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Robin Hood – Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe Reteam

Out this week, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood tells the tale of Sir Robin, who returns from the Crusades to find his homeland under the tyranny of the Sherrif of Nottingham. Robin vows to free the people, while also attempting to woo the fair Marian. Russell Crowe plays Robin in his fifth collaboration with Scott. Frankly, […]


The Tales of Ballycumber by Sebastian Barry – photo preview of the Abbey stage

The Tales of Ballycumber is playing at the Abbey Theatre – it’s opening this week in fact, as part of the 2009 Dublin Theatre Festival. I’ve was invited down to the theatre to watch the set being built. It started out in the design phase as just a model: where only certain details could be […]


The RTÉ and Rhythm Lab Percussion Spectactular with Noel Eccles and George Hook

On Sunday 4 October at the National Concert Hall at 1:05pm, RTÉ and Rhythm Labs present a PERCUSSION SPECTACULAR where there’ll be 20 top percussionists on stage, led by Noel Eccles in a show that’s about rhythm, beat and getting the full audience to participate! I was at a workshop at the Concert Hall this […]


The Lost Pirates at ABSOLUT FRINGE

To err is human, to Arrrr is pirate

Avast ye landlubbing sons of Culchurs! Saturday be International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Yahrrr. I knows this because I be a matey over on the fair ship Facebook where there’s swag to be blagged, booty to be heaved and tickets to be won to see THE LOST PIRATES down at the Metro Bosco Theatre […]


Interview: Broken Croí/Heart Briste, a bilingual play at ABSOLUT FRINGE

What it’s called: Broken Croí/Heart Briste Where it is: Filmbase, Temple Bar When it is: 7pm every evening until Saturday, September 19 How long it is: 40 mins How much it is: €16 or €13 I sat down with the cast – Manchán Mangan and Eva O Connor – after this play in Gaeilge and […]


The Dublin Bike Scheme – the second best thing to happen to the city recently?

I have to tell you – I love the idea of the new Dublin bike scheme, launched today. They’re now available on the streets of Dublin and I’ve already seen people around on them this morning. The connection to pop culture here? No, not tenuous. I could put in something like “You can get to […]


Competition: Tickets to see David Gray, Lisa Hannigan and more at Arthur’s Day

I’m delighted to be able to bring you this exclusive competition, thanks to Guinness. So, Arthur’s Day is September 24… (but I may have told you that already) Here’s the blog post featuring the full line-up for each venue Here’s the chat with Simon from The Chapters, one of the bands who’ll be playing Here’s […]


Find out about the ABSOLUT ORIGINAL art exhibition at the ABSOLUT Fringe Factory

What it’s called: ABSOLUT ORIGINALS (it’s an art exhibition) Where it is: ABSOLUT Fringe Factory, Smock Alley Theatre, Lower Exchange St, Dublin 2 When it is: Daily between 5pm and 10pm until September 20 How long it is: That’s up to you – how long do you want to spend? How much it is: FREE […]


Review: THE BLANCH at ABSOLUT Fringe – bizarre but very funny

What it’s called: THE BLANCH Where it is: Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 and The Axis, Ballymun When it is: Tonight to Saturday September 12 at 7pm and September 16 to 19 at the Axis at 8pm How long it is: 60 minutes How much it is: €16 or €13 What they say: Welcome to […]


Go see Cirque de Legume at Filmbase this week. You’ll love it.

What it’s called: The Cirque de Légume Where it is: Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 When it is: Tonight to Saturday September 12 at 9m How long it is: 55 minutes How much it is: €16 or €13 What they say: Quite simply the Greatest Vegetable Circus on Earth! In this piece of comic absurd […]


Why fans of Irish music should see The Yellow Bittern: The Life and Times of Liam Clancy

An important Irish film is being released this Friday. It’s a documentary charting the rise of Liam Clancy and is directed by Alan Gilsenan. It’s called The Yellow Bittern: The Life and Times of Liam Clancy. I saw the movie at its premiere last week at the Lighthouse Cinema and got speaking to some people […]


An apology to Mr Mike Scott

I first met Mr Mike Scott (he of The Waterboys) at the Abbey Theatre, at the launch of their 2009/10 season. The striking poster above caught my eye immediately and I turned to David, the Abbey’s Press Officer to express my surprise and delight at the inclusion in the programme when he gestured towards the […]