Okay, so it’s the first weekend of the year and the last of the holiday period. You’re going to be wrecked back in work on Monday, so you might as well let the wheels and enjoy the weekend. Have a think on these
The Theory of Everything
(General release, 12A)
Birdman may be getting all of the pre-Oscar hype, but if you’re in the mood for a more conventional affair, look no further than The Theory of Everything.
Based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen by Jane Hawking , the film follows the love story of young physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) whose young lives are shaken by his developing motor neurone disease. Hawking is initially given two years to live but his remarkable ability to not survive this terrible disease but prove himself as one of the greatest scientific minds in history is at the heart of this remarkable story.
Beautifully acted and wonderfully produced, The Theory of Everything is a spectacular addition and one that really worthy of the hype. Eddie Redmayne should be thinking of getting his tux dry-cleaned in advance of the Oscars, too.
Vibe for Philo
It’s early January, so that means it’s time for the annual Vibe for Philo. Billed as part celebration and part wake, the Vibe for Philo is an annual commemoration of the former Thin Lizzy frontman’s career. Now in its 29th year and always held on 4 January , the Vibe takes a Phil Lynott song as a theme – this year it’s Get Out of Here from the Black Rose album. And in an attempt younger listeners into the music of Lynott, there’s also an all ages matinee show held in the Grand Social (35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1) where the likes of Tara Killeen, Bad Habits, Magik8ball, Red Riot and Conor Scott will be performing. Interesting fact: Only Las Vegas Elvis conventions have been around longer.
Tickets available from Ticketmaster from €30 www.ticketmaster.ie
The Gaiety Theatre
There might be something vaguely depressing about the panto after Christmas and the new year have packed their respective bags and moved on, but that’s probably when you’re most in need of some cheering up.
Cynics can leave their attitude at the door as this is an infectious and rambunctious retelling of the children’s classic. It goes without saying that the younger audience members will adore its sheer devilment and the exuberance of the cast – led by Love/Hate's Johnny Ward, Sarah Bradley and Nicholas Grennell – makes it an enjoyable affair. Even if you’ll never want to hear the line – ‘he’s behind you’ again. Ever.
Saturday matinee 1.30pm, Sunday 5.30pm
Tickets from €19.50 www.gaietytheatre.ie
The Academy, Dublin 11pm
You want to go clubbing this weekend as a final hurray and so does your mate. But you like dance music and he/she likes techno. It’s not going to happen, is it? No, hang on, it might. Circus – which has been running in the Academy since the turn of November – is a new club night which promises to deliver all music to all men. From pop to rock to hip-hop and dance, the club promises to cater for all tastes with a bit of circus antics thrown in for good measure. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s some contortionists and freakshows available – if you’re into that sort of thing.
Tickets from €10