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Is Dublin A MusicTown?

With MusicTown, the latest addition to Dublin’s busy festival calendar, just around the corner, now is the time to ask ourselves the question:

What does it mean to be a 'Music Town? And 'What can it be, going forward?

These questions will be put to leading musicians, cultural and community groups and media representatives to get perspectives from across the spectrum at a special debate hosted by Jim Carroll on Friday 17th April in Smock Alley Theatre.

MusicFutures is a chance to explore the possibilities for music in an urban environment, utilising city spaces effectively as well...

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Is Dublin A MusicTown?

Where Is The Real Samuel Beckett?

Will the real Samuel Beckett please stand up?

Taking on an icon of Irish theatre and making him appealing to new audiences is no small task. A new play by Brian McAvera, which opens at Smock Alley Theatre in April, attempts to do just that. Bring together two of Ireland’s most recognisable actors, Bryan Murray and Michael Bates,  and add in a generous dash of comedy, a vampire and a ventriloquist’s dummy and you have all the ingredients for a great night of theatre!

Award-winning Irish writer, Brian McAvera, was drawn to Beckett because of the humour and the music hall quality to...

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Where Is The Real Samuel Beckett?

Bananas, Guns, Smokes & Ironing Board Blues

You don’t have to be highbrow to enjoy opera, a fact that Wide Open Opera will ably demonstrate with their series of pop up operas on the streets of the city, as part of MusicTown this April

Things We Throw Away is  five short operas with music written by Brian Irvine and text by John McIlduff have been inspired by life on the streets of Dublin and will depict vignettes ranging from a woman who sells bananas on the street to a group of workers out on one of their daily smoke breaks. Everyday stories told through the dramatic medium of opera. Live singing with a pre-recorded soundtrack by...

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Bananas, Guns, Smokes & Ironing Board Blues