Here’s some great things to do around the country this weekend.
1. Dream a little dream
If one of your resolutions this year is embrace our cultural heritage, you could start with an exhibition at the Crawford Gallery which is exploring the theme of dreams and the unconscious, focusing on the influence of Surrealism on Irish and British art, mainly in the mid-20th century. The exhibition will touch on the earlier influences of symbolism, and in particular on Jungian and Freudian analysis.
Early paintings by Brian Boydell and Thurloe Conolly will be a highlight of the exhibition. The Crawford Art Gallery’s permanent collection comprises of more than 2,500 works, ranging from 18th century Irish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations.
At the heart of the collection is a collection of Greek and Roman sculpture casts, brought to Cork in 1818 from the Vatican Museum in Rome. Admission is free all year round.
2. Giving back
Gowran Park Racecourse will donate €5 from all full-priced admissions at their most highly-attended race meeting of the year this Thursday, Goffs Thyestes Chase Day, to Irish Injured Jockeys. More than 8,000 racegoers and many of the stars of Irish National Hunt racing are set to descend on Gowran Park for another thrilling renewal of this prestigious race.
The Thyestes Chase has been long-established as one of the highlights of the Irish National Hunt racing calendar and a key guide to the English and Irish Grand Nationals, with stars such as Hedgehunter and Numbersixvalverde completing the big race double.
Full-priced admission on Goffs Thyestes Day is €20 www.gowranpark.ie
3. Winter is coming
The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live plays to be broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre is The Winter’s Tale and comes to Cork Opera House on Friday.
Shakespeare’s timeless tragic comedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan.
King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequence. Judi Dench (left) will play Paulina while Kenneth Branagh will play Leontes.
The show starts at 7pm and tickets cost from €15.
www.corkoperahouse.ie or 021-4270022
4. Happy feet
Think your school has what it takes to win the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards?
Now in its third year and open to primary school students (from 3rd to 6th class) and all secondary school students, the awards are a perfect opportunity to celebrate creative talents in the areas of drama and theatre.
There are 12 award categories this year ranging from Best Overall School Play, Best Overall School Musical, Best Direction, Best Costumes, Best Set, and Best Choreography.
Just simply comple an entry form and submit either a video clip or a written submission. The deadline for entries for this year’s competition is 5pm, Janurary 29.
5. Showband style
The Ronan Collins Reeling in the Showband Years show has been a hit countrywide for the past six years. RTÉ’s Ronan Collins is host and compare, singing his renowned tributes to the great Joe Dolan, Dickie Rock, and more.
Living legend of showbiz, Brendan Bowyer ‘The King’ returns along with Gina from The Champions, back by popular demand.
Drummer and vocalist Joe Mac comes out of retirement to bring the house down, along with a stellar cast paying tribute to this magical showband era in style.
The show will run at Cork Opera house on January 23 and 24, with tickets starting from €28.50.
www.corkoperahouse.ie or 021 4270022
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