Spring has sprung, bears come out of hibernation (hi!) and it’s time again for festival fun! Here’s a sample of what Gaelick will be up to over the next little while. Come on, get your culture on!
Be in Dublin this May and soak up all that the Dublin Writers Festival has to offer. We especially like the look of an evening in Smock Alley Theatre on 20th May to mark the publication of Fifty Shades of Feminism. Featuring co-editor Rachel Holmes and contributor Shami Chakrabarti with theatre maker Louise Lowe and journalist Una Mullally, get tickets now for what is sure to be some fizzing debate. The book itself has contributions by Jeanette Winterson, Elaine Showalter, Sandi Toksvig, Juliet Stevenson and Margaret Atwood to name but a few, so expect these discussions to be as diverse as the content.
See also Caitlin Moran (above) at the National Concert Hall, Tracey Thorn at Smock Alley, Down O’Porter chatting to Roisin Ingle at same venue, and a Celebration of the life and times of Nuala O’Faolain at Liberty Hall.
While in the capital, take a break from all the words and check out some moves, for the Dublin Dance Festival takes place from 14th to 26th May. As well as new Irish work from Jean Butler (above), Fearghus Ó Conchúir and the always amazing Phillip Connaughton, there will be a big Aussie presence including Lucy Guerin’s company at the Samuel Beckett at Trinity. Bring smallies along to free (yes, free!) shows of Spill, at playgrounds all over the city, and check out the master classes, for those who want to do more than just watch!
If you’re on the road over the next while, you may be lucky enough to rendezvous with the HotForTheatre tour crossing the nation very soon! You may recall that we loved loved loved Amy Conroy’s award-winning I Heart Alice Heart I (below) and Eternal Rising of the Sun, so keep an eye on local press, or on the interwebs, and catch them while you can!
That’s probably enough to keep you out of trouble for at least a little while. See you at something very soon!