Thursday, July 22, 2010

Artistic License Arts News July 19th

Extract from my personal blog on

"The Opposite Sex" brought to by OnQ Theatre Company & David Tristram
comes to the Draiocht Studio Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th of

If your kids love to explore the arts why not send them along to
Driaocht next week to work with a range of materials, dry and wet! The workshop runs from Monday
to Friday with a number of different times and age groups running.

For booking information contact the Driaocht Box Office on 01 885 2622
or go

An Abstract Art exhibition by artist Berni Polen is currently on
show in The Blancherstown Library.

The Morning Book-Club meets again in August. A selection from the
shortlist of the Impac Award will be discussed. The Evening Book-Club meets again on the 9th of September and the
book choice is "The Importance of being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde.
We'll be there to capture the conversion.

St Brigid’s Photography Group now in it's tenth year continues to meet
in Blanchardstown library every Wednesday from 7.00pm. For more
information on the group visit New members
are always welcome.

For more on the library listen in to the "Library Show"
which is broadcast every Friday evening at 7.30pm on Phoenix 92.5 FM,
with a new edition on the last Friday of every month.

Farmleigh is running another Adult Art Painting Class on Saturday 24th
of this month at 10.30am with a focus on ‘Still Life Painting’ There
is no need to bring any equipment with you on the day - everything is
supplied but please dress appropriately for outdoor weather

On Sunday the 25th there will be Music in the Gardens with
Blanchardstown Brass Band.

The Plough and the Stars, a play that has always been closely
associated with the Abbey Theatre, begins it's previews Wednesday the
21st of July.

Set against the backdrop of the Easter Rising in 1916, The Plough and
the Stars is both an intimate play about the lives of ordinary people
and an epic play about ideals and the birth of our nation.
Heartbreaking, disturbing and very funny, The Plough and the Stars is
an historic play that every generation needs to see. The play will be
directed by Wayne Jordan, graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre,
Trinity College Dublin who has been a trainee director on a new
mentoring programme devised by the Abbey Theatre.

For more information call the box office on 8787222 or visit for information about our sign language
interpreted, audio described and captioned performances

Following the sell-out production of All My Son’s last year, Arthur
Miller's masterpiece, Death of a Salesman opens at the Gate Theatre on
Tuesday 20th July. The play burst onto the international scene in
1949, winning not only the Pulitzer Prize, but also the Drama Critics’
Circle and several Tony Awards. Directed by renowned American director
David Esbjornson and featuring a stellar cast including international
stage and screen star Harris Yulin as Willy Loman, this production is
not to be missed. Previews I'm afraid are all sold out. Phoenix FM's presenter Donal O'Sullivan will be
reviewing the show in an upcoming "Artistic License".

"The Matchmaker" by John B Keane was due to finish up last week in the
Tivoli Theatre but due to demand the production will now run until the
7th of August. A classic of the modern Irish theatre both marvellous
and mischievous it's not to be missed.

Waltons Guitar Festival of Ireland taking place from 22-25 July,
2010.The festival, now in its seventh year, is a world-class music
event and features a programme of great performances, showcasing the
best in classical, jazz, folk and world music in some of Dublin's
finest venues. Visit for more. Next week we're have exclusive
reviews and interviews from the festival.

The Dún Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures is an annual
international arts festival celebrating cultural diversity. With
everything from concerts to markets there is something for everyone.
The program of events is now available on

Starting in September, RTÉ will launch four brand new dramas with the
return of popular series such as ‘Raw’ and ‘Single-Handed’. Viewers
will have over 82 hours of new Irish drama presented to them next
season as RTÉ increases its dramatic output from the same time last

The upcoming new drama broadcasts include ‘Love/Hate’, a four-part
series set in Dublin’s gangland, feature-length drama ‘When Harvey Met
Bob’ with a retelling of the relationship between Bob Geldof and
Harvey Goldsmith in the run up to Live Aid; ‘Wild Decembers’ by
celebrated Irish writer Edna O’Brien, and a new three-part serial
featuring the online sensations and winners of RTÉ’s StoryLand
competition, ‘Hardy Bucks’ .

Irish Promoter, booker and manager Derek Nally passed away last week.
Long associated with booking out Whelan’s and The Village in Dublin,
Derek also managed Irish acts Juliet Turner and Ham Sandwich whilst
promoting many, many gigs over the years. Deepest condolences to his
family, friends and colleagues.

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