Arts online: gigs, plays and streaming fun

Arts Editor Des O’Driscoll selects another batch of virtual events to keep you entertained during lockdown.
Arts online: gigs, plays and streaming fun
Cork musician Lyra, appearing live on Instagram for Childline.

Arts Editor Des O’Driscoll selects another batch of virtual events to keep you entertained during lockdown.


You may have seen Olaf Falafel on social media as the bearded comedian whose popular clips include turning himself into a Jurgen Klopp lookalike by using a train ticket and a few other simple props.

He has also just launched an Art Club, with other zany and creative activities. Check out his social media, or the YouTube video below.


Many Leaving Cert students are studying The Playboy of the Western World, and Druid theatre company has stepped up to lighten their load. The Galway company’s production of JM Synge’s play is currently available online for free.


Another Irish play available for viewing soon is 1916 drama Inside the GPO, a production from Fishamble which was writtten as part of the centenary commemorations for the Easter Rising.

Filmed as it was performed inside the GPO itself, it can be viewed from next Sunday evening at 7pm, until Monday at 10pm. The Dublin-based company have other online projects under way, including a Tiny Plays Challenge, inviting members of the public to write their own 600-word play.

Check it out here.


From the UK, the National Theatre at Home continues to stream some of its shows from recent years via YouTube.

You can see James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors until Thursday afternoon, and that will be followed by a production of Jane Eyre from 7pm on Thursday. More info here.


Hozier’s memorable performance on the Late Late Show recently kicked off an appeal campaign for Childline and the ISPCC, and the related gigs from artists’ homes continue through this week.

Each performance can be watched through the particular artist’s Instagram account, with RTÉ 2fm also broadcasting 30 minutes of the gig. Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7pm features Cork singer Lyra (@thisislyra); while Thursday at the same time features Niall Horan (@niallhoran). Punters who listen or watch are asked to make a donation to the charity.


There probably aren’t too many Irish bands who can boast of a ‘Live in Rome’ album, but Cork rockers Serengeti Long Walk have just added such a creation to their catalogue.

Recorded at the Lian Club during their gig in the Italian capital last year, the album is now available on iTunes and Spotify. More info here.


Twitch is a live video streaming service that has primarily been associated with video gaming, but it has also provided a handy outlet for DJs locked up in their homes with nothing for company but their families and extensive record collections.

Stevie G in Cork was one of the first out of the blocks with his excellent dance parties for kids, and today he’s hosting a disco fancy dress event at 4pm for all ages. A fine excuse to get out of the pyjamas!

Another Leesider providing quality Twitch action is Jim Comet, with his selections being interspersed with chat that dips into his encyclopedic musical knowledge. Educational and fun. Mr Comet’s next events are Wednesday and Friday at 8pm.


DeBarra’s in West Cork is one of the venues livestreaming gigs through its Facebook page at 9.30pm each night.

This week’s ‘Room to Sitting Room Sessions’ include Lauren Guillery tomorrow night, Eadaoin Costly on Wednesday night, and Míde Houlihan on Thursday.

Similarly, John Blek is to perform live on Thursday via the Facebook page of Coughlan’s Live. Meanwhile, ‘Mini Gigs at Mick’s’ – hosted by Mick Flannery features Canadian singer Jenn Grant tomorrow night, and Niall Connolly on Wednesday.


The doors of Crawford Art Gallery in Cork may be closed but the venue is still making its collection and temporary exhibitions available through its website.

A current project that works very well in current circumstances is Artists’ Film International that the gallery is part of. Due to be shown the Crawford around now, we are instead getting weekly links to individual art films and animations involved.

For instance, a six-minute film by South African artist LeLerato Shadi is available until tomorrow, at the Crawford's website.

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