Monday 19 February 2018

Sophie's choice

Sophie Gorman

1 Sheridans are synonymous with quality food, particularly for their celebration of cheeses, which makes them obvious hosts for a food festival. And, hey presto, their Fifth Irish Food Festival (sheridanscheesemongers.com) opens tomorrow at their Virginia Road Station headquarters in Co Meath. All food will be Irish and special guests will include Ross Lewis and Richard Corrigan (pictured) .

2 The best short film festival in the land is closing, but it's going with a bang. The close of the 6th Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival (fastnetshortfilmfestival.com) opens today with a forum chaired by former censor John Kelleher and featuring Jim Sheridan and Philomena director Stephen Frears. This will be followed by Sir David Puttnam talking about working with Alan Parker.

3 A brand new one-woman play starring the excellent Ranae Von Meding and written by the playwright and actor Stewart Roche has just opened at the TheatreUpstairs in Dublin (theatreupstairs.ie). Variance promises to be an unflinching look at the darker, often hidden, fringes of domestic life. Directed by Audrey Rooney, expect to be unsettled yet gripped the whole way through.

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