Wexford goes into cultural overdrive
There is something about bank holiday weekends which sends the Irish going-out psyche into overdrive. For many, the upcoming long weekend will be treated as a last hurrah before Christmas and every single promoter with something to flog is on the case up and down the country.
Wexford is a particularly busy arts and cultural outpost at present, with the 63rd run of the town’s illustrious Opera Festival about to get underway. There’s also the 62nd outing for the Fringe Festival, with all the hoopla and Spiegeltenting which goes with that kind of crack.
It’s also a big occasion for the Wexford Arts Centre, which marks 40 years in business in the heart of the old town with a special presentation of short plays by four renowned local writers. John Banville (left) , Eoin Colfer, Billy Roche and Colm Tóibín are the writers in question, with Ben Barnes directing the programme. The four plays – Prince Charming and the Dame, My Real Life, The Dog and Bone and Erosion respectively – reflect an abundance of local themes and landscapes.
There will be eight performances in all, nightly from Wednesday October 22nd to Monday October 27th with matinees on Saturday and Sunday. For more info, see wexfordartscentre.ie