What’s On this April 2016 in Dublin

Things to do this April 2016 in Dublin

April 2016: If you are ever stuck for things to do in Dublin (a hard task I know), type ‘Dublin’ into the search bar here on The Life of Stuff and click enter. It will list all the things I’ve experienced in Dublin and ‘What’s On’ posts like this one. Obviously the world doesn’t revolve around Dublin and there are lots of things happening elsewhere in Ireland, but as our capital city, a dear old love of mine and a place that caters for my many interests, lets just call them eclectic … I feel a monthly post to tell you my top picks of things to do is very much justified.

So without further ado, there’s much to do here’s my top picks for What’s On this April 2016 in Dublin …

What’s On this April 2016 in Dublin


Location: Various Locations in Dublin City

Date: Wednesday 6th April – Sunday 17th April 2016

Tickets: from FREE

Visit: musictown.ie and facebook.com/MusicTownDublin

“Dublin celebrates its rich melodic heritage and modern-day musical maestros as MusicTown returns for its second year this April 6th to 17th. Organised by Dublin City Council, the festival showcases the vast musical talent and vibrant musical culture that permeates throughout our Capital City. MusicTown’s eclectic programme has something for all ages and interests, celebrating all types of music created and enjoyed throughout the city today; from classical to pop, trad to rock, psychedelic to opera, electronic and everything in between. Some events are free and some have a nominal charge.”

Highlights include: Banter at the Wintergarden in The National Gallery of Ireland with Neneh Cherry | a public interview with Jim Carroll followed by a DJ set at Wigwam | Mary Coughlan performances at The Lab on Foley Street | Nialler9 with David Kitt, I Have Tribe and AE Mak in the Dublin Food Co-op in Newmarket Square | Crash Ensemble with special guests Iarla O’Lionaird, Adrian Crowley and Linda Buckley at the National Concert Hall Engineering Library | Messiah in the Street in The Great Music Hall on Fishamble Street | WorldService Project, Pixel and Mixtapes from the Underground at Meeting House Square | Opera Theatre Company at St. Patrick’s Cathedral | Lynched, Ye Vagabonds, Skippers Alley and Landless at the Button Factory | Thomas Johnston and Seán McElwain of The Far Field at the IMMA | Bitch Falcon, Bunoscionn, Wounded Healer at Whelans.

What’s On this April 2016 in Dublin

​The National College of Art and Design Gallery presents

Blueprint For A Storm

Location: NCAD Gallery, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 2

Date: opening 6pm – 8pm, Wednesday 6th April 2016
Exhibition continues Thursday 7th – Friday 29th April 2016
Exhibition opening hours 1 – 5pm, Monday – Friday

Tickets: Admission FREE

Visit: ncad.ie

“The NCAD Gallery is pleased to present, Blueprint For A Storm a solo exhibition of works by Russell Mills. Painter, designer, musician, stage designer and creator of complex multimedia installations.

Mills is perhaps best known for his distinctly personal and richly textured album covers for Brian Eno, Nine Inch Nails, David Sylvian, Michael Nyman and Peter Gabriel, among many others, and influential book covers for the likes of Samuel Beckett, Milan Kundera, Ian McEwan and Jayne Anne Phillips. He has also produced work for Amnesty International, the British Council, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Friends of the Earth and Oporto Expo 2000.

Inspired and informed by ideas of contingency, indeterminacy, control and surrender, his interdisciplinary approach has led him to create films, stage visuals and lighting for some of the most innovative contemporary performers of recent decades, including Harold Budd, Siobhan Davies, Sidsel Endressen, Brian Eno, Jan Garbarek, Jon Hassell, the Hilliard Ensemble, The Necks, Nils Petter Molvaer, Arvo Part, Terry Riley, John Surman, David Sylvian and Wire. He has also produced generative lighting and film for the Festival of Visual Music in Lanzarote, the Brighton Festival and the Punkt Festival in Norway.

In addition to his visual works he has also produced sound-works for film, radio and performance, and under the name Undark has released two critically acclaimed albums ‘Strange Familiar’ and ‘Pearl and Umbra’ that explore the collage principle: a third album is a work-in-process. Live work has included performances with Wire, Dome, Nils Petter Molvaer and Bill Laswell.

The exhibition Blueprint For A Storm at the NCAD Gallery brings together a selection of Mills work including: a compilation of multimedia installations and interventions, extracts from selected film works and stage visuals and lighting, his painting, music compositions and design.”

What’s On this April 2016 in Dublin

Underdog Theatre Productions present Aisling’s Seven

(The Central Bank Heist)

Location: Theatre Upstairs, Eden Quay, Dublin 1

Date: Previews 8th April 2016 – 23rd April 2016

Matinees: Wednesday & Saturday at 1:00pm
Evening shows: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:00pm

Tickets: €12/€10 concession

Visit: theatreupstairs.ie

“A fast paced comedy about a couple with a dream (and too many crime caper films)”

Starring Susan Barrett, Stephen Gorman and Sinead O’Brien. Written and Directed by Cian Ó Ceallacháin.

“After a warm reception as part of Smock Allies ‘Scene & Heard’ Festival, Aisling’s Seven returns in full form to Theatre Upstairs.

Ash and Dan, have a plan. They’re plotting a daring heist on Dublin’s own Central Bank. Armed with nothing but their wits and Crime Caper Film obsession, they hole themselves up at their base of operations (their flat in Ranelagh) to prepare every detail. (They’ve got their nicknames down and have at least one friend with a getaway car.)

We’ve all seen the movies, will they make it to freedom with the cash in hand or will they go out like a bargain basement Bonny and Clyde?

They have the best laid plans. What could possibly go wrong?”

What’s On this April 2016 in Dublin

Gordon Osràm’s Funeral by Accidental Theatre

Location: The Complex Dublin, 15 Little Green Street, Dublin 7

Date: Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th April 2016 at 7:30pm (bar opens 7pm)

Tickets: from €10

Visit: tickets.ie and facebook.com/events

“We are delighted to present GORDON OSRÀM’S FUNERAL: A daring, immersive play developed by Accidental Theatre from an original script by Dave Kinghan.

Audiences will find themselves in a performance retrospective tracing the path of Osràm’s life and work, featuring videos, photographs, interventions and interactive exhibits. As the night unfolds, Osràm’s darker motives build intrigue to a fever pitch, and a personal question faces everyone present: What memory of ourselves do we wish to leave behind?

Gordon Osràm was an internationally renowned performance artist whose career spanned more than three decades. Spending the last years out of the spotlight, the reclusive Osràm has now crafted his own ‘funeral’ – an exhibition celebrating his career and resulting in an original performance piece, one last great work of art.

Join us to raise a toast to the artist. Leave your own mark and confront your inner motives whilst exploring the sights, sounds and events of Osràm’s final hurrah. (Mourning dress optional.)”

What’s On this April 2016 in Dublin

Record Store Day at Tower Records

Location: Tower Records, Dawson St, Dublin 2

Date: Saturday 16th April 2016 – Store opens 8am | Live music from 12pm – 6pm

Tickets: N/A

Visit: facebook.com/TowerRecordsDublin

“TXFM will be with us from 7:00 until 11:00, playing tunes from our store window, chatting all things vinyl. We’ll be flinging open our doors at 8:00 SHARP and anyone who purchases a RSD title in our store will also be put in with a chance to win an awesome REGA RP1 turntable …

We’ve live performances in-store, kicking off from 12:00 ‘til 18:00. Performing live for your aural pleasure will be September Girls … Punk/grunge trio Fangclub have been getting a lot of attention lately, and we’re looking forward to seeing them live at ours! Edgy soulful and trashy blues purveyor Wolff (AKA Johnny Stewart) will also be hitting the stage on RSD. We’ll be welcoming Black Bank Folk, a collection of some of the finest players in Ireland, who have recently released their album Rising to mega critical acclaim and selling out shows across the country. 5-piece alt-folk-pop The Young Folk will be making your hearts melt with their sweet harmonies, and they’ll be making ya swoon with some new songs off their album (out 15 April, too!) If wonderfully weird is your bag then you will not want to miss the seriously slick and very deadly Bantum – who’ll be road testing some never-heard-before tunes.”

There will be donuts from Aungier Danger, coffee from Clement & Pekoe and wristbands handed out in-store on the day that entitles you to a complimentary Record Store Day cocktail at the After-Party at the Dean Dublin from 4pm – 10pm.

What’s On this April 2016 in Dublin

SUNDER On Moore St

Location: Tower Records, Dawson St, Dublin 2

Date: Monday 18th April 2016 – Saturday 7th May 2016

Tickets: €18 / €15 with group concessions available

Visit: dublintheatrefestival.com

“SUNDER is the first in a triptych of work as part of ANU’s 2016 programme of events. Renowned for exploring historical events, ANU’s triptych will continue to challenge theatrical conventions by blurring the lines between interactive theatre and site specific. Placing the audience at the very centre of the experience, the experience is made all the more immersive by taking place outside the controlled environments of conventional theatre spaces.

Produced by ANU Productions, The National Museum of Ireland and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in association with the National Archives and Dublin Theatre Festival with the support of Dublin City Council. SUNDER will take place on Moore Street, please note the meeting point is at the Central Library in the Ilac Centre.

Moore Street is a street with a mainline to the heart of Dublin. On the evening of Friday 28th April 1916, 250 retreating rebels from the collapsing GPO, take shelter inside number 10 Moore Street. Inside the crumbling and burning houses, they tunnel through the walls throughout the night, their stories colliding with civilian ones. 

Using eye-witness testimonies, SUNDER will propel audiences though the final hours of the rising like never before. Oscillating between past and present, now and then, SUNDER pulls apart time and space to reveal the human cost of the rebellion from inside its own vivid countdown.”


What’s On this April 2016 in Dublin

Image by: Patricia Walsh Teacher at St. Colmcille’s Community School, Knocklyon

South Dublin 1916-2116

Location: RUA RED Galleries

Date: Monday 25th April – Saturday 14th May 2016

Tickets: N/A

Visit: ruared.ie

“RUA RED South Dublin Arts Centre presents: THEN AND IN TIME TO BE, South Dublin 1916-2116. An exhibition of story and print inspired by 1916 and the future, created by over 150 South Dublin people.

THEN AND IN TIME TO BE is an exciting exhibition featuring work produced over several months as a result of RUA RED working with a mixture of South Dublin schools, libraries and community groups. Participants were encouraged to imagine what South Dublin in the past and the future did or will look like and produce images and stories inspired by this. Over 150 participants took part from the ages of 7 – 90 and their work can be seen displayed as part of the large scale exhibition in RUA RED’s galleries throughout April and May.

During the months January to March, writer Alan Nolan and artist Elaine Leader ran workshops with participants from Divine Mercy JNS, Lucan; St Colmcille’s SNS, Knocklyon; Solas Chríost National School, Belgard; Tallaght Hospital; Ballyroan Library, Rathfarnham; Lucan Library; Áras Chrónáin Irish Cultural Centre; Coláiste Chilliain, Clondalkin; St Colmcille’s Community School, Knocklyon; DoubleTAKE Studios, Tallaght Community Arts and Killinarden Community School,Tallaght.

This exhibition showcases the imaginative stories and illustrations of South Dublin’s past and future by school children and members of the public. The resulting stories and images of this exhibition reflect upon South Dublin in 1916 and what we imagine our county will be like in 2116.

THEN AND IN TIME TO BE was supported by the 1916 Commemorations fund and South Dublin County Council.

Glass Doll Productions presents

Location: Project Arts Centre

Date: Friday 29th April 2016 – Saturday 14th May 2016 at 8.15pm

Tickets: €16 / €14

Visit: projectartscentre.ie and facebook.com/events

“Society is in freefall. Violence is epidemic. Gangs roam the streets. And Lucy Hill is missing.

Glass Doll Productions are back!

Glass Doll Productions returns with Peter Dunne’s new play Inhabitance, another thriller after the hit show BROADENING which launched at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2012 and was remounted in Project Arts Centre in 2013 to sell out shows and glowing reviews. Glass Doll reunite the team who brought you BROADENING, including Ronan Phelan, a Resident Assistant Director with the Abbey Theatre and an Associate Director with Rough Magic and the award-winning set and lighting designer Zia Holly. The cast includes Charlie Bonner who recently finished touring with The Kings of the Kilburn High Road, Fíonna Hewitt Twamley (Currently in Juno and the Paycock at Gate theatre), Michelle McMahon who played a lead role in our previous production BROADENING and Amilia Stewart (currently starring in Fair City).

Inhabitance challenges the idea of selflessness. Is there such a thing as altruism? How far would you go to help someone else?

Lucy Hill is missing. Her mother Priscilla has done everything to find her. Police have been called. Streets scoured and appeals launched. But Lucy is fading from memory, fast. If the public could only connect with Lucy, understand her, listen to her story, maybe they could help to find her. If only there was a way to make people care.

Inhabitance. Welcome to the future of mass entertainment.

With a reputation to excite, Glass Doll Productions return to Irish stages has been eagerly awaited. Inhabitance promises to be an unrelenting foreboding night at the theatre, from start to finish.

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