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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 30, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    If you only do one thing this weekend … send in the clowns

    Laurence Mackin

    See and hear: The Abbey Theatre is looking to build on its recent big-name successes with the opening this week of Translations, Brian Friel’s classic about language, blight and the fearsome brigade of the English Royal Engineers. The initial reviews are positive, and you can read Peter Crawley’s verdict on tomorrow’s Arts pages.
    However, for something a little more involved, you could take part in an Abbey voice workshop.

    On Saturday morning, voice director Andrea Ainsworth (who is no stranger to a deliciously smoky accent) will be putting a crew through their vocal paces in the Abbey Theatre. No acting experience is necessary and the package (all of €45) includes the workshop, lunch and a ticket to the matinee performance of Translations. Call 01-8787222 to book.

    Send in the clowns:
    The Clonmel Junction Festival is cracking open the festival bubbly from tomorrow onwards, with a feast for the senses this weekend. Among the highlights are: Bound – no, nothing to so with that film – a play that’s all at sea in a storm of egos; I Am a Man, a clever production by Iris Park that I reviewed in last year’s Fringe Festival; and the latest piece of organised chaos from Barabbas, City of Clowns – I’ve a little bit of insider information on this one, but it would ruin the storyline so I’m saying nothing. Btu expect it to be a little piece of theatrical magic. Click here for more Junction details.

    Your show has no clowns in it? My god, the inhumanity

    Dance: The College of Dance is celebrating a score and one year in the business of training young dancers, and from tonight until Saturday, its current group of would-be Nijinskys are presenting new and revived works. There’s a new ballet, Ruses d’Amour, by Stephen Brennan of Ballet Ireland, a new contemporary dance work by Samantha Lyons, and a grand finale featuring all the students in a reworking of Cats. For more details click here.

    More clowns: Le Cirque Electronic takes place tomorrow night in Dublin’s Grand Social and is promising an off the wall combination of circus, masquerade ball, burlesque, hula-hooping, juggling, fire-eating, electronic swing music-ing and (wait for it) clowns. What could possibly go wrong? Provide your own debauchery. Click here for more details.

    And that is our selection for the weekend. Further suggestions are as ever welcome below.

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