Make THE MOST OF YOUR DOWNTIME with our glossy roundup of WONDERFUL things to do. This weekend we’re picking up PERSONALISED GIFTS, going to the THEATRE and treating the LITTLE ONES
SEE “Sahasrara”, an otherworldly new exhibition of Michael Beirne’s work at the Molesworth Gallery. In these paintings, the natural world is staging a riot. Everything is familiar but everything is re-imagined into a new landscape of metaphor and searing consciousness of being and becoming. Until January 31; www.molesworthgallery.com
TREAT the children to Bosco’s Magical Christmas with Hansel and Gretel at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. This festive Lambert Puppet Theatre production features large puppets, colourful sets and a guest appearance from everyone’s favourite red-haired 1980s star. Tickets, from €8, available here.
SEEK respite from the biting cold at The Abbey, where Marina Carr has re-imagined Tolstoy’s classic love story, Anna Karenina. Russia is changing. Rules have been broken. Chaos is looming. Families are falling apart. Through the impact of one woman’s decision, it looks at the troubling cost of love on the human soul. Until January 28. Suitable for ages 14+. Tickets, from €15, are available here.
ELEVATE your Christmas gifting with a personalised Irish-made present from Só Collective at Kildare Village. From cashmere Foxford blankets embroidered with initials to an engraved Gary Ryan wooden bowl, you’re guaranteed to find an enduring gift for everyone on your list this weekend. Só Collective hampers are also available.
TAKE the entire family to Smock Alley Theatre to see a new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale, The Snow Queen. A fiercely funny and highly energetic production, it utilises puppetry and song to bring this sprawling adventure bursting to life. It also illuminates the very modern relevance of Andersen’s quintessential story of good versus evil, and man’s relationship with the natural world. Until December 23. Tickets, from €15, available here.
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