Events - TheatreBreaking Dad O’Carroll-Kelly, the southside’s favourite son, is back with more of the hilarious sell–out hit of the year, Breaking Dad. After standing ovations and rave reviews on its first outing, the show makes a highly anticipated return to The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for two weeks only from Monday 16th until Saturday 28th February 2015. The year is 2022. Ireland is in the midst of an unexpected economic boom. The country’s debts have been repaid in full, people are once again selling houses for five times what they’re worth and Bertie Ahern is set to become Taoiseach again at the age of 71. Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is entering his middle years without a care in the world. He’s got a son who’s a professional footballer, a career-minded wife who’s about to land the job of her dreams – and, like good Cognac, his looks just keep improving with age. For Ireland’s most eligible married man, life is good. Until his teenage daughter arrives home from Wesley one night with the captain of the Blackrock College rugby team – and Ross is forced to face up to the lesson that you must reap what you have sown. Paul Howard’s one-of-a-kind character Ross has become the star of a critically acclaimed series of books that satirized Ireland during the years of the boom and have sold close to one million copies in Ireland alone. Starring Rory Nolan as the inimitable Ross and directed by Irish Times Theatre Award winner Jimmy Fay (The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger, Between Foxrock and a Hard Place), Breaking Dad, the third Ross O’Carroll-Kelly stage play, is an absolute must-see. Lippy a boundary-pushing piece of theatre with Lippy at The Abbey Theatre this January. “Like nothing else you’ll see” The Irish Times Fourteen years ago in Leixlip, Co. Kildare, Ireland, an aunt and three nieces boarded themselves into their home and entered a suicide pact that lasted 40 days. We didn’t know them. We weren’t there. We have no idea what they said. This is not their story. Winner of a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, Dead Centre Theatre Company’s Lippy is a stunning piece of work that will stay with audiences long after the curtain closes. Directed by Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd, The Guardian recently praised the play for how it “pushes at the limits of theatre”, describing it as “extraordinarily textured”. Don’t miss what’s set to be a landmark theatre experience. Performances Monday - Saturday, 8pm Saturday matinees, 2.30pm Tickets Full price €18 – €25 Concessions €13 – €18 (available Monday - Thursday, and Saturday matinees) The Walworth Farce together for the very first time, catch actor Brendan Gleeson and his sons Brian and Domhnall in Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce this January. “What are we if we’re not our stories?” With a strictly limited four-week run, don’t miss the furiously funny masterpiece that follows Walsh’s unrivalled 2014 success, Ballyturk. With demand to see this acting family trio on stage for the first time set to be high, early booking is advised. Performances Previews 10th - 13th January 14th, 16th - 18th, 20th - 25th January 27th January - 1st February 3rd - 8th February Saturday matinees: 17th, 24th, 31st January, and 7th February - 3pm Sunday matinees: 11th, 18th, 25th January, 1st and 8th February - 4pm Tickets €20 - €55   The Christmas Concert Special Guest Meav and live shadow puppet animation by Matthew Robbins. A magical concert designed for all the family, Raymond Briggs’s captivating film has established itself as part of the Christmas festivities for young and old, accompanied by Howard Blake’s score played live by the Orchestra of the National Concert Hall. For 2014, alongside the Walking in the Air and the festive classics, we are pleased to add magical live puppet animation by Matthew Robins and traditional Christmas songs with special guest, the beautiful singer, Meav for a magical and musical Christmas Celebration. Suitable for young children, this is an opportunity for the whole family to share in the music and the magic of Christmas. Experience the magic of the remarkable friendship between James and his snowman and delight in this holiday tradition. A special guest narrator will tell the story of James and the flying snowman as you watch the film on a big screen.   A phenomenally popular festive concert, early booking is recommended. Click here for bookings   Elf the Musical months Irish theatre enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating what big show will be unveiled as this year’s Christmas show, at the theatre. We have been tight lipped until now as we have been working on something really special! We are so excited and delighted to reveal that The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre will host ‘ELF THE MUSICAL’ this December. The show will open on December 16th 2014 for a strictly limited season. Join the festive fun as this magical Christmas extravagance comes to Dublin – but don't be on the naughty list by missing out, make sure you book your tickets! The Nutcracker Suite & The Snow Queen the talent, skill and majesty of the Irish National Youth Ballet as they present The Nutcracker Suite & The Snow Queen this December. A seasonal offering that’s nothing short of mesmerising, exciting and magical, Christmas just wouldn’t be complete without revelling in this truly festive production.  The Nutcracker Suite Marvel as 40 of Ireland’s most talented young dancers perform, delight and dazzle everyone from the youngest to the most seasoned theater-goers.  With  snowflakes and flowers, Chinese and Spanish dances, all wrapped up in Tchaikovsky’s glorious, tinkling music score, it’s a festive family treat. The Snow Queen Gerda is walking with her grandmother and dear friend Kay when a sudden snow storm surrounds them, in the midst of which swirls the Snow Queen.  The Snow Queen bewitches young Kay and entices him to fly with her. Distraught to have lost her friend, Gerda, together with her grandmother, embarks on a journey to find him.  Along the way they are set upon by a band of gypsy robbers but are helped by the Raven Prince and his flock of birds. When a wing of doves show Gerda a vision of Kay, locked in the land of snow, she goes straight to him only to find she’s unable to free him from his cage of icicles. Distraught, Gerda bursts into tears, the warmth of which, and her friendship, melts the ice and snow away.  Friends Kay and Gerda manage to get back home, although have become several years wiser after their encounter with the Snow Queen. Performances Friday 12th, 12noon & 8pm Saturday 13th, 3pm & 8pm Sunday 14th, 2pm Tickets 12th December, 12pm - All seats €8 13th - 14th December, matinee performances: Adults €17.50 Children/Concessions €13 Groups of 10+, €10 12th - 13th December, evening performances: Adults €20 Children/Concessions €15 Groups of 10+, €12 Lunchtime Concert: Love in a Cold Climate some delightful lunchtime music courtesy of the renowned RTE Symphony Orchestra this December with Love in a Cold Climate. Boasting a programme of composers including Glazunov, Mozart, Borodin, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, the darkening December days provide the perfect excuse to be reminded of the chilly romance of Winter with these seasonal works. Enjoy the glistening beauty of Glazunov’s frosty portrait, marvel at the seasonal sparkles of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and the promise of warmer times ahead with Rachmaninoff’s Spring Waters. Three of opera’s larger than life characters are vibrantly brought to life by tenor Patrick Hyland, from Mozart’s libidinous Don Giovanni to earnest lover Ferrando (Così fan tutte), and the ill-fated suitor Lensky from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin; audiences are in for quite a treat this lunchtime. Red Riding Hood's Dangerous Christmas Adventure the family together for some all-ages Christmas entertainment with Red Riding Hood’s Dangerous Christmas Adventure! It's Christmas Eve and Red Riding Hood is on her way to Granny's house for Christmas. She has some of Granny’s favourite mince pies, some chocolate fingers and a huge marshmallow. Just in case Santa forgets she won't be in her own house, she has written him a note letting him know just where to leave her Christmas surprise. But! Danger lurks... It's way past lunchtime and the Big Bad Wolf is watching, his tummy rumbling with hunger. He loves chocolate fingers and simply adores marshmallows. To the hungry Big Bad Wolf, Red Riding Hood is looking pretty delicious, and he intends to gobble everything up - including Granny! If Santa arrives, will the Big Bad Wolf gobble him too? Who can save Red Riding Hood from becoming lunch, or will she summon some Girl Power? Perhaps a mysterious figure will come out of the woodwork to help... With songs to sing along to and plenty of opportunities to hiss and boo the wonderfully wicked Big Bad Wolf, cheer on the brave and lovely little Red Riding Hood at the Mill Theatre’s fantastic Christmas show. It’s Big, Bad and Bonkers! Performances Monday - Friday, 10am and 11.15am from 8th December. Weekends 13th - 14th, 20th - 21st, and Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd - shows twice daily at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Tickets Adults €12.50 Children under-12 €10 Family of four €40 Wilde Christmas Dinner a dinner with a difference this December in the atmospheric surroundings of 12 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, courtesy of event-organisers extraordinaire - Hunt & Gather. "After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's own relatives" Oscar Wilde On the 5th, 6th and 7th of December indulge in a ‘good dinner’ while ringing in the Christmas season at a sumptuous event that takes inspiration from the romantic notions of the great Oscar Wilde. “I drink to separate my body from my soul” Oscar Wilde Friday & Saturday On the night of Friday 5th and Saturday 6th, a complimentary Teeling’s Whiskey reception awaits you at 7pm. In the elegant drawing room by a roaring fire, experience just one of the many heartwarming performances of the night. After cocktails, climb the 300-year-old staircase to rooms, which have evolved from high society status, to tenements buildings and back to today’s sheer opulence, to find an incredible banquet. Indulge in a wholesome seven-course meal provided by the unrivalled foodie folks at Gruel Guerilla, while enjoying intimate recitals, poetry readings, acoustic music and romantic performances by PettyCash. Sunday Sunday’s proceedings begin at 2pm with a Teeling’s Whiskey Reception, followed by a delicious Christmas Brunch. Join Wilde lovers and fans of fun festivities for a relaxed day sipping drinks, eating food, and enjoying fantastic performances at this one-of-a-kind event. Tickets Friday & Saturday Menu €50 Sunday Brunch Menu €40   She Stoops to Conquer Oliver Goldsmith’s legendary comedy of deception and seduction, She Stoops to Conquer, at the iconic Abbey Theatre this winter. “I have been threatened with a lover” Having enthralled audiences for over two centuries now, and with no sign of its popularity waning, don’t miss this rip-roaring tale of trickery. Marlow and Hastings, two well-bred city gentlemen, arrive in the countryside in search of love. However, they become embroiled in confusion after they are tricked into believing their host, Mr. Hardcastle, is an innkeeper. Against a backdrop of mounting chaos they pursue their romantic intentions with escalating hilarity. Radiating charm and bursting with humour, this much-loved play is directed by Conall Morrison and will be the ideal Christmas treat for audiences this December. Performances 4th December 2014 - 31st January 2015 Previews: 4th - 9th December Tickets Full price €13 – €40 Concession €13 – €25 (available Monday - Thursday and Saturday matinees) Little Gem Murphy’s Little Gem swept the boards during its sell-out run as part of the 2008 Dublin Fringe Festival. It was also the surprise hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that year and the first ever Irish production to receive the prestigious Carol Tambor Award. Now this heart-warming tale of courage, comedy and romance is back and ready to woo audiences once again. Starring the exceptional Anita Reeves and Hilda Fay, with Kate Gilmore, three generations of Irish women recount the happenings of one extraordinary year. The play unfolds in alternating monologues, as each woman greets life’s travails with strength, humour and the occasional vodka and Diet Coke or night of abandon on the salsa dance floor. Party girl Amber has brutal indigestion that the sambucas won’t shift. Lorraine loses it at work and is shipped off to see the “head doctor”. While grandmother Kay “toys with the idea of Kermit” scratching an itch that her ill husband Gem no longer can. Elaine Murphy has said that much of the inspiration for Little Gem came from her own personal experiences and from the women she encountered when she worked in a woman’s health organisation. This enthralling play is a tribute to the unbreakable spirit of all women from the marginalised, less privileged parts of our society. Audiences won’t fail to be entertained by this revealing, poignant and hilarious production. "Gurgles and giggles with life….Elaine Murphy’s delightful first play more than lives up to the title" The Guardian. Early bird tickets for Wednesday 3rd December are available, €18. This play is suitable for persons ages 16+. It's a Wonderful Life - On Stage George Bailey’s Christmas epiphany in a special stage-adaptation of the 1946 cinema classic It’s a Wonderful Life, at the Mill Theatre from 2nd - 6th December. Adapted for the stage from Frank Capra’s film by Anthony Palermo, affable George Bailey just can't seem to get a break. Though eager to see the world, family loyalty sees him stay at home, sacrificing his dreams to his father's savings and loan business. While George does end up with an ideal with a marriage, a big house and a family - disaster strikes when money from his business is misplaced, causing George to reach his lowest ebb. With the intervention from a bumbling angel named Clarence, will George realise the value of what he has and the people who need him? A fresh yet faithful stage adaptation of the classic film about dreams, sacrifice and redemption in small town America, audiences will be filled with Christmas cheer at this fantastic production. Tickets Full price €20 Concession €18 Follow WillFredd Theatre’s multi-award winning debut production Follow, at the Abbey Theatre from 27th November - 6th December. Exploring stories from the Irish deaf community, Follow is a one-man show that proves utterly captivating from beginning to end. Shane’s parents are deaf. He grew up in a house with doorbell lights and subtitles on the TV. A house where to be heard, you had to be seen. Using sound, light, Irish Sign Language and performance in a unique and playful way, Follow won the Spirit of the Fringe award at 2011’s Dublin Fringe Festival. “The Sign of a masterpiece” Sunday Independent Follow is fully accessible for a deaf and hard of hearing audience. Tickets Full price €18 - €25  Concession €13 - €18 (available Monday - Thursday and Saturday matinees) Follow is performed in Irish Sign Language and is also captioned. Singlehood the fine art of being single at the hilarious and uplifting comedy Singlehood. The fantastic ensemble cast bring real life singleton stories to the stage to funny and devastating effect at the Pavilion Theatre. Boasting seven incredible performers, including comedian Eric Lalor, Singlehood is an exclusive look at the personal triumphs and losses we all experience but seldom articulate. Framed by a stomping single’s soundtrack and original songs by Aidan Strangeman, Singlehood is a celebration of what it means to be single today. Renowned for her documentary theatre practice, writer Una McKevitt in collaboration with writer David Coffey (Dan & Becs, Fade St) interviewed real life singletons to bring their raw and revealing stories as well as those of the cast, uproariously to the stage. "Singlehood really shines in it’s sheer honesty...ridiculous, heartbreaking, hilarious..." The Irish Times. Early bird tickets are available for Wednesday 26th November, €17. The show is suitable for persons aged 15+. National Gallery of Ireland: 16 Short Plays a unique theatrical and artistic event with the National Gallery of Ireland’s 16 Short Plays, each inspired by the gallery’s paintings. Taking place over two Saturdays, 22nd and 29th November, these 10-minute plays inspired by paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland have been created, over two years, by five superb Irish playwrights: Ivy Bannister, Michael Casey, Gerard Dalton, Celia de Fréine and Michael O'Meara. Performed in the Gallery Lecture Theatre by actors from the Umbrella Theatre Company, an audience discussion will follow the performances. 22nd November, 3pm-5pm Blue by Ivy Bannister Inspired by Jack B. Yeats, So My Brother Hail and Farewell for Ever More, 1945. Fatted Calf by Michael Casey Inspired by Bartolomé Estebán Murillo, The Prodigal Son Receiving his Portion, 1660s. In Black and Light by Gerard Dalton Inspired by Michaelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Taking of Christ, 1602. Seamstress by Celia de Fréine Inspired by Kasimir Dunin Markievicz, The Artist's Wife, Constance, Comtesse de Markievicz (1868-1927), Irish Painter and Revolutionary, 1899. Wedlock by Michael O’Meara Inspired by Johannes Vermeer, A Woman Writing a Letter with her Maid, c.1670. Dimples and Sin by Michael Casey Inspired by James Barry, The Temptation of Adam, 1767-1770. Afterlife by Gerard Dalton Inspired by William Orpen, Sunlight, c.1925. Stamen by Celia de Fréine Inspired by Mainie Jellett, Single Element, 1927. 29th November, 3pm-5pm Mother and Child by Ivy Bannister Inspired by Paolo Uccello, Virgin and Child, c.1435-1440. Contrast by Michael Casey Inspired by William John Leech, A Convent Garden, Brittany, c.1913. The Stations by Gerard Dalton Inspired by Aloysius O'Kelly, Mass in a Connemara Cabin, c.1883. Beholden by Celia de Fréine Inspired by Unknown painter (Attributed to Master of the Countess of Warwick), The Fair Geraldine, 1560s. Diversion by Michael O’Meara Inspired by Gabriel Metsu, Man Writing a Letter, c.1664-1666. Lady on the Terrace by Ivy Bannister Inspired by Paul Signac, Lady on the Terrace, 1898. Cupidity by Michael Casey Inspired by Rutilio di Lorenzo Manetti, Victorious Love, c.1625. Affairs of the Nation by Michael O’Meara Inspired by John Lavery, The Artist's Studio: Lady Hazel Lavery with her Daughter Alice and Stepdaughter Eileen, 1909-1913. Tickets Single event €7 Both events €10.   Kill the Monster your funny on at the Centre for Creative Practices, 15b Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2 with Kill The Monster. This dynamic longform improvisation group emerged from Dublin-based amateur theatre group No Drama Theatre. But just what is “improv” all about? Improv allows for the bizarre, ridiculous, sublime and hilarious as it’s completely unscripted and involves the creation of a scene on the spot from nothing more than the audience’s suggestions. In longform improv, Kill The Monster create not just scene after scene but also seamlessly weave, braid and reveal an unscripted theatrical play from a mere word or anecdote offered by the audience. These theatrical plays unravel before the audience's very eyes over a 30-minute or longer period of time and intertwine plots of romance, revenge, joy, deviousness, excitement, tragedy, comedy and comic tragedy in an incredibly entertaining and spontaneous dramatic spectacle. An innovative experience and one not to be missed. 15b Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2 One Man Two Guvnors Bean’s award-winning play is a glorious celebration of British comedy – a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother – who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers – but to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. The acclaimed production is based on Richard Bean’s version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters and has songs by Grant Olding, performed by The Craze.  The physical comedy director is Cal McCrystal, with designs by Mark Thompson, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound design by Paul Arditti, fight direction by Kate Waters and choreography and associate direction by Adam Penford.   ‘Comic perfection. What are you waiting for? Book Now!’  Price: €18.00 - €48.00 Booking:   Wuthering Heights Casey’s adaptation of Emily Bronte’s brooding classic Wuthering Heights comes to the Gate Theatre from 13th November to 10th January. "I have not broken your heart - you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine." Emily Bronte's novel of intense desire and impossible love has thrilled generations of readers since its first publication in 1847. Set in the magnificent and desolate landscape of the Yorkshire moors, it tells of the doomed relationship between the wild and beautiful Catherine Earnshaw and her adopted brother, the inward, elusive Heathcliff, whom her father discovered as a mysterious foundling on the Liverpool docks and brought back to his home - Wuthering Heights. Humiliated by his adopted family and spurned by the woman he loves, anger and resentment leave Heathcliff seething. Will his all-consuming passions ultimately destroy both himself and those around him? Find out in this superb adaptation of one of literature’s classic novels. Tickets €25 - €35 Evening Shows begin at 7.30pm Matinees begin at 2.30pm Howie the Rookie lucky Dublin audiences another chance to see Tom Vaughan-Lawlor’s unrivalled turn in Mark O’Rowe’s Howie the Rookie, catch the award-winning play at The Olympia Theatre from 11th - 15th November. This adrenaline-fuelled ride into Dublin’s underworld narrated first by the Howie, then picked up by the Rookie, unfolds within a landscape of feverish drinking, casual sex and visceral violence.   A tale of two halves, we meet unforgettable characters from Ladyboy, the psychotic thug hell-bent on avenging the deaths of his fighting fish, to monstrous Avalanche, looking for love from her bar stool. This one-man monologue bursts with ferocious lyricism and searing wit as Love/Hate’s Tom Vaughan-Lawlor prowls, dances and dives in his Irish Times Theatre award-winning performance. Playing for one week only, O’Rowe’s incredible production is one audiences won’t fail to adore. National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Men incredible opportunity to see James Franco and Chris O’Dowd’s critically-acclaimed turns in the Broadway production of Of Mice and Men, The Lighthouse Cinema is screening the National Theatre Live recording of the play on 6th November. In a lauded revival of Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck's depression-era play, witness this powerful portrait of the American spirit and its heart-breaking testament to the unbreakable bonds of friendship, directed by the award-winning Anna D. Shapiro. Nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O'Dowd, this excellent production also features Leighton Meester (Country Strong, Gossip Girl) and Tony Award-winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer). Heralded as a “moving masterpiece” by Time Magazine, audiences won’t fail to be compelled by this enduring tale. Tickets Full price €12 Concession €9 The Gruffalo the book a longstanding favourite of kids and parents alike, Tall Stories’ hit musical stage adaptation of The Gruffalo comes to The Pavilion this November, much to the delight of just about everyone. Meet a wheeler-dealer fox, an eccentric old owl and a maraca-shaking, party-mad snake - all of whom a little mouse scares away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo... But what happens when that mouse meets the very creature he imagined? Voted the UK’s number one bedtime story by BBC Radio 2 listeners, The Gruffalo stage show comes direct from the West End and is the perfect family treat with plenty of songs, laughs and suspense for children aged 3+, and their fun-loving grown-ups too. “A fine piece of children’s theatre” - Sunday Times. Tickets Adults €13 Children €11 Family (4 people) €40   Jackula some howlin’ Halloween entertainment with Jackula at the Mill Theatre on 1st November. Being a vampire sucks, but being Dracula's younger brother is driving Jackula positively batty. Join Jackula on a spooktacular quest to step out of his older brother's shadow and become the world’s most magical vampire. Laugh as Jackula makes his pet ghost dance. Gasp as Jackula balances five glasses of water on his face. Smile as children even help him perform some of his fun magic tricks. And if that wasn’t magical enough, after the show every child gets to do a trick themselves as Jackula invites everyone to stay, perform a trick and get a free treat. Acclaimed performer Jack Flash is Jackula in this lively production. Jack has performed at The White House and for more than 11 million people worldwide with Ringling Brother’s and Barnum and Bailey’s ‘Greatest Show on Earth’. A marvellous magic and juggling show for the whole family, book early to avoid disappointment. Recommended for children aged 4 to 12, children and parents are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. National Theatre Live: Frankenstein live in London’s National Theatre, audiences will be thrilled by Academy-Award-winner Danny Boyle’s production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, screened at The Lighthouse Cinema this autumn. With two screenings, cinema-goers have their pick of who they see perform the main roles, with the renowned Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch alternating the parts of Victor Frankenstein and his gruesome creation. Having enjoyed a sold-out run at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas worldwide. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horrified maker. Encountering cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. With captivating themes of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil, this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale is not to be missed. Screenings 30th October: Benedict Cumberbatch plays the Creature, Jonny Lee Miller plays Frankenstein. 6th November: Jonny Lee Miller plays the Creature, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Frankenstein. Tickets Full price €9 Concession €7.50 The Waste Ground Party’s iconic Abbey Theatre presents a new play from an exciting new voice, with Waste Ground Party. The award-winning playwright Shaun Dunne makes his Abbey Theatre debut with the superb play from 29th October - 22nd November. Gary returns home from college to confront age-old rivalries, bitter disputes, and bin bags that just won’t stop falling from the sky. As Gary and his old friend Martin fight to find their place in the world, their mothers desperately search for meaning in a life that has already passed them by. Will Gary leave the estate forever or return to the rubbish heap? Directed by the acclaimed Gerard Stembridge, audiences won’t fail to be awed by this powerful piece of work. Performances 29th October - 22nd November Previews from 29th October - 3rd November No performances on 10th - 11th, 17th - 18th November. Tickets Full price €18 - €25 Concession €13 - €18 (available Monday - Thursday)   Bram Stoker Festival: Macnas - The Summoning, Galway’s award-winning theatre, spectacle and processional company celebrate the Bram Stoker Festival by taking to Dublin’s streets with wild and eerie abandon on 27th October. Dressed as mercurial tailors with a glee for stitching laughter to darkness, summoning monsters and marvels from drains, lanes and street corners, the festival crowds will be awed by their captivating procession The Summoning. Watch as creatures, characters and contortions dissolve, and are remade and revealed. Macnas populate this journey with mischief, active imagination, baptism and burial. These new priests and madmen whistle and are unleashed from the shadows, a haunted air heralding in the slumbering descent of countless agitations on high, as they close the night upon the city like a trap door. Experience pure spectacle, artistry and magic as it parades the city streets. Macnas energise audiences with interactive performances at festivals and celebrations around the globe, bringing stunning large-scale images and brilliant chaos to the streets of the world. Macnas are ambitious, contemporary and utterly unpredictable. This event is free, with no need to book.  Exact location details to be confirmed.   Underground Gothic: Dublin's Hidden Tunnels may all be familiar with the city’s overground nooks and crannies - but what about under it? Grab the opportunity to venture underground and explore Irish Rail’s best kept secret on 26th October. There have been many whisperings about a mysterious tunnel under the Phoenix Park… Is it real? Where does it go? Do we dare find out? Now is your chance to discover the truth, as part of the 2014 Bram Stoker Festival. This almost mythical Irish Rail train tunnel will take passengers on a journey through the depths to discover the dark side of Dublin’s underground. With music by acclaimed composer Tom Lane and directed by Maeve Stone this unique performance rattles under the city for one night only, combining sound, movement and utterly chilling performances. Make your way on board at Connolly Station and uncover where these train tracks really lead. This is an over-18s event. Location Connolly Train Station, Amiens Street, Dublin 1. Blood on the Streets: Performance-Lecture a blood-curdling performance while learning all about the medical practices of barbers of old at Blood on the Streets, a riveting performance-lecture happening right in the window of a city-centre barbershop on 25th October. As the story goes, Sweeney Todd bled his victims to death before discarding them from his barber’s chair and down into the basement. But the barbers this lecture focuses on didn't bleed to kill, but to heal. Brought to Dublin for one day only by the Science Gallery and Live Collision, The Butcher Barber at 11 Johnsons Court, Dublin 2, will host London-based artist Jamie Lewis Hadley (the evening’s Sweeney Todd) and Dr Natasha Malik as they expose the history of bloodletting as a medical practice, tracing its roots in ancient medicine, to the rise of the barber-surgeon and our current understanding of this incredible substance. With a performance that includes live text, projected images and re-enactment, the key figures, instruments and techniques of this gory practice will be explored. Located in an old alley The Butcher Barber is the perfect setting in which to reveal this blood-soaked history. While there’ll be no Sweeney Todd-style meat pies - there definitely will be blood. Please note, this performance-lecture involves one packet of blood being extracted from artist Jamie's arm. Admission is free, with no need to book. Swan Lake the elegance and beauty of one of the greatest classical ballet love stories ever performed, with the stunning Swan Lake at Draiocht this October. Presented by Ballet Ireland on their 26-date national tour, Swan Lake combines romantic themes, classical techniques and supreme ethereal imagery together with Tchaikovsky's utterly majestic score. "Moving production…beautifully choreographed" The Sunday Business Post Beautiful Princess Odette is doomed to live as a swan by day, thanks to evil magician Von Rothbart, and only regains her human form at night. Out hunting by the lakeside, Prince Siegfried encounters Odette and immediately falls for her. But will he be able to break Von Rothbart’s spell? This enduring story of love and tragedy, good and evil, has enthralled audiences since it premiered in 1877.   Draiocht audiences will be mesmerised as 25 leading professional dancers from Ireland and abroad perform in this breathtaking production which received widespread acclaim when last staged by Ballet Ireland. "Perfectly formed and translucent production of the romantic classic... Clever touches with the choreography, performances and staging" The Irish Times Tickets Full price €20 Concession €15 Under 16s €12 Bram Stoker Festival: The Judge's House you dare enter the ancient surroundings of Marsh’s Library for a chilling encounter based on the gothic master’s tale of terror – The Judge’s House? If you’ve got the guts, pop in to Ireland’s oldest public library, once a regular haunt of Bram Stoker, and home to a resident ghost. Allow yourself to be led by a voice in your ear that begins as an audio tour but soon transforms into something altogether more sinister. Soon, you’ll uncover the terrifying tale of Malcolm Malcolmson – a young man whose study is disturbed by strange sounds from behind the walls, that lead to a terrible reckoning. Adapted by Tom Swift from Bram Stoker’s original story, with sound design by Patrick McGlynn and voice performances by Clare Barrett, Michael James Ford and Stephen Swift. This event is presented by The Performance Corporation with support from Fáilte Ireland’s Sharing Our Stories initiative. Performances Continuously from 10am-1pm, and 2pm-4.30pm Performances run for approximately 20 minutes, booking is advised.   Dracula: An Chéad GaelGore by the multi award-winning Connemara theatre company Áras Inis Gluaire and Fíbín Teo, enjoy a quirky interpretation of one of the world’s most famous literary characters, Dracula, or ‘Droch Fola’ in Irish, aptly meaning bad blood. Taking Seán Ó Cuirrín’s translation of the original text as a starting point, they explore the many links to Irish tradition, language and folklore found throughout the Gothic novel. Taking place in the unique and beautiful setting of the Chapel Royal at Dublin Castle, this production will leave you with hairs standing on the back of your neck and a new understanding of a literary gem with an alternative Gaelic twist. Expect puppets, masks, music, mayhem and plenty of fola - there will be blood... Defender of the Faith one of the most anticipated productions of 2014 with Defender of the Faith, the debut play of Stuart Carolan, author and creator of RTE’s infamous television series Love/Hate. Taking to the stage of the Pavilion Theatre this October, Defender of the Faith is a brilliant thriller set on a farm in rural Armagh in 1986. It tells the story of a fractured IRA family, entrenched in violent and uncompromising paramilitarism, who are under the constant watch of British forces. When a visitor from Belfast arrives with the job of rooting out a police informer, paranoia grips the farm and Joe, his son Thomas, and a long-serving farm hand, Barney, all fall under suspicion.  The family's isolated farm becomes the setting for the electrifying exploration of a family tested by loyalty and love. Defender Of The Faith is blackly comic and chillingly real, boasting an atmosphere taut with tension. Tickets Full price €18 Concession €16 Man 1 Bank 0 an unbelievable-but-true tale of David and Goliath proportions, experience Man 1 Bank 0, at the Civic Theatre on 22nd October. The revelation of how Patrick Combs deposited a $95,093.35 junk-mail cheque into his own bank account as a joke, and just what happens after his bank clears it, is riveting and hysterical in equal measure. Outrageously funny and dramatic, this comedy adventure has enjoyed a hugely successful run at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as lauded stints across London, New York, Montreal and Los Angeles. “This is that rarity, a show that actually lives up to it’s publicity... an extraordinary and highly entertaining evening... and the beauty of it is that it’s all true” Irish Mail on Sunday A rip-roaring show unlike any other, watch Combs take on the world’s behemoths on behalf of the ordinary joe, and win? “... the comedy value of watching a bank beg for its cash back is priceless.” Time Out New York Tickets Full price €18 Concession €16 Shrek the Musical on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is this year’s must-see show for all the family.  Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around!  Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, SHREK THE MUSICAL brings all the much-loved DreamWorks characters to life, live on stage, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Join the adventure Price: €20.00 - €55.00 Booking: Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin Romania’s rich music, film, theatre, literature, visual arts and intellectual culture from 7th - 25th October with Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin. Created through a collaboration between London’s Romanian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Romania in Ireland, festival-goers can enjoy this diverse programme as internationally-acclaimed artists and intellectual luminaries promote the discovery and appreciation of the country. Indulge in a festival line-up that boasts film director Stere Gulea, composer Shaun Davey and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, actors Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu and Gabriel Spahiu, historian Adrian Cioroianu, writer Peter Hurley, poet Ioan Es. Pop, director Dieter Auner, curator Roxana Gibescu, DJ Nico de Transilvania, and the Male Choir of Sibiu University, among others. Programme Present Immemorial Free 7th October, 6pm, The National Library of Ireland Acclaimed poet Ioan Es. Pop and travel writer and cultural animator Peter Hurley read excerpts from their latest books and discuss the inexhaustible, mysterious appeal of Transylvania’s ancient ways in a conversation moderated by Stephen Collins of The Irish Times. The readings are preceded by the screening of Dieter Auner’s documentary Off the Beaten Track, an elegiac homage to the old rite of transhumance. The Sound of Afterlife €13 - €40 8th October, 8pm, The National Concert Hall As the opening event of Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin, Irish composer Shaun Davey presents his haunting exploration of one of Europe’s eeriest places, the Merry Cemetery of Sapânta, Maramures, located in one of the most unspoiled and archaic corners of Romania. A presentation by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, this performance is conducted by David Brophy. Special guests include The Male Voice Choir of Sibiu University, vocalist Rita Connolly, uilleann piper and whistle player Liam O'Flynn, solo percussionist Noel Eccles, and Members of Dun Laoghaire Choral Society. Communism as Curriculum Vitae €10 10th October, 6.30pm, Irish Film Institute Enjoy a special screening of I’m an Old Communist Hag, a bittersweet tale of survival and redemption in the most adverse times, starring legendary actress Luminita Gheorghiu (Death of Mr Lazarescu, Child’s Pose). The screening is followed by a Q&A with its veteran director Stere Gulea. The Blouse that Changed the World Free 14th - 24th October, 6pm, European Union House, 18 Dawson Street Made famous by Matisse and exalted to global fashion status by the hippie generation, the traditional Romanian blouse is the seductive conclusion of centuries of craftsmanship and chromatic imagination. The 'Maiastra – The Untold Story of the Romanian Blouse' exhibition is produced by Galateca Gallery from Bucharest, and exposes the sartorial, symbolic, and artistic connections of this iconic artefact.   Romania Revealed Free 23rd October, 6pm, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Historian, TV personality and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adrian Cioroianu examines the last 100 remarkable years of Romania’s past in a rollercoaster journey that starts in the trenches of the World War I and ends in the corridors of Brussels. Chaired by Dr Graeme Murdock, Director of The Centre for European Studies, Cioroianu’s 2013 documentary A Century for Romania will also be screened. Play Ionesco €14 - €16 25th October, 8pm, Project Arts Centre Experience an incredible, multi-award winning production of Eugène Ionesco’s famous play, The Chairs, with a star-studded ensemble directed by stage virtuoso Felix Alexa. A production of Bulandra Theatre Bucharest, the cast includes Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu and Gabriel Spahiu. This is performed in Romanian with English subtitles. Vampirology Free 25th October, 9pm, The Mercantile, 28 Dame Street As expected from a nation that knows how to party, The Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin concludes with an extravaganza of music, imagery and delicious food and drink sampling. With entertainment from the inexhaustible diva of Balkan electro, DJ Nico de Transilvania, this event is also part of the Bram Stoker Festival. Damnation you dare brave Samuel Page’s labyrinth of of untold horrors? Damnation is 15,000 sq ft scare attraction of terrifying passages that play on your deepest fears and will be petrifying the people of Dublin at the RDS from 1st October - 2nd November. Nineteenth-century blacksmith Samuel Page worked at the RDS and was, as far as locals knew, a pleasant family man with a wife and two daughters. Samuel’s dark practices however were unbeknownst to his fellow Dubliners, until some children stumbled upon the entrance to a maze of tunnels one day just before Halloween… What the unfortunate children were said to have discovered was an array of torture chambers, rotting flesh and Page himself summoning Lucifer. Only one child made it out to reveal to the townspeople that the blacksmith was running a Satanic cult, preying on the community’s weakest, innocent members. The furious locals burned Samuel’s house to the ground with his family inside, and yet the body of the brutal blacksmith was never recovered from the burnt remains or the tunnels. Samuel is said to be a beast stuck in eternal damnation, lurking between our world and Hell itself. Disciples of Page’s cult still follow him today, as he gathers people from far and wide, will you encounter them on your journey through the labyrinth, or will you be next? Damnation is a first class scare attraction made up of grotesquely themed sections in a labyrinth of passageways designed to scare thrill-seekers and scaredy cats alike. Samuel’s disciples also lurk throughout the maze, hoping to come across a helpless victim to harvest their screams. Expect a good dose of terror, but don’t worry there are plenty of chicken doors to escape through should it all get too much. A great way to get in the Halloween spirit, Dublin's first interactive scare attraction promises a fright night like no other. A fully immersive experience featuring live actors, professionally designed sets, costume and terrifying scenes. Damnation is definitely not for the fainthearted and is suitable for ages 16 and over. Early bird, group and student tickets available. The Mariner world premiere of Hugo Hamilton’s The Mariner comes to the Gate Theatre for a limited run as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival this September. Following on from Hamilton’s huge success in 2011, with The Speckled People, the renowned Irish writer’s new play focuses on the themes of loyalty, defeat and freedom. In 1916 a sailor with the Royal Navy returns home injured from the First World War Battle of Jutland in the North Sea, unable to speak or tell his own story. His wife welcomes him back with open arms, but discovers that the war has changed him, and his own mother begins to question whether this really is her son. As the facts begin to emerge, the conflict between the sailor's wife and his mother reaches palpable intensity. As the mariner slowly relearns how to speak, will his true identity be revealed? The Mariner previews from Thursday 25th September with its opening night taking place on Tuesday 30th September. The play runs until 1st November. Dublin Festival Season knows what giddy suprises will be in store this year so pop a big reminder in your diary for September and October for the return of Dublin Festival Season. It is no secret that Dubliners love to party. Dublin’s unique spirit of fun and entertainment is evident in the many festivals and events organised throughout the year. Dublin unleashes an explosion of festivals with ‘Dublin Festival Season’ kicking off in early September and running until the end of October. With festivals and events celebrating everything from arts, architecture, music, film, to food, Guinness and beer, fashion, sport theatre and literature; autumn presents the perfect opportunity to visit this vibrant city of culture. The many festivals you can catch during Dublin Festival Season: Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival Dublin Fashion Festival Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival Oktoberfest Culture Night Dublin Theatre Festival Hard Working Class Heroes Open House Dublin Bram Stoker Festival