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Friday 22 March 2019

Seven things to do this week

1. This week sees the last chances to see Skerries Theatre Group present A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller in the Little Theatre in Skerries.

The final two shows take place on Wednesday and Saturday. This 1955 play tells the story of Eddie Carbone, a longshoreman from Brooklyn, New York. When he takes in two illegal immigrants from Sicily into his home, the repercussions for himself, his wife and her niece lead to a dramatic and riveting climax. The talented local cast for the play includes David Diebold as Eddie, Aisling Coleman as his wife and Amie Doyle as her niece. Newcomer Ollie Grimes joins this cast of twelve actors for this fine play.

2. On Friday, The Atrium at County Hall will host the launch of the Seamus Ennis Centenary Celebrations which will see a number of events held at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre in Naul over the next few months to celebrate the legendary piper that made Fingal his home. A year of Séamus Ennis' Centenary Celebrations, will be launched by its curator, Ronan Browne along with special guests. Born 100 years ago, Séamus Ennis transformed the lives of those lucky enough to have known him. A world-class musician, singer, raconteur, mimic and linguist, he was unique as a folklore collector in that the culture-bearers he visited felt as honoured as himself. In a society rapidly becoming culturally indifferent, where the collection of surviving folklore was of paramount importance, the 23-year-old Séamus embarked on his first field trip for the Folklore Commission with little more than pen, paper, tin-whistle and bicycle. He continued to collect (and broadcast) songs and music from Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall, firstly for the Folklore Commission (1942-47), then Raidió Éireann (1947-51), the BBC (1951-58) and finally intermittently as a presenter on the newly-founded Teilifís Éireann.

3. Cork comedian, Chris Kent brings his 'Looking Up' show to Draíocht on Thursday. Chris Kent returns with his 6th solo show Looking Up. Chris has spent the past year balancing comedy with being a stay at home dad and trying to grow a beard. He has also removed the word "mate" from his vocabulary as it takes too much effort to say in an Irish accent. TV appearances include the RTÉ 2 panel show Next Year's News and The Craig Doyle Show.

4. On Friday at Draíocht Isla Grant presents her 2019 Irish Hits Tour. Highly respected singer and prolific songwriter, Isla Grant makes a welcome return visit to Ireland after an absence of two years with a beautifully constructed show. Isla is now established in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, America and Canada as a singer/songwriter of the highest quality. Over the last few years she has completed hugely successful tours of New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK and received five 'Gold Discs' for CD sales. Add this to six 'Platinum Discs' already received in Ireland

5. On Saturday, comedian, Kevin McGahern brings his 'Solo Pollo Tour' to the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre in Naul. The star of RTE's Republic of Telly brings his brand new show to the SEAC. With the Solo Pollo Tour, the silver tongued Cavan native promises a mix of traditional stand up, character based comedy and lovely funny songs. Kevin talks about his first year of marriage, dying with flatmates, avoiding getting shot in America, how to get away with drunk driving and how to survive a terrorist attack. Known as the host of Republic of Telly, Kevin McGahern's America and Sim Card in RTE's Hardy Bucks, Kevin's laid-back, straight-faced delivery elevates the absurdity of his subject matter in his own entirely unique way.

6. Bat the Father Rabbit the Son, Written and performed by Donal O'Kelly is on its 30th Anniversary Tour and lands at Draíocht on Saturday. It's Dublin in the 1980s. Rabbit is a self-made haulage magnate. But something's wrong. He cuts a deal with his underling Keogh to help him find his lost moorings. The quest is hampered by his dead father Bat, Citizen Army volunteer and pawn shop assistant, bubbling up. The struggle between father and son, past and present, imagination and reality, spans Dublin. Their voyage out of Howth and up the River Liffey builds to a climax described by The Guardian as "one of the strongest dramatic conclusions I've ever seen". An explosive exposition of the generation that led us to Boom and Bust. Written thirty years ago, 'Bat the Father, Rabbit the Son' is more pertinent than ever.

7. Thursday sees a special live screening of Swan Lake by Paris Corps de Ballet at Movies@Swords. In Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky took up the legend of the immaculate bird to create some of the most beautiful music ever written for ballet. The choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov left their distinguished mark on this story of an impossible love between an earthly prince and a bird-princess, refashioning the myth of the swan-dancer, the ultimate ballerina. When creating his version for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1984, Rudolf Nureyev chose to give it a Freudian dimension, illuminating Tchaikovsky's pooetic dream through a sense of profound hopelessness.

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