Theatre outing take 2

29 09 2010

I’m a sucker for a freebie, so when I saw an offer for free tickets to a show at the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival I added my details and thought nothing of it until two tickets to Circa at the Gaiety Theatre came through my letterbox.

I didn’t read anything about the show before I got to the theatre, mainly because I didn’t have time, but also because a bunch of film critics once said at a Q&A session I went to that you should never read a review before you go watch something. So with an open mind I took my seat in the packed out crowd and waited for the show to begin.

I don’t want to spoil it but Circa has to be the best show I’ve seen this year. The combination of circus skills, dance and gymnastics is one of the most thrilling spectacles you’ll ever see. The simplest of movements become elaborate sequences you can’t help but watch while complex contortions are so fluid they look like anyone could do them.

The show is full of humor and plenty of moments to make you wince – a sequence involving a pair of sparkly red high heels sticks out in my mind. Expressions of ‘Oh my God!’ and gasps can be heard throughout the theatre – testimony of how far these performers go in the name of entertainment.

But, what a show! And if the standing ovation from the audience is anything to go by I wasn’t the only one to be blown away.

If you want a memorable show that’s worth every cent then Circa is for you.
Circa runs from the 30th of September until the 3rd of October. Tickets are available from or contact the Gaiety Theatre on 01 677 1717

Launching the Fringe

17 08 2010

I’m very excited about the 16th Dublin Fringe Festival – ABSOLUT Fringe. I went to the festival programme launch last night and got a chance to meet some of the performers, including a friend I have not seen for 2 years.  It was a lovely evening with lots of vodka and colourfully creative people in a room which looked like a school disco (retro).

This year’s ABSOLUT Fringe offers 460 performances in 40 venues across Dublin and a common thread running through this year’s festival is what brings people together and how it defines them.  A major highlight of the festival will be Ponydance, the comedy dance troupe who will surprise onlookers with pop-up FREE performances in 15 random public random locations such as streets, bars, offices

As well as some of the shows I think I’ll be hitting the festival club, because my experience of them at other festivals has always been full of fun. I’m intrigued by installation which will be on the River Liffey, so I will have to jump on my bike to take a look.

Of course the Festival will, as usual, provoke, amuse, astound, enrage, inspire, entertain and I can’t wait!

**I have to give the website a big thumbs up (, I know I’ll be spending time on there picking out a few shows I want to see.**

Back so soon…

2 06 2010

I’ve been offline for a while, mainly due to my workload and the good weather, but now I’m back.

My Twitter followers will know that I’m in the process of moving house at the moment, and boy has it been a ‘process’. I moved into my current apartment in Dublin 6 last August and the prices then were low and I got a one bed apartment for not much more than the price of a double room. Since then, despite the media coverage saying that we’re deep in recession, rents have definitely gone up and you’re looking at €500 for a double bedroom. When I first rented a room in south Dublin I paid €400 and now I’m looking at paying €550 for a room the same size further away from town…it makes no sense.

In other news – I worked out that I can read twitter messages by and to me on the new look Google by searching updates. Today I found that this blog was mentioned in What’s On Stage’s ‘Best of This Week’s Theatre Blogs‘. I’m chuffed. Thanks.

Theatre outing take 1

15 04 2010

On Monday, I had tickets to see Traces at the Olympia theatre in Dublin, a venue I have been to a few times this year. I have to admit that it’s not my favourite theatre to see a show because there are too many places where your view can be restricted, but that’s by the bye.

The seats we were allocated were at an angle to the stage with some of it not in view. So as soon as the lights went down we moved. Of course, half the audience turned up late so it wasn’t long until we was turfed out of the seats we’d commandeered.

The opening act was great – Fiona Melady played some beautiful songs which the audience revelled in. Each song received a rapturous round of applause and the audience listened in silence to each song. My only criticism would be, she didn’t say who she was at the end of her set, so those of us who were not paying attention at the beginning or people who arrived late didn’t know who to Google at the end of the night.

During the interval we had a few drinks in the theatre bar and the atmosphere was relaxed and fun. The main show, Traces, had been given such a build up it would be interesting to see if it lived up to expectation…and after my night – I couldn’t give you an honest answer.

What I saw of the show was amazing – beautiful dance and breathtaking acrobatics that had everyone oohing and aahing.

However…the row in front of where we were sitting arrived as the show was beginning. It was clear early on that these people decided a night at the theatre was the perfect excuse for a session and the smell of rancid alcohol wafted from them. They began to talk loudly over the show, and didn’t quiet down when they were shushed from all angles. The couple in front turned around and asked them to be quiet which resulted in giggles and swearing from the women in question.

I also asked for them to quiet down, but I was ignored. Then one turned around and accused me of kicking her seat and in her head that constituted assault. Then the people behind me got involved by fighting my corner and…well to cut a long story short my evening was ruined by these people.

I have never experienced anything like it! Why do people think it’s acceptable to go to the theatre off their faces then make everyone around them feel uncomfortable? I felt threatened for the rest of the performance and was worried what they were going to do next.

It was worrying that not one member of the Olympia staff was on hand to diffuse the situation and it was perfectly clear that there was an incident taking place. At the end of the show I made a complaint to the manager who offered tickets to another date of the same show, which I accepted, but as you can imagine this experienced has tarnished my opinion of the place.

None of this is a reflection on the show which deserves the glowing reviews it has received. I’m just shocked that people think it’s acceptable to behave like this in a theatre – especially when there were children present.