As we move into the Christmas season, the dlr Mill Theatre in Dundrum has various seasonal and special events to keep the whole family entertained.
Ongoing until Jan 20 is Olywn Whelan’s exhibition Enchanting Escape. The work is centred on a collection of fairytales, myths and legends from around Ireland from the acclaimed Dublin based book illustrator. Prints are available to purchase.
In terms of local arts, from November 29 to December 1, Kilmacud Musical Society present original story The Greatest Musical. Featuring numbers from a variety of well-known musicals, each is woven together through this new show. Admission is €18.
For some festive tunes, visit the Mill Theatre December 2 to catch live show The Magic of Christmas. From The Drawing Room Opera comes this odyssey through opera and seasonal classics courtesy of four singers and piano accompaniment. Tickets are from €20.
Mamma Mia fans should catch Abba Forever, a sing-a-long extravaganza celebrating the legendary band. It takes place December 7, with tickets from €21. Meanwhile, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a panto. Thus, Mill Theatre are running Beauty and the Beast from December 7 to January 6, coming hot on the heels of their last year smash hit production of Aladdin.
On December 8-9, join Doone of the Drumes, whereby the Mill Theatre’s over 65’s Creative Theatre Group will guide you through Dundrum village meeting historical characters researched, created and performed by the collective along the way. Meeting at the theatre, attendees are guided down Dundrum Main Street as far as the Luas bridge, stopping at six stops each with a performance. The show is 90 minutes long, with admission being €10.
For a laugh, meet self-proclaimed Dirt Birds Sinead Culbert and Sue Collins on December 12 or 14 in their new show Dirt Birds – Self Help Tour, a blend of sketch comedy and stand up. Having earned rave reviews, tickets to see the duo cost from €18. Former Republic of Telly host Neil Delamere will also play the venue January 11, with tickets costing from €22.
December 13 is The Bee Gees Story – Nights on Broadway, celebrating the legendary band through tribute act The Irish Bee Gees. Entry is from €18. Meanwhile, on December 15 is the event Christmas Crooners, a romantic festival special jam packed with seasonal favorites from Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Ol’ Blue Eyes himself – Frank Sinatra. Featuring a cast of West-End singers and swing band The Jazz All Stars, tickets are from €20.
The Route 66 Big Band return with a Christmas themed show on December 21. Taking audiences on a magical music trip from the Big Band music of the 40’s right up to date with numbers made famous by Glen Miller, Sinatra, Tom Jones, Adele, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse and Joe Dolan, there is something to please everyone.
Organisers say these numbers, played with a fabulous big band sound, have received standing ovations at every show, stating that a magnificent night’s entertainment is guaranteed. Tickets cost from €20 though visit Travel Ireland’s Facebook page here for details on how to win a free pair of tickets.
New Dublin Voices on December 22 return to the Mill Theatre to spread Christmas cheer through carol singing and story telling. Student tickets cost €12, while adult entry is €20. While post-Christmas, Mary Coughlan will be bringing her acclaimed jazz and blues to the venue January 12, with tickets costing from €20.
Meanwhile, see J.M Synge’s classic play The Playboy of the Western World from January 15-19. In it a small Mayo community is thrown into turbulence with the arrival of Christy Mahon, a mysterious stranger claiming to have killed his father – fascinating the local women. Entry is from €16.
For more details visit the theatre’s website here.