Maretta Dillon anticipates the arts calendar for the next few months.
Willy Russell’s play, Educating Rita, is updated to 1980’s Belfast in this new production. Beginning at the Lyric Theatre on Feb 4, the tour expands out island wide with a five day stint at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre. Hairdresser Rita’s thirst for knowledge is balanced against her tutor Frank’s world weariness and disillusionment in this ultimately uplifting tale. More details ticketmaster.ie
Male dancers don’t always enjoy the same profile as their female counterparts. Lïnger looks to counter this. It’s a critically-acclaimed contemporary Irish dance work involving former principal of Riverdance Breandán de Gallaí and Nick O’Connell, two male dancers at opposite ends of their dancing careers. Choreographed and directed by de Gallaí, this immersive work explores identity, sexuality, and aging, unfolding through a rich tapestry of music, movement, live drawing, photography and film. The production begins an all-Ireland tour in Dublin on March 6 – eriu.co
French cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand performing with long-term collaborator and acclaimed recitalist Pascal Amoyel will tour Ireland, north and south, with a programme of Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Brahms as well as a new work by Irish composer Kevin Volans. The duo has performed together for many years, winning widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Something to anticipate. From March 21, information from musicnetwork.ie
There’s a double helping of opera this month with Opera Theatre Ireland’s new production of Handel’s, Acis and Galatea, to be conducted by renowned Baroque specialist Peter Whelan and featuring the dazzling Irish Baroque Orchestra. Written in 1717, Acis and Galatea, is a high point of baroque repertoire and one of Handel’s most treasured works. For more details see opera.ie
At the other end of the scale is Vampirella, a world premiere of a new Irish opera presented by the Royal Irish Academy of Music in collaboration with The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin. Irish composer Siobhán Cleary’s new work, inspired by an Angela Carter short story, is set in 1914. Hero, an English soldier is on a cycling holiday in the Carpathian Mountains, and seeks shelter in a lonely castle where he meets and disarms the beautiful vampire Countess. Katy Hayes provides the libretto for this exciting musical offering. More info from riam.ie
Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling team up in this adaptation of Julian Barnes’s novel, The Sense of an Ending, about aging, memory, jealousy, and the lies we tell ourselves to survive. Broadbent is Tony Webster, a curt divorcé who is bequeathed a diary by an old friend but the volume is in the possession of an ex-girlfriend (Charlotte Rampling) who refuses to give it to him. Tony becomes somewhat obsessed with the diary and what it might or might not contain. From April 14 nationwide.
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