Okay people. Wakey, wakey. That was one well-deserved holiday break, but it's time to get back into the swing of things. Despite the uncertainty of arts-funding decisions (see red box, below) our cultured friends are preparing to make this a January to remember, and not just because we're freezing our bums off. Go warm up your bum in a seat in the theatre, and warm up your frozen toes by taking them for a stroll in a gallery. Your slowly-awakening, post-holiday mind will thank you for it.
It's still christmas!
The Pavilion Theatre, 'til January 17th. As is evident from the story to the left, the pantomimes have not left our stages as of yet. Dun Laoghaire's premier venue is continuing to present Scrooge's Christmas, written and directed by Michael Poynor, produced by the Pavilion and Ulster Theatre Company. It boasts every stage trick in the book, and one imagines that Dickens will never be the same again. www.paviliontheatre.ie.
Poetry in motion
Bewley's Café Theatre, 'til January 30th. Edward Callan's I am of Ireland, featuring Bosco Hogan as WB Yeats, is being revived once again. The one-man show has received rave reviews, and the Grafton Street theatre is an excellent venue in which to enjoy the presentation. And given the weather, what could be more enjoyable than an entertaining performance and a hot bowl of soup? www.bewleyscafetheatre.com.
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West. Make a day of it at the National Gallery. The latest wing still feels new, and the print gallery is currently hosting a series of watercolours by JMV Turner, which is not to be missed. After a wander through the older rooms, head back to the new section and have a lovely cuppa and a bit of cake. If you've missed lunch, then you couldn't really do better than the museum's cafe. I think I've just inspired myself, and will be taking my own advice -- see ya.