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Diary -- arts roundup

FOLLOWING on from sell-out shows and rave reviews at this year's Edinburgh Festival, the epic Shawshank Redemption will open at the Gaiety Theatre next week for three nights only.

The staging uses giant articulated lorries to create the sense of prison cells and high concrete walls and has a stellar cast, including comedian Omid Djalili and Joe Rooney.

The powerful play is one of the strongest stage shows we've seen in a long time and is tipped for the West End next year. Performances are limited so get booking.

- The Jameson Cult Film Club screenings are always great nights out. There's lots of free drinks, movie banter and actors re-enacting memorable scenes.

The screenings of Jaws and The Usual Suspects went down a treat and this time the event organisers are bringing the ultimate action film to the big screen.

Die Hard will be screened at a Dublin location on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18. For more information and to watch a bare-foot Bruce Willis kick European ass, log on to www.jamesoncultfilmclub.ie

- Actor and musician Dylan Tighe is known on the theatre scene for his outspoken views, alternative theatre shows and thick-framed glasses.

And the forthright singer/song writer will be performing a selection of songs at everyone's favourite indie/ dive bar, The Workman's Club on Wellington Quay.

Dylan will sing tracks from his debut album Record from September 12-15 at 8pm in association with the Dublin Fringe Festival.

This is the unofficial bar for the festival so if you fancy plenty of good music and OTT theatre folks – this is the place to go.

- Next week Dublin will be a Mecca for style-savvy shoppers and blogger. The annual Dublin Fashion Festival is back and this year it's bigger and better than ever.

Laura Whitmore is the 'face' for the festival. And there are a ton of fashion events taking place around the city. There's a beauty bus offering ladies make-up know-how, a mad hatter's party hosted by the wonderful Lorna Claire Weightman, stylathons and heaps of catwalk shops.


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