Thursday, May 13, 2010

Artistic License 11th - 16th of May

This week on “Artistic License” Donal spoke to St Brigid’s Photography Group now in their tenth year about The Tom Shanahan Photographic Exhibition which is now open to the public during normal Library opening hours. For more information on the group visit New members are always welcome so if your interested just pop along to meet the team in Blanchardstown library every Wednesday from 7.00pm.

Donal also spoke to the Driaocht about some of their upcoming events such as:

Fingal County Youth Orchestra performs their Annual Concert this Saturday under the Baton of Alan Duff and of Karen Joyce in the main auditorium of the Driaocht. The concert promises a variety of classical and contemporary pieces, complimented by some very special

”Beating Berlusconi”! will take place in the main auditorium of Driaocht for one night only this Wednesday 12th of May. Written by Radio 4 playwright, John Graham Davies, “Beating Berlusconi”! is based on the bizarre true story of a life long Liverpool fan. No texts about the score at the weekend please.

”Bouncers” - an outrageous and hilarious parody of the 1990’s disco scene is back by popular demand after a successful sellout tour! “Bouncers” opens this Thursday in the Driaocht studio and runs until Saturday night. For booking information on any of these performances contact the Driaocht Box Office on 01 885 2622 or go

Sharon kept us update to date on all the news and events in D15 and beyond including:

The long running Venice Biennale Exhibition at the Farmleigh Gallery comes on too an end on the 15th of May so if you've not managed to see the three amazing Artists from Ireland and Northern Ireland on display make sure you pop along this weekend. The exhibition looks at fine art as well as video and installation art. Aspects of contemporary Ireland feature strongly in the works and this was the first time any of the projects have been exhibited in Ireland.

There is still time to catch up on some reading and join in on the Blanchardstown libraries monthly reading clubs.

The Morning Book-Club will meet on Thursday 20th May at 11am and will discuss the novel “Olive Kitteridge” - a collection of connected short stories about a woman and her immediate family and friends on the coast of Maine by Elizabeth Strout. Olive, a retired schoolteacher is perceptive, deeply empathetic character for whom Strout was honoured with a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The Evening Book-Club will meet on Thursday 13th May at 7pm and will discuss a selection from the writings of Charles Bukowskian - American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His work places an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work. A prolific author, he wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories, and six novels, eventually having over 60 books in print. The “Artistic Licence” team will be in attendance to record the reading and of course join in on the discussion.

The Castleknock School of Music are currently accepting applications and enrolments for their 15th Annual Summer Music School. Remember to book early to avoid disappointment as numbers are strictly limited.

The Bealtaine Festival programme continues this week to celebrate creativity in older age. Blanchardstown library have had on some wonderful events from this evening's Art class with John Carpenter too flower arranging and card making classes. Up next is Music, Song & Dance with Ted Courtney next Wednesday the 19th May at 11.00am. Places are limited so ensure you book early. If you'd like to go further a field why not check out the Bealtaine Writers' Group which is holding poetry readings at the Irish Writers Centre and at the Hugh Lane Gallery. For more info call Rosy on 012864728.

Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. For the EU, the day is also known as Schuman Day, commemorating the historical declaration by French foreign minister Robert Schuman. To celebrate Europe Day, the Europe Direct Centre at Blanchardstown Library held a junior and an adult quiz for all Eurovision song contest fans. The centre is also holding a Eurovision exhibition until the 29th May where a marvelous array of Eurovision stars and facts are on display! As part of Dublin's Europe Day Celebrations Filmbase presented free screenings of short films by Irish filmmakers who have won recognition at European level while the National Gallery held public tours of visiting works by European masters in the gallery’s permanent collection. Phoenix FM will be celebrating Europe day in a number of programs during the week.

Following a hugely successful season in the Gaiety Theatre last May “The Shawshank Redemption” will return to the Gaiety Theatre for a limited run. For booking information call the box office on 016771717.

This week is your last chance to see “Macbeth” brought to you by Bedrock Productions at The Abbey Theatre. There are some great two for one tickets deals just call 01 8787222. It’s well worth it even just for the fabulous stage management and clever set design.

Katya Sander’s “A Landscape of Known Facts” is a newly commissioned visual artwork that can currently be seen at the gallery of Project Arts Centre until July 29th. Admission is free.

The New Theatre continues to present a playreading by an emerging or established writer on the first Saturday of each month. Check out the for more details.

The sixth Annual Dublin Dance Festival starts this week. With 24 artists and companies from from nine countries across 15 days in eight Dublin venues. For the full programme visit

Jonathan Ansell, won the heart of the nation as lead vocalist in X-Factor runners-up G4, has been cast in his musical debut, starring in Bill Kenwright’s production of Jim Steinman and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Whistle Down The Wind”. The hit musical plays the Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin from 11th to 22nd May 2010.

Last week saw the launch of The ABSOLUT Gay Theatre Festival Dublin an festival that aims to develop all concepts of gay theatre by promoting, commissioning and showcasing new writing on gay related theatre and music. While the festival it’s self is based in the city's Temple Bar area the festival it’s self has a very international feel to it with many of the productions coming straight from runs in the West End. Artistic License attending the Irish Premiere of the Award Winning Comedy Drama “Mother/Son”. Jeffrey Solomon’s one man show is the semi autobiological story about a young Jewish mans coming out but more importantly how it changed his relationship with his Mother for the better. For more information on the festival go to or we highly recommend added them on Facebook for some great deals on tickets.

Not content with one Gay Theatre Festival Dublin holds a second this month. The better known International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival was founded in 2004 to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde and one of the largest events of its type in the world wraps this Sunday with a Gala Awards night in The Complex in Smithfield. Check out for the full festival program.

Next week we'll talk more about the European Baskets Exhibition, the latest run of Macbeth in the Abbey, Fingal County Youth Orchestra latest performance and much more. Tune in on 92.5 Phoenix FM on Monday and Wednesday at 8 pm to listen to “Artistic Licence”! Also check for new "Artistic License" podcasts here -


Donal O’Sullivan and Sharon Casey

"Artictic License"

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