Wishing theatre goers a happy new decade, the dlr Mill Theatre in Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16 has a whopping January programme. Have a gander below at the venue’s highlights this month.
Eye to Ear – A Visual Homage to Music by Jimmy Burns
Runs until Jan 31
This is Jimmy Burns’s 10th solo exhibition and his fourth music-themed exhibition of paintings in which musical instruments take on another life, often humorous and always engaging. Burns’ work is in the surrealist tradition, closer in style to Magritte than to Dali. Subject matter and technique are important to him. Surrealism allows the artist the space to elucidate while simultaneously distorting his subject matter – in this case, the world of music. The works are painted mostly in oils but where he wants a specific finish, Burns uses acrylics.
The artist studied his craft in Croydon and Leeds in the UK, and later at NCAD. He lives and teaches art practice locally. Eye to Ear is Burns’ visual homage to music and promises to be a visual treat for lovers of all genres. These images will make you think about the profound connection that has always existed between art and music and, indeed, how that will develop in this digital age.
SHARON SHANNON WITH ALAN CONNOR
Fri, Jan 17, 8pm, €25
In June 1989, Shannon was rehearsing and demoing tracks for her first album, when she was whisked away to Glastonbury festival with The Waterboys. In the 30 years that have elapsed since then, the musician has recorded 10 studio albums; 5 live records, four best of compilations and three live Concert DVDs. She has received many awards including being the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2009
THE BEE GEES STORY – NIGHTS ON BROADWAY
Sat, Jan 18, 8pm, €20/€18
Nights On Broadway presents a tribute to the Bee Gees through their catalogue of hits from the 60s to the 90s. This is a totally live concert experience which prides itself on musical, in particular, vocal authenticity. Meanwhile the accompanying costume changes complement the show to give audiences a truly original feeling. Whether it’s the golden era of the 60s, the dance floor hits of the 70s, the comeback hits of the 80s and 90s or the string of hits they wrote for other artists, this show has something to entertain everyone from the novice to the most discerning fan.
SCHOOLS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2020
Jan 22 – 24, 7pm, €8
The 2nd Annual Schools Shakespeare Festival at dlr Mill Theatre, taking place over five evenings in the venue’s main auditorium, school groups will perform an excerpt from their chosen Shakespeare texts. All performances are 30 minutes long and adjudicator Geoff O’Keeffe will present feedback each night.
THE THREE TENORS – IN CONCERT
Sat, Jan 25, 8pm, €30
Creating a storm around the country, The Three Tenors Ireland have been the only Irish trio act to perform annually for the past five years in such prestigious venues as the National Concert Hall Dublin (with noted fan President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins attending), Cork Opera House, Dublin Castle and the Belfast Lyric Theatre. Ireland’s favourite trio, Kevin, Kenneth and Paul always provide the feel-good factor and promise a fabulous night to remember. Their Mill Theatre show will feature an exciting Celtic style program with a twist.
STAND UP COMEDY
NEIL DELAMERE – END OF WATCH (pictured)
Weds, January 29, 8pm, €24/€22
Fresh from a sell-out tour, comedian and star of BBC’s The Blame Game, Fighting Talk and The News Quiz, Neil Delamere returns to The Mill Theatre with a brand new show. Time waits for no man, especially one trying to buy a watch.
A VIENNESE STRAUSS GALA
Thurs, January 30, 8pm, €24/€22
This hugely popular production recreates the romance of the Viennese Festive season, reminding you of a bygone age of glamorous soirees and Strauss waltzes. It is cleverly staged and choreographed, authentically costumed, and will appeal to the romantic as much as the music aficionado.
For more information about all these shows, visit www.milltheatre.ie/.