FRI­DAY 04.12.15

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Tony Clay­ton-Lea Peter Craw­ley

WE ARE FAM­ILY Hyp­notic Brass Ensem­ble Funk fam­ily group from Chicago – pre­pare to bop, hop, skip and jump over the week­end. Spe­cial guests in­clude In­ter­skalac­tic (Fri­day), Ajo Arkestra (Satur­day) and Man­den Ex­press (Sun­day). There are also two all-ages fam­ily shows tak­ing place on Satur­day and Sun­day af­ter­noon (2pm-5pm, ¤35/¤27.50/¤12.50/¤10). THE­ATRE It’s a Won­der­ful Bleedin’ Life It’s al­most a cre­ative act of “re-gift­ing”, the many in­ter­pre­ta­tions and retellings that have led us to find Ge­orgie Travers in a bar in Howth. Vul­ner­a­ble, on edge, and weigh­ing up a se­ries of dis­ap­point­ments while he con­sid­ers an aw­ful course of ac­tion, the pro­tag­o­nist of Gary Dug­gan’s sea­sonal drama can be traced back to Frank Capra’s 1946 Christ­mas clas­sic, cer­tainly, but more squarely to that film’s in­spi­ra­tion, a short story by Philip Van Doren Sterns called The Great­est Gift, which was it­self in­spired by a dream the au­thor had rem­i­nis­cent of A Christ­mas Carol. Here Dug­gan di­rects Stephen Kelly as Travers and Ger­ard Byrne as an odd­ball strag­gler to help re­view his life and con­sider a bet­ter fu­ture. TECHNO Oc­tave One

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