Marjorie Brennan shares the latest news from the world of entertainment
GIG WISE: Just in case you were on holidays in a remote cave somewhere, for the last week, and didn’t get a chance to nab a ticket for Ed Sheeran’s Irish concerts next year, an extra date has been added for Cork and Dublin. Tickets are on sale tomorrow at 9am. While attempts by Sheeran and the concert promoters to circumvent ticket-touting are laudable in theory, it remains to be seen how they will work in practice. Tickets appeared on resale sites within minutes of going on sale last weekend. Four seated tickets will have set fans back the not insignificant sum of €364, which doesn’t include an extra €27.40 for the ever-contentious ‘service’ charges. Maybe, if you bump into Ed, he’ll go some way to reimbursing you, as did another all-round Mr Nice Guy, Chris Martin, for one fan he met in Dublin last weekend, after Coldplay’s rapturously received Croke Park gig. Martin was in the International Bar when he met Jamie Harrington, who told him he had paid €200 for his ticket to the show. Martin donated €50, and stood in for a selfie as well.
THEATRICAL TREATS: The Cork Opera House musical has become a summer staple and this year’s offering, the evergreen Annie: The Musical, is highly popular, with the first two weekends of matinees sold out. It opens next Thursday and runs until August 20. See corkoperahouse.ie.
Every Brilliant Thing, a play that promises an uplifting look at depression, has been a hit with audiences around the world, and arrives at the Everyman, in Cork, next Wednesday and Thursday, with two showings at 6pm and 9pm. Capacity is limited, as seating is on the Everyman stage and running time is 60 minutes, with no interval.
VISUAL ART: Showing at the Crawford Art Gallery, in Cork, from today, is Not to Be Known, by Cork-born visual artist, Aideen Barry. The stop-motion film is an intriguing meditation on women, the monotony of home-making, and finding a life outside the domestic space. Showing until November 4. Also at the Crawford, free summer tours kick off tomorrow, with guides providing an insight into the gallery’s treasures, every Saturday at 2pm until August 26. All welcome, and no booking required.
FILM TIPS: Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled features a great female cast, including Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst, while Colin Farrell steps into the role so memorably played by Clint Eastwood in the original. Another Irish actor, Cillian Murphy, takes on the lead role in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, in cinemas next week.
My Cousin Rachel, based on the haunting Daphne du Maurier novel and starring Rachel Weisz in the title role, shows at the Triskel from Wednesday. Also showing is From the Land of the Moon, starring
Meanwhile, The Circle, the much-anticipated screen adaptation of Dave Egger’s acclaimed book, has landed on Netflix. The movie bombed at the US box office and didn’t get a mainstream release on this side of the Atlantic. Fans of the book might like to have a look at what went wrong; fears Emma Watson was miscast in the central role appear to have been confirmed.
TRAD FEST: Cork will be alive to the sound of traditional music, as Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan is hosted by Douglas Comhaltas from July 18 to 23. There will be concerts, céilithe, workshops, and sessions across the city.
ALL AND SUNDRY: Waterford’s first spoken-word festival and arts showcase, #Modwordsfest, takes place in the city this weekend. Events include open mics, short plays, and a book swap. For more, see waterfordarts.com.
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