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Dublin City Council and Dublin City Arts Office supports many cultural and arts events that take place in Dublin City.
The City Arts Office values the development of cultural growth and diversity of experience through its programming. We invite you to see what cultural and arts events are taking place across the city’s cultural institutions.
OPERA IN THE OPEN 2017
La Bohème (Giacomo Puccini)*
In mid 19th century Paris, there are four Bohemians living in an attic; the poet Rodolfo, the painter Marcello, the musician Schaunard, and the philosopher Colline. On Christmas Eve, they go to a bar, apart from Rodolfo. A neighbour, Mimi, knocks and asks him to light her candle. When Rodolfo’s candle goes out too, their hands touch in the dark and they become enamoured. Later, Rodolfo introduces Mimi to his friends and Musetta, the lover of Marcello, arrives. The next year, Mimi visits Musetta and Marcello, telling Musetta that Rodolfo has been cold to her. Then Rodolfo arrives, and Mimi hides. Rodolfo tells Marcello that she has tuberculosis but he can’t afford medicine, before noticing her. They love each other, but decide to live separately. After some time, the four poor Bohemians live happily as usual. Musetta runs in with Mimi, who wants to die at Rodolfo’s side. His friends go out to find money to buy medicine while Rodolfo and Mimi remember their time together. When their friends come back, Mimi takes her last breath.
Cast: Sandra Oman, Richard Shaffrey, Brendan Collins, Simon Morgan, Maria McGrann
Director: Morgan Crowley
Musical Director: Andrew Synnott
*Programme change with effect from 19/07/17
Cox and Box (Arthur Sullivan)
Sergeant Bouncer, a landlord, is letting his flat to two different lodgers, Mr. Cox and Mr. Box, neither of whom knows about the other. Cox, a hatter, works all day; Box, a printer, works all night; so they never come in contact, except that they occasionally pass on the staircase. Cox has noted that he supplies of tea, sugar, coal etc. keep disappearing but Bouncer suggests it was the cat! Box comes home that night, lights his fire, takes out some bread and lies down on the bed for a catnap. Cox re-enters, having gotten a day off from his employer. He is delighted to find a roll on the table, but surprised to find the fire already lit. General mayhem ensues. Each suggests the other should leave but neither will budge. Finally, they realise that it is all Bouncer's fault, and they may as well be friends. They serenade each other on the guitar. They soon discover however that they share more than a flat...........
Cast: David Howes, Fearghal Curtis, Simon Morgan
Musical Director: David Wray
Rita (Gaetano Donizetti)
Rita is the landlady of a pub and treats her poor, timid, THIRD husband Peppe like dirt! All of a sudden, Rita's first husband, Gaspar shows up. Everyone believed he had drowned. In reality, Gaspar had run away to Canada. Believing that Rita has died in a fire, Gaspar has returned to obtain her death certificate so that he can remarry. When the two meet, Gaspar tries to run away. Peppe, however, sees this as an opportunity to free himself from Rita's slaps because Gaspar is her legitimate husband. The two men agree to a game whereby whoever wins has to remain with Rita. Both try to lose, but ultimately Gaspar is the "lucky" winner. Rita refuses to go back to Gaspar however, as he was just as abusive to her as she is now to Peppe! Gaspar, pretending he has lost the hand, induces Peppe to declare his love for Rita and his firm intention to remain as her husband. The crafty Gaspar, having achieved his purpose, heads off on his merry way! Ain't marriage great?......
Cast: Sandra Oman, Richard Shaffrey, Simon Morgan, Eoin Cannon
Director: Eoin Cannon
Musical Director: David Wray
Gianni Schicchi (Giacomo Puccini)
As Buoso Donati lies dead in his curtained four-poster bed, his relatives gather round to mourn his passing, but are really more interested in learning the contents of his will. They find that he has left all his money to a Monastery. Rinuccio, a young nephew, wants to enlist the assistance of Gianni Schicchi, whose daughter Lauretta he hopes to marry. The relatives sneer at Schicchi because of his humble origins. Rinuccio and Lauretta beg Schicchi to help as Rinuccio cannot marry Lauretta unless he inherits some money. Lauretta makes a final plea to him with "O Mio Babbino Caro" and he agrees to look at the will. An idea comes to him. Buoso has now died. Schicchi arranges for the body to be hidden. The doctor arrives and Schicchi conceals himself behind the bed curtains, mimics Buoso's voice and declares that he's feeling better; he asks the doctor to return that evening. Schicchi reveals to the family that he will disguise himself as Buoso and dictate a new will. Everyone's delighted! The notary arrives, and Schicchi starts to dictate the new will, leaving the bulk of the estate to himself!!! Schicchi slyly reminds them of the penalties that discovery of the ruse will bring. There is now no bar to Rinuccio and Lauretta's marriage.
Cast: Ecaterina Tulgara, Brendan Collins, Collette Delahunt, Richard Shaffrey, Sandra Oman, Martha Bredin, Fearghal Curtis, David Howes, John Molloy, Simon Morgan, Tim Shaffrey
Director: Eoin Cannon
Musical Director: David Wray
INTERNATIONAL EARLY CHILDHOOD ARTS COMMISSION
We are delighted to announce the commissioned artists and artworks for the International Early Childhood Arts Commission.
‘I AM BABA’
A new theatre show – especially for babies, (0 to 12 months)
By Anna Newell
Anna is a theatre director who makes theatre adventures for babies. Her work transforms spaces and settings of all shapes and sizes into playful multisensory group experiences. She works with composer David Goodall and shows that they have made together for babies have been seen off-Broadway and in South Africa as well as all over Ireland and the UK. Previously Anna was Artistic Director with Replay Theatre Co, Artistic Director CETL(NI): The Centre for Excellence in the Creative and Performing Arts, Queens, and Associate Director, Dundee Rep.
She introduced theatre for children with PMLD into Ireland, helped start baby theatre in South Africa and created the world’s first BabyDay. Anna was a finalist in the international Ellen Stewart Award for theatre makers whose work has had a major impact on children/young people. She recently received one of the inaugural Tonic Theatre Awards for ‘game-changing women who are transforming theatre and the performing arts’.
‘I AM BABA’ is also supported by Civic Theatre, Tallaght
An interactive musical installation for pre-school children and their care givers
By Helen Barry and Eamon Sweeney
Helen Barry (BA Fine Art) is a visual artist who engages in a collaborative practice with early years children. She has over 30 years experience working with children and adults through the arts and creative play. Helen’s practice uses sculpture and construction to explore how we learn, how we think and how we communicate through the eyes and experiences of children and new communities. Some of Helen’s early years arts initiatives and work include ‘I See You, I Hear You’ (2013), ‘Seilmide’ (2014), ‘Spine’ 2016, Early Childhood Creativity’, You Can Play Too! (1998), ‘DLR Primary Arts’,(2012-2017), ‘Space Invaders’, ‘Virtually There’ Kids’ Own, ’Inter Generation’ DLR and Children & Libraries DCC. Helen is currently working on ‘Caterpillar’ a DLRCC early years commission.
Eamon Sweeney is a highly-experienced early years music specialist. He regularly provides workshops and performances for bodies such as the ARK Children's Cultural Centre, Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Music Generation, and a variety of educational authorities and statutory bodies throughout the country. Eamon teaches and performs extensively in a variety of genres and styles, including giving broadcasts, lectures and seminars in Ireland and abroad has been fortunate to work with many of Ireland’s leading artists, including the late Seamus Heaney.
‘SCULPTUNE’ is also supported by The National Concert Hall