A look at some of the events go­ing on this week

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS GOING OUT - Sylvia Thomp­son Po­etry Day Ire­land


Po­ets across the coun­try will join in read­ings and con­ver­sa­tions in schools, li­braries, hos­pi­tals, arts cen­tres and on twit­ter (an in­ter­ac­tive map of Dublin themed twit­ter po­etry) on Thurs­day; Th­ese in­clude Po­ems That Make Grown Men Cry read by au­thors, Paul Lynch , Paul Mur­ray, De­clan Hughes and lit­er­ary pub­li­cist Cor­mac Kin­sella Books Up­stairs, D’Olier St Thurs 1pm; Read­ing by writ­ers So­phie Hannah and Paul Perry, Green Street Court­house Thurs 7pm po­et­ry­ po­et­ryire­



Out­door screen­ing of Roddy

Harding as the Bull. Gai­ety Theatre. Ends May 16 7.30pm (Sat mat 3pm) from 122.50 gai­etythe­

Hedda Gabler De­liv­er­ing a new ver­sion of Ib­sen for the Abbey, while ready­ing a new in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Shake­speare for Druid, Mark O’Rowe is one of the few Ir­ish writ­ers not cur­rently try­ing to write like Mark O’Rowe. Abbey Theatre. Ends May 16 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm) 113-145 abbeythe­

I, Keano It’s been 13 years, peo­ple. Get over it. Olympia Theatre. Ends May 2 (Run ex­tended.) 7.30pm 125 tick­et­mas­

To Kill a Mock­ing­bird Stage adap­ta­tion of Harper Lee’s only book (so far) makes a timely visit as stu­dents start re­vis­ing for ex­ams. Bord Gais En­ergy Theatre. May 4-9 7.30pm (Tues/Sat mat 2pm; No show Wed) 115-140 bor­dgaisen­

The Kiss Jimmy Mur­phy’s new play for new com­pany Di­rec­tions Out, timed to co­in­cide with the ref­er­en­dum on Mar­riage Equal­ity, is about a guy called Ed­die seek­ing to open a restau­rant with his wife, un­til a kiss changed ev­ery­thing. The­atre­Up­stairs, Lan­ni­gan’s. Ends May 2 7pm (Tues - Sat) Mat 1pm (Wed & Sat) the­atre­up­

Lit­tle Thing/Big Thing Donal O’Kelly’s two-han­der, about in­ter­na­tional en­ergy skull­dug­gery and a cor­po­ra­tion called Scarab En­ergy. Project Arts Cen­tre. Pre­view May 5 May 6-15 8pm Mat Sat 3pm

118/ 16 pro­jec­tarts­cen­

Lucinda Sly In March 1835, ten thou­sand peo­ple crammed the streets of Car­low to see the public hang­ing of Lucinda Sly Doyle’s The Van with food stalls and mu­sic, Da­ly­mount Park, Sat 7pm 15 ; Dublin Leg­ends, mu­sic, po­etry and rem­i­nisc­ing with John Shea­han, last sur­viv­ing mem­ber of The Dublin­ers, and writer, Der­mot Bol­ger, Mc­Geogh’s Bo­hemian Lounge, Doyle’s Cor­ner, Phib­s­bor­ough, Mon 8.30pm 115 phiz­

An Artist’s Tour Wood­turner Em­met Kane will give a guided tour of the ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion of his ex­quis­ite wood pieces, Na­tional Mu­seum of Dec­ora-

and de­fied John so­cial Dempsey, bound­aries lovers to whobe to­gether. McKenna. A Civic new by John Ends May civicthe­atre.ie2 8.15pm 118 & 116 Madam de Markievicz on

Trial Ann Matthews re­turns with an his­tor­i­cal drama based on an event in Easter 1916 when a po­lice­man was fa­tally shot. New Theatre. Ends May 4 7.30pm 115/112 the­newthe­ The Man in the Woman’s

Shoes Mikel Murfi is still walk­ing his one-man show across the coun­try. Pav­il­ion Theatre. May 6-7 8pm 118/ 116 pavil­ionthe­

My Fair Ladies Des Keogh per­forms his solo piece about GB Shaw and the women in his life. Vik­ing Theatre, Clon­tarf. Ends May 9 8pm 115 vikingth­e­atre­

The Pic­ture of Do­rian Gray Won­der­land Theatre serve up din­ner with this wild Wildean adap­ta­tion. Cu­cum­ber sand­wiches any­one? Cafe en Seine. May 4/5 6.30pm 143.50, in­clud­ing din­ner. cafeen­

Romeo and Juliet Wayne Jor­dan giveth the Gate a con­tem­po­rary spin on Shake­speare’s tragedy, a play so con­tin­u­ally given a con­tem­po­rary spin, it makes you dizzy. Gate Theatre. Un­til May 16 7.30pm (Sat Mat 2pm)

125/135 gateth­e­

In Search of Mr B A new play imag­ines Sa­muel Beck­ett in con­ver­sa­tion with a ven­tril­o­quist’s dummy. Smock Al­ley. Ends May 2 8pm 116/112 smock­

Sto­ries, Po­etry and Dreams

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tive Arts and His­tory, Collins Bar­racks, Sun 3pm adm free but book­ing es­sen­tial 01- 6777444 mu­

A Wilde Week­end Writer Will Self (above) re­sponds to Os­car Wilde’s es­say The Soul of Man Un­der So­cial­ism at the open­ing event of this cel­e­bra­tion of Os­car Wilde. His re­sponse is The

So­cial­ism of Man’s Soul. The Re­gal, Fri 6.30pm £8/£6 Also, theatre, lit­er­ary con­ver­sa­tions and pic­nics in the park, En­niskillen 028 66 325440 wilde­week­enden­ pro­fes­sional racon­teur Michael Mur­phy puts his tour­ing show to bed with a fi­nal per­for­mance in Dun Laoghaire Pav­il­ion Theatre. May 2 8pm

120/ 17 pavil­ionthe­

Vil­lage Woo­ing Ge­orge Bernard Shaw’s 1934 com­edy of mis­matched would-be lovers gets per­formed by El­liot Mo­ri­arty and Re­becca Grimes un­der the di­rec­tion of Michael James Ford. Dol­men Theatre, Cor­nelscourt. Ends May 2 8pm

112 dol­menthe­


Gal­way Theatre Fes­ti­val Lo­cal work gets a plat­form at Gal­way Theatre Fes­ti­val. High­lights in­clude Mac Beata, an Ir­ish lan­guage trans­la­tion of Shake­speare’s Scot­tish play and the first glimpse of a new play by Jar­lath Tivin, Plea­sure Ground. Var­i­ous May 1-9. gal­waythe­atre­fes­ti­


The Games Peo­ple Play See Cork. Back­stage, Long­ford. May 7, 8.30pm back­


Kitty in the Lane De­but play by Aine Ryan about a beauty pageant con­tes­tant des­tined to es­cape her hum­drum home­town. The Lit­tle Duke Theatre, Drogheda. May 2 7pm

112 / 110 droghedaarts­fes­ti­val.tick­et­ See Belfast.


Fam­ished Cas­tle Out of town try-out for Hi­lary Fan­nin’s new play about ex-lovers land­bound in De­par­tures. Rec­ol­lec­tions chart a re­la­tion­ship (and so­ci­ety) that goes from boom to bust. Theatre Royal. May 7-9 8pm. 120/ 16 the­

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