Seven-day schedule: Make the most of Dublin Theatre Festival
Seven shows, seven restaurants, and seven options; here’s a week’s worth of suggestions and great nights out for this year’s festival
‘Taramandal’ by Delhi’s Tadpole Repertory
‘Desire Under the Elms’, a classic of American theatre written by a son of Ireland
French production ‘Germinal’. Photograph: Alain Rico
What better entertainment could you ask for of a Friday evening than athletic Australians throwing each other around a room in a death-defying spectacle that’s as racy as it is acrobatic? Australian cabaret act Circa is bringing its Wunderkammer (reviewed below) of tricks to the Gaiety Theatre this weekend only. It’s a blend of burlesque, light, sound and bewildering skill and stretches the possibilities of the human body. Assemble a posse of mates and have the night of your lives.
Where to eat
Wunderkammer is a big, bustling raucous affair, so get yourself in the mood with Coppinger Row. It’s around the corner from the Gaiety, the room bustles with energy, its Zelda Martini is one of the best cocktails in town, and the food is delicious and different. coppingerrow.com, 01-6729884
How about some (largely) homegrown talent to cap the night off? Contemporary folk/jazz/electronic act This Is How We Fly – featuring Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Seán Mac Erlaine, Petter Berndalen and Nic Gareiss – are launching their debut album in the Button Factory, and John Lambert aka Chequerboard is unveiling his new record at the Little Museum. Take your pick.
Last year, the sleeper hit of the festival was Mystery Magnet, a riot of colour and energy that barely made any sense but was utterly thrilling for theatre veterans and novices alike. This year, Germinal in the Project Arts Centre is looking to steal its creative crown. In this production, four performers draw on diverse backgrounds – such as philosophy, video games, and the films of Jacques Demy – to “conjure a universe in a black box”. This production comes from Antoine Defoort and Halory Goerger from France; prepare to park your inhibitions at the door and let your imagination run riot.
Where to eat
Get into town a bit earlier, and get your creative vibes humming by running around Temple Bar food market for an hour and sampling everything on offer. The vegetarian food from Karuna’s Kitchen is terrific, but be adventurous and gobble down half a dozen fresh oysters with a glass of wine.
Check out the Stranger than Fiction festival in the IFI, just off Meeting House Square. There’s a free Breaking into Documentary event at 11am, a screening of shorts at 2pm, and an Irish premiere of documentary Muscle Shoals, about the Fame recording studios. ifi.ie
A mysterious creature has been spotted across the country, and no one can quite figure out what it is. In Beastie, a show for children aged six to 10, the audience create their own stories and explore their surroundings in the Ark in Temple Bar from October 2nd. And the best bit? No adults are allowed, so you’ll have 90 minutes to yourself.
Where to eat
Head across the Ha’penny Bridge for the brunch menu at the Winding Stair. Fermanagh black pig sticky ribs with pickled cabbage, kohlrabi slaw and chips? Smoked salmon potato waffle? It’s food so good you’ll forget you ever had children. winding-stair.com, 01-8727320