The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - VARIOUS LISTINGS - Chris­tine Mad­den

BELFAST Pinoc­chio Meet some new char­ac­ters in this mu­si­cal ver­sion of Carlo Col­lodi’s story, adapted by Paul Boyd ( for ages 5+). Lyric Theatre, 55 Ridge­way St Fri-Thurs var­i­ous times £13/£10 048-90381081 Peter Pan May McFet­tridge is joined by Jack El­lis and As­ton Mer­ry­gold as Peter Pan in this tra­di­tional pan­tomime. Grand Opera House, Great Vic­to­ria St Sat-Thurs var­i­ous times £5.50-£22.50 048-90241919 Aladdin This tra­di­tional pan­tomime stars Sean Kearns as the swanky Widow Twanky, the Wee Aladdins “Wicked Cho­rus”, and Marty Rea as Aladdin. Wa­ter­front Hall, 2 Lanyon Place Sat 1.30pm & 5pm £10/£14.50 048-90334455 www.wa­ter­ CLARE A Christ­mas Mud­dle Chil­dren must help solve a few sea­sonal prob­lems be­fore they get to meet Santa. Glór Ir­ish Mu­sic Cen­tre, En­nis Sun-Thurs var­i­ous times ¤12/¤20 065-6843103 DUBLIN Art Work­shops at Dublin City Gallery – The Hugh Lane Art work­shop in which 3-6 year olds make win­ter top hats with artist Kitty Rogers; This week’s Sun­day Sketch­ing ses­sion will look at art works with mir­rors and en­cour­age the mak­ing of sim­i­lar creative images (aged 7+). Dublin City Gallery – The Hugh Lane, Par­nell Sq Nth Sat 3-4pm (book­ing re­quired) Sun 3pm Adm free, no book­ing re­quired 01-2225550 Sleep­ing Beauty – A Wicked Fairy­tale Fol­low­ing their mag­i­cal pro­duc­tion of The Se­cret Gar­den last year, Land­mark Pro­duc­tions and the He­lix have joined forces again this year in this Christ­mas show (for ages 6+) The He­lix, DCU Sat 3pm (preview) Sun 4pm Mon-Thurs 11am ¤18/¤12 or ¤25/¤21 01-7007000 www.the­he­ Christ­mas Work­shop at the Ch­ester Beatty Li­brary The chil­dren’s Silk Worm Club ex­plores Christ­mas tra­di­tions in this work­shop (ages 6 - 11). Ch­ester Beatty Li­brary, Dublin Cas­tle Sat 2pm Adm free but ad­vance book­ing es­sen­tial 01-4070750 Hansel and Gre­tel and Os­car Wilde’s The Self­ish Gi­ant The Lam­bert team bring th­ese two chil­dren’s tales to life through pup­petry. Lam­bert Pup­pet Theatre, Clifton Lane, Monkstown Sat/Sun 3.30pm ¤12.50/¤9.50 01-2800974 Christ­mas Open Day and Fam­ily Tours A day of fes­tive events and ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages; Join a themed tour lim­ited to 20 peo­ple. Na­tional Mu­seum of Dec­o­ra­tive Arts and His­tory, Collins Bar­racks, Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 2.30pm Adm free 01-6486453 Mother Goose Tra­di­tional pan­tomime star­ring Mark O’Shaugh­nessy as Mother Goose, Kate Bren­nan, Doire­ann Ní Chor­ragáin, Michael Gren­nell, stunt per­former Toby Gomme and the Bil­lie Barry Kids. Gai­ety Theatre, South King St Sun 1.30pm & 6.30pm (previews) Mon-Thurs 6.30pm ¤16.50 - ¤32 01-6771717 Sto­ry­telling at Farm­leigh Sto­ry­telling with Toby Kinsella. Also check out the Chil­dren’s Christ­mas room and live crib in the sta­bles yard. Old Kitchen, Farm­leigh Sat & Sun 1pm, 2.30pm & 4pm Adm free 01-8155900­ Santa and the Present Pi­rates City Theatre presents this Christ­mas show for 3-8 year olds. The Mill Theatre, Dun­drum Mon 9.55am, 11.15am & 12.35pm ¤10 01-2969340 www.millthe­ Sleep­ing Beauty pup­pet show Paula Lam­bert presents this clas­sic chil­dren’s tale with her pup­pets. Air­field Trust, Upr Kil­macud Rd, Dun­drum Sun noon & 3pm ¤12 01- 2984301 KILKENNY Lit­tle Ru­dolf Barn­storm Theatre Com­pany’s new Christ­mas show for 4-6 year olds is a story about a young rein­deer who dis­cov­ers he is dif­fer­ent from all the rest. The Barn, Church Lane Fri 10am & 11.30am ¤7 056-7751266 LOUTH The Lit­tle Dance Girl Livin Dred Theatre Com­pany presents the story of Molly, a young girl who sets the world alight when she dances (for 5-12 year olds). Droic­head Arts Cen­tre, Stock­well St, Drogheda Mon-Thurs 10.30am & 12.30pm ¤8 041-9833946 MON­AGHAN Lit­tle Ru­dolf See Kilkenny. Ion­tas Theatre, Castle­blaney Wed/Thurs 10.30am & noon Also 1.30pm Wed ¤7 042-9753400 MAYO The Em­peror’s New Clothes Banyan Theatre Com­pany presents a hu­mor­ous retelling of this clas­sic tale us­ing pup­petry, mu­sic and sto­ry­telling (for aged 3+). Li­nen­hall Arts Cen­tre, Li­nen­hall St, Castle­bar Sat 3pm ¤5 094-9023733 Sto­ry­telling Ed­die Leni­han tells tales of myth, magic and mys­tery at this sto­ry­telling ses­sion (aged 7+). Ir­ish Mu­seum of Coun­try Life, Tur­lough Park, Castle­bar Wed 2.30pm Adm free 094-9031751 Chil­dren’s list­ings: Sylvia Thompson sthomp­son@ir­ BAL­LET IN DE­CEM­BER Bal­let Ire­land, Ir­ish Na­tional Youth Bal­let, Perm State Bal­let, St Petersburg Bal­let (Var­i­ous venues around Ire­land – see list­ings for de­tails) The bal­let sea­son is in full swing this month. Is it be­cause of the Christ­mas theme of The Nutcracker that De­cem­ber bal­let equals Tchaikovsky? Or is it be­cause of the usu­ally sump­tu­ous stage and cos­tume de­signs, and the fact that we like a sea­sonal – and tra­di­tional – treat this time of year? What­ever the rea­son, dance lovers can take their pick of pro­duc­tions – or gorge on th­ese hol­i­day sweets. The Perm State Bal­let make a very wel­come re­turn to Gal­way and Dublin, bring­ing their mag­nif­i­cent work to our stages in the form of The Nutcracker (pic­tured) and Sleep­ing Beauty. As one of Rus­sia’s most re­spected dance com­pa­nies, who spe­cialise in Tchaikovsky (who was born near Perm), they rarely fail to present breath­tak­ing pro­duc­tions of th­ese clas­sics. But should you want more and more, the St Petersburg Bal­let also de­liver an in­tox­i­cat­ing Tchaikovsky fix with their Swan Lake and Nutcracker, and INYB keep their en­joy­able Nutcracker fresh from year to year. For some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent, Bal­let Ire­land re­turn home af­ter their UK run with their world pre­miere of A Christ­mas Carol. It’s the one time of the year bal­let lovers – like sweet lovers – can feel jus­ti­fied in be­ing greedy.


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