Monday, July 26, 2010

Artistic License Arts News July 26th

The Opposite Sex brought to by OnQ Theatre Company & David Tristram
comes to the Draiochts Studio Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th of
September Tickets are €16 or €14 with a concession. This adult
domestic comedy will have you in stitches from curtain up to curtain

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 Blancherstown Libraby

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

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 Blanchardstown 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.

On Sunday in Farmleigh you can enjoy Music in the Gardens with Urban
Box Social between as 2-4.

Farmleigh's Courtyard Movies is back on Saturday the 7th of August at
4pm with Pulp Fiction and The Thing at 8pm.

Sunday 8th August
It starts off at 5pm with Young Frankenstein followed by an 8pm
showing of Alien. Please contact Farmleigh for booking.

And I must applaud them for their choose in films!

Conor Kostick has been selected as the 2010 Farmleigh Writer in
Residence. Conor lives in Dublin where he teaches medieval history at
Trinity College and is the author of several books including 'Epic',
'Saga', 'Move', as well as 'The Book of Curses' for younger readers.

Conor was the recipient of a Special Merit Award at the Reading
Association of Ireland Awards in 2009 for his book 'Move', and for his
contribution to science-fiction writing in Ireland. He has achieved
international success with 'Epic' and 'Saga'.

The residency will take place between July, August and September and a
series of workshops will be programmed to coincide with it.

On Wednesday 25th August at 7pm : Conor will give a 'Master Class in
Children’s Literature'

There will be two meetings the first on 25 August and a follow up
meeting in September. Places are limited. If you are interested
please send 1,000 words of your work in progress to

The Plough and the Stars, a play that has always been closely
associated with the Abbey Theatre.

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.

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.

Booking or 01 874 4045 / 874 6042

The Matchmaker by John B Keane in the
Tivoli Theatre has been extended due to popular 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.

Box Office 01 454 4472

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has opened to great acclaim at the Grand Canal
Threate for it's 4 Week run! Tickets are selling fast for this Award
Winning West End production with a cast and crew of over 100
(including 10 dogs), sensational sets, a full orchestra and stunning
special effects!

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’ .

Bestselling Irish chicklit author Melissa Hill has switched to
thriller writing.A new book she has co-written with her businessman
husband Kevin was bought this week for a six-figure sum by Simon &
Schuster in the UK and big money deals have also been done for other
countries. The forensic crime thriller is called 'Taboo' and
represents a major literary crossover for Melissa whose eight chicklit
novels to date have all been bestsellers. 'Taboo' was snapped up by
publishers in several countries within 24 hours of being offered by
Hill's agent. It's the first in a series she and Kevin will be penning
together under the name Casey Hill. It was written by the pair as they
awaited the birth of their first baby, Carrie. Kevin has not written
before, but has been advising Melissa on her earlier books and came up
with the shocking ending for the new novel. The couple live in
Monkstown, south Dublin. Melissa is already one of Ireland's most
successful women's fiction authors, having sold more than one million
copies of her books worldwide. She started writing in 2003 and is now
ranked alongside Cathy Kelly and Marian Keyes, with her books
published in 16 languages. Her latest novel, 'The Truth about You',
has been at the top of the Irish charts for the past six weeks.

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