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What is Bloomsday? Bloomsday celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning. Celebrations often include dressing up like characters from the book and in clothes that would have been the style of the era. One of the hallmark fancy dress items of Bloomsday is the straw boater hat. Celebrations come in many different forms like readings, performances and visiting the places and establishments referenced in the book. Joyce started writing Ulysses in March 1914, but put it aside again to finish his play Exiles. On 16 June 1915 he wrote to his brother Stanislaus to say he had finished the first episode of Ulysses. After Ulysses was published in 1922, Joyce’s friends began to mark 16 June as Bloomsday. In 1924, Joyce was in hospital, his eyes bandaged having had one of many operations on them. Friends sent him a bunch of white and blue flowers (white […]

The Snapper offers a wickedly funny account of the ups and downs of family life and pregnancy in Northside Dublin of the late 1980s. It is salty and sweet and the Gate Theatre sits right next door to the Rotunda Hospital where Sharon’s baby ‘the snapper’ is born. Roddy Doyle’s second installment of the celebrated Barrytown Trilogy is a story that remains fresh, vivid, astute and relevant for today.

Brutal, shambolic, savage and unpredictable….no-holds-barred comedian who displays scant respect for any personal, moral, or social boundaries. He is a raging, vitriolic, viciously brilliant critic of the stupidity of our social and political systems and the moronic saps who sustain it…and he’s the funniest comic you will ever see. “Ask anyone whose opinion matters, and they’ll tell you that Doug Stanhope is one of the top ten stand-ups in the world today” Chortle If there’s a comedian out there who is as notably quotable and as vital as Stanhope I haven’t heard him or her yet. The Independent (5 Stars)

Miss Ali Stage School presents ALI IN WONDERLAND at The Olympia Theatre Dublin, on Sunday 17th June.

A Drama Documentary written by Colin Murphy, based on the book of the same name by Charlie Bird and directed by Gerard Stembridge. With all profits from the show going to Pieta House.

Nannie’s Night Out, Seán O’Casey’s 1924 play for the Abbey Theatre had multiple endings – “the ending I wanted, the ending they wanted and the compromise.” Reframed as a searing call to action, ANU invite audiences to jump start this thrilling project and tumble through the private recesses of the theatre to ‘experience’ the play which explores motherhood and addiction. Utilising O’Casey’s necessity for the multiple endings in the original Nannie’s Night Out, we invite audiences to engage with the contemporary changing landscape of Dublin city as we begin to unearth a whole new set of future endings!

Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, Star Gazing Live, Robotwars and Go8Bit. Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today in this brand new show for 2018. “His set is a masterclass in intelligent, no-frills stand-up” – The Guardian “If you want a comic who can hold an audience in the palm of his hand for two hours, here’s your man” – The Times “Sharp wit from a superfit mind” – Evening Standard “These are classy routines, that assume the audience’s intelligence and condescend to no one” – The Guardian

A new musical about a girl from Kerry and a boy from Dublin who fall in love despite the language barrier!

Michael hasn’t been home in almost twenty years. Having been kicked out of the seminary and exiled from his family home, he found himself in London, by accident rather than design. But now, the death of his mother sees him back in the small town where he grew up. The place that chewed him up and spat him out. Reunited with his two brothers, their partners and the local clergy, there are questions that want answering and old scores that need laying to rest. Where do you find home, when your family and faith have abandoned you? An Irish funeral brings out the best and worst in people, and a long night of truths lies ahead.

This will be the WOODSTOCK of live speaking & debate. Harris has mentioned that he strongly disagrees with many philosophical positions that Peterson holds and believes that some of those positions are dangerous. British author and political commentator Douglas Murray will be tasked with refereeing this heavyweight bought, whilst providing his own insight into the contentious issues that will arise. There will be 1.5 hours of discussion and 1 hour of audience Q&A. Premium ticket holders will have access to the book signing that will occur after the event.

A FREE music, comedy & spoken word festival taking place in venues along the banks of the River Liffey. The Festival was set up in order to provide the city centre with an equivalent to the summer festivals taking place in less urban location during the summer. The Dublin Quays Festival also intends to curate ‘afternoons of spoken word, cultural talks, literary events, pop up performances and club nights.’

Jimmy’s Hall tells the true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman deported from his own country. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close. A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns from the US. The hall stands abandoned but as Jimmy sees the poverty and growing oppression in the village, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He decides to reopen the hall, and so takes on the established authorities of the church and the government.