Wex­ford goes into cul­tural over­drive

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - JIM CAR­ROLL

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

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