What’s On in the Arts Oct/Nov 2019

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What’s on in the Arts   Oct-Nov 2019

The Zurich Portrait Prize and Zurich Young Portrait Prize exhibitions open at the National Gallery of Ireland from October 5. Identity, family, memory, gender, aging, social change and diversity are among the themes addressed by the artists who have been shortlisted. It’s a diverse and stimulating selection which aims to attract a wide audience. The winners in both categories will be announced on October 8. You can view the shortlist and see if you agree with their decision until the exhibition ends in January 2020. The good news is that the show will then travel to the Crawford Gallery in Cork. More details from nationagallery.ie

Madhouse is based on the unbelievable true life story of comedian PJ Gallagher. When PJ was ten, his Ma, a nurse, moved six men with schizophrenia into the family home to care for them full time. Many psychiatric institutions were closing down and there were few places for long term residents to go. She did everything for them from administering their medication to cutting their hair. As PJ says, “It was madness. Absolute madness.” Starring Katherine Lynch and Shane O’Reilly, the play begins a nationwide tour from October 23 (madhouseontour.com)

British director Ken Loach’s new film Sorry We Missed You explores the world of zero hour contracts and the price that ordinary working people pay to big and demanding corporations. Ricky is a construction worker down on his luck who persuades his wife Abbie, an in home carer, to sell their only real asset, the family car. He wants to raise enough money to buy a van so he can do deliveries on someone else’s schedule. Deeply angry about the practices employed by these types of companies, Loach’s film is a plea for decent conditions and humane treatment of workers. There’s a little bit of all of us in the lives of Ricky, Abbie and the kids. From Nov 1 everywhere.

Spliced is set in the deep deep recesses of the national game. Timmy plays hurling, the fastest field sport in the world. He loves it. He hates it. Honest, brave and hard-hitting, Spliced is a visceral account of his struggle to become an individual outside of the sporting institution that raised him. Written by Timmy Creed, himself a veteran of Bishopstown GAA. More about this show at spliced.ie

Dublin Book Festival wants to promote all things Irish publishing from Nov 14-17..  History writers Niamh Boyce, Patricia O’Reilly, Eibhear Walshe are in conversation with poet and author Nessa O’Mahony when they discuss the Irish historical-fiction novel. Entry is free but booking is advised – more on dublinbookfestival.com.

Maretta Dillon

Events around the Country / Oct Nov 2019

ZURICH PORTRAIT PRIZE AND ZURICH YOUNG PORTRAIT PRIZE 2019
Visual Arts
26 artists working across a variety of creative disciplines were shortlisted for this prestigious prize.
Oct 5 – Jan 12 / National Gallery of Ireland / From January 2020 at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.
Free Admission + information : nationalgallery.ie

SPLICED
Festival
A young man contemplates his 21 years playing GAA. A complex and hard hitting examination ensues.
Oct 16-Nov 9 / islandwide
Information + booking: spliced.ie

WEXFORD FESTIVAL OPERA
Opera
Artistic Director David Agler presents his final selection, including work by two Irish composers.
Oct 22-Nov 3/ National Opera House, Wexford.
Information + booking: wexfordopera.com

MADHOUSE 
Theatre
Hilarious portrait of an Irish family based on the extraordinary true life story of comedian PJ Gallagher.
Oct 23 – Nov 23 / nationwide
Information + booking: madhouseontour.com

AIRELLE BESSON, SEBASTIAN STERNAL & JONAS BURGWINKEL TRIO
Music

Three exceptional musicians currently blazing a trail across the European jazz scene.
Oct 23-27 / island wide tour
Information + booking: musicnetwork.ie

MARGARET BURKE SHERIDAN: ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Music
Born in Castlebar 130 years ago she became the toast of the great opera houses of Italy and London.
Oct 30/ Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Information + booking: linenhall.com

SORRY WE MISSED YOU
Film
British director Ken Loach takes a swipe at zero hour contracts in this tale of a van driver’s struggle to survive.
Nov 1 / island wide

BALLET IRELAND
Dance
Swan Lake, one of the great love stories of classical ballet set to a majestic score by Tchaikovsky.
Nov 6-29 islandwide
Information + booking: balletireland.ie

CINDERELLA / LA CENERENTOLA
Opera
Mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught is Cinderella in the opera by Rossini. In Italian with English surtitles.
Nov 10, 12, 14, 16 / Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin 2.
Information: irishnationalopera.ie

DUBLIN BOOK FESTIVAL
Festival
Showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing in an entertaining and festival environment.
Nov 14 -17  / various venues in Dublin including Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Information: dublinbookfestival.com

THE T.S. ELIOT LECTURE WITH SEAN SCULLY
Performance
Delivered by celebrated Irish artist Sean Scully RA followed by an interview with actor Adrian Dunbar.
Nov 17 / Abbey Theatre, Dublin 1.
Information: abbeytheatre.ie

GREED
Film
Steve Coogan dazzles as the ‘da Vinci of deal-making’ in this sharp-tongued satire on corporate greed.
Nov 22 / islandwide.

Finally, if you would like your event to feature in our list of arts events, please email: events.country@gmail.com

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