbreaking strike in the late 60s, when the 187 female workers at Ford's massive Dagenham car plant went on strike for equal pay. Sally Hawkins plays Rosie O'Grady, a quiet young wife and mother who's so enraged by her union's collusion with the management in keeping the women's wages at half those of male workers that she becomes an unlikely firebrand. As they go on strike for equal treatment, the women are put under all sorts of pressure by both management and their own husbands, but they find a powerful ally in government minister Barbara Castle. A fine cast includes Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, John Sessions and Rosamund Pike, the 60s are commendably recreated and there are enough comic moments to counteract the film's underlying sentimentality.

Thursday, October 7

Dromineer Literary Festival, Co Tipperary

It's been at least a week since our last literary festival, so, before any pangs of absence start to set in, here's another to fill the gap. The Dromineer Literary Festival is not a new addition to our literary calendar, though, it's celebrating its seventh anniversary this year. Under the banner theme of 'Memories', it has lined up a diverse bunch of writers over this weekend, including authors Hugo Hamilton, Carlos Gebler, Marjorie Quarton, David Rice and Mary Arrigan, and poet Dave Lordan. In an interesting twist on traditional readings, poet/sailor Sandra Lefroy and boat builder/sailor/lute-maker Reggie Goodbody will take you aboard a boat to tell their stories of living on board their own boat, The Phoenix, which is afloat in Lough Derg. And the Nenagh Players will perform Push Cart Peddlers for the festival's grand finale on Sunday.


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