Thursday 22 February 2018

The Stage: What's on

Colin Murphy

Absolut Fringe

It would be invidious -- not to mention impossible -- to single out one show from this second week of the Fringe. Instead, here are as many must-sees as space allows. For a new take on Dublin's dirty old streets, join Playgroup for a walking tour with a Weimar twist, in Berlin Love Tour (daily except Monday, meeting at the Absolut Fringe Factory at 6.30pm). For a privileged insight into what made those streets dirty, join Anu Productions as they exhume Dublin's legendary Monto red-light district in World's End Lane, at the Lab on Foley Street (various times). For dancing on today's streets, watch out for Ponydance's free, daily, 30-minute shows all over the city centre. For dancing on the Boardwalk leading to grisly murder, catch Bisi Adigun's provocative true-crime drama based on the 'Butcher Babes' (at the New Theatre from Monday, 8.30pm). And from true crime to True Enough, pro-gambler Megan Riordan's new show, which promises an "interactive post-fact game show with real cash prizes" (at Pantibar from today, 6.30pm). See fringefest.com.

Dear Frankie

Frankie Byrne may be unknown to most Day & Night readers, but to an older generation she was an icon of the airwaves -- the sympathetic agony aunt counselling and cautioning the nation's housewives on Radio One, on Dear Frankie. But in her personal life, Byrne was more femme fatale than house-frau. Byrne never married and had a child through an affair with her RTE colleague, the legendary satirist Frank Hall.

Niamh Gleeson has turned Byrne's story into a smart and affecting play that probes her complex life while reflecting on the changing social mores around her. Dear Frankie runs at Liberty Hall from Monday until October 2, followed by a 19-venue nationwide tour starting with Dun Laoghaire's Pavilion on October 4. NextThursday, there's a gala night in aid of Barnardos.


In a plush Dublin office, a high-powered lawyer is working late, as the office janitor tidies up around him. They talk idly of golf, football, the weather, each concealing dark secrets. And then the femme fatale arrives: the lawyer's fiery mistress. The janitor knows more about the couple than they realise, and her entrance proves the catalyst for an evening of explosive revelations and high-octane drama that will change all their lives. This is Chicane, the debut by actor Anthony Brophy, better known as Eustache Chapuys in The Tudors. It's at the Everyman in Cork tonight and tomorrow, the Civic in Tallaght from September 20 to 25, Limerick's Belltable from September 27 to October 2, and finishes with a run in the Mill in Dundrum, October 4 to 9.

Irish Independent

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