It’s no secret that I am a huge drama fan. I like to quote Enda Walsh and Martin McDonagh on a regular basis which can get me into a lot of trouble. In a previous life, I treaded the boards and played such seminal roles as Loby, the twin eunuch in the German expressionist play The Visit, Victor, the middle-aged Jewish New Yorker in Woody Allen’s Death and Roma, the German prostitute abused by her Nazi drag queen,musical-loving father and homosexual pimp boyfriend in Garbage, the City and Death. With that diversity, it’s a wonder I ever changed careers. I like to keep on top of the cultural events in Ireland and London and my article The Hot Ten in Irish Tatler magazine allows me to do just that. Here’s my top tips for enjoying the best of what Dublin has to offer this weekend.

  1. After Miss Julie at the Project Arts Centre

Cool things to do in Dublin this weekend

In case you missed the recent film adaptation of Miss Julie with steaming hot scenes between Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain (hint: she makes him kiss her boot – her actual boot), this play is a re-imagining of the same story in more modern times. One of the sexiest plays I have ever seen, After Miss Julie is about the raw, sexual energy between two extremely fiery and passionate people and the abuses of power that occur as a result. Expect tempestuous domestics, smoking hot sex scenes and witty dialogue that moves quicker than Colin Farrell on speed. The script by Patrick Marber, writer of Closer (remember that four-hander with Clive Owen, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Julia Roberts) is sheer theatrical perfection. From Prime Cut Productions, this promises to be a slick production if their previous work is anything to go by and for €20, this is 90 minutes of pure drama.

2. Oh Wonder at Whelan’s

Cool cultural things to do in Dublin this weekend

Whelan’s is notorious for showing major artists before they hit the world stage with a major bang. I had the absolute privilege of seeing M83 there in 2008 before they hit the big time. Oh Wonder isn’t one of those acts. with 7 million Youtube hits and counting on their hit single Without You, this London-based duo star is steadily on the rise. Nialler9, the ultimate Irish authority on what’s hot in music, describes them as ‘the best new band around.’ Think slow, mellow tunes with a major groove – I challenge you to listen to this twosome without wanting to shake your hips like Shakira. Perfect Sunday gig material. This Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

3. Les Levine at Irish Museum of Modern Art

cool things to do in Dublin this weekend

IMMA is one of my favourite places to visit in Ireland. The architecture is so beautifully executed, the courtyard is an amazing place for blog photography and the garden is like a secret maze where one can imagine falling down the rabbit hole into a world of imagination. The exhibitions are always at the forefront of what’s now and since photography is one of my favourite artistic mediums, the new Les Levine exhibition at IMMA, Using the Camera as a Club – Media Projects and Archive is high on my hot-list. The Irish/Canadian artist (wonder does he know Emma Donoghue?) was one of the first artists to use videotapes as an artistic medium (hello, game-changer!) and has used his photographs to highlight unrest and discord in society such as his own background growing up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. His new exhibition at IMMA presents a group of cibachrome photographs of key media billboard campaigns from the 80s and ‘90s, in New York, Los Angeles, London, Stuggart, Dortmund, Dublin and Aalst, Belgium. Runs from now until 2 May.

4. Father Ted Special at the Laughter Lounge

Coolest things to do in Dublin this weekend

Let’s face it, we wear Father Ted like a badge of pride here in Ireland. One of the funniest TV shows of all time, the possibilities for quotes are endless. From spider babies in prams to freak pointing and cat spinning at the carnival to children getting lodged in a tunnel of goats to Bishop Brennan getting kicked up the arse, the stolen whistle and so much more, it’s safe to that Father Ted will go down in the annals of our cultural history. You can’t have missed Father Damo – definitely one of the sexiest and coolest priests on Craggy Island, Joe Rooney of Father Damo fame will team up with Patrick McDonnell (Eoin McLove, Naked Camera) this weekend at the Laughter Lounge for a Father Ted special you won’t want to miss.

5. Anomalisa at the Lighthouse Cinema

Cool things to do in Dublin this weekend

If you’re into film, there’s no-one more meta than screen writer Charlie Kaufman of Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York fame. It’s no mean feat to be the author of five of my favourite films of all time (Being John Malkovich and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind are the other two) and now he has turned his hand to a stop motion animation Anomalisa. Not the usual topic for an animated film, this follows a successful motivational speaker, Michael Stone (David Thewlis) who, fed up of the mediocrity of his life contemplates drastic measure until he meets someone who completely changes his whole perspective in the shape of small town sales rep, Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Four showings tonight and tomorrow at the Lighthouse Cinema.


One Comment Add yours

  1. sarahdcarroll says:

    Always a great read MC, and some top notch weekend suggestions too. x


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