What’s on in the Arts in November 2017

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Ballet Ireland present their critically-acclaimed version of Romeo and Juliet, the tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, accompanied by Prokofiev’s incredible music and performed by a cast of world-class dancers.  In this version, Shakespeare’s tragic tale is transported from the streets of medieval Verona into the classrooms of a modern-day high school and becomes a play within a play. See balletireland.ie for venues and dates.

Star of the Sea from Moonfish Theatre, based on Joseph O’Connor’s epic best-selling novel is a story of love, murder, revenge and forgiveness in the time of the Famine. A ship sails from Cobh to the promised land of New York in the winter of 1847.  On board are passengers with secrets to hide –  a silent maidservant, a ruined lord, and a murderer on the run – characters whose lives and fates are far more intertwined than they realise. Moonfish use their signature style of bi-lingual theatre to give voice to the characters whose first language would have been Irish. Audiences are invited to experience Irish as a theatrical language, translated continuously through subtitles, movement and song. See moonfishtheatre.com for more info.

The beach is private. A European family owns it. They have owned it for generations. The family is celebrating a wedding! During the celebrations, a stranger arrives on the shore of the beach. The family must decide how to deal with this stranger. This Beach is a blistering satire of white western privilege made in response to the global refugee crisis, from multi-award-winning theatre company Brokentalkers. As the sand in This Beach is dug into and the past is excavated on stage, the beach becomes in turn an appealing leisure amenity, a valuable possession, a site of invasion, and a theatre of war. More from brokentalkers.ie

French string quartet Quatuor Voce impress not just with their musical ability but their sense of adventure. Here is an ensemble that knows the music from the inside, knows where it can be allowed to breathe a bit more and has the finesse and elegance to carry it off. The programme will include Bartók, Schubert and Beethoven. See musicnetwork.ie for more details.

In Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Annette Bening is Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame who finds herself, decades after she rose to fame, in a modest theatrical touring production in Lancaster, England. With her health failing, she contacts a much younger former lover, Liverpudlian actor Peter Turner (here played by Jamie Bell). He takes her back to the care of his own mother – sympathetically played by Julie Walters.  This is a romantic love story about two very different people at opposite ends of their lives. Nationwide from November 24.

Maretta Dillon.

To see what’s on in your area see Events around the Country November 2017

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