As they say, it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and more so with the opening night of A Christmas Carol, this evening at The Gate Theatre. Jack Thorne’s retelling of Dickens’s dream-like Christmas story offers an absorbing and atmospheric theatrical experience in which inclusivity and community are centre stage, in a re-configured Gate auditorium with the audience at the heart of the action. Ebenezer Scrooge is played by actor Owen Roe. “Fundamentally this story is about community, empathy and imagination,” said director Selina Cartmell. Tickets are available from www.gatetheatre.ie or 01 874 4045.
Also launching today is The Shelbourne’s Festive Afternoon Tea in The Lord Mayor’s Lounge – an elegant sanctuary on a chilly winter’s afternoon, overlooking St Stephen’s Green. Sparkling chandeliers, impeccable service and piano music provide the backdrop to the traditional tea, which comprises finger sandwiches, buttermilk scones with clotted cream and preserves, warm ginger bread and festive treats such as a Christmas sleigh of Blackforest gateau and a Santa’s Hat basil panna cotta. Served daily until January 1, a Children’s Festive Afternoon Tea is also available for €30 per child, the Classic Festive Afternoon Tea is €62 per person and Champagne Festive Afternoon Tea is €79. For bookings call +353 1 6634500; www.TheShelbourne.com.
Artform’s Annual Art Fair is taking place at 44 The Quay Waterford, from November 23 to December 15, in the festive atmosphere of Winterval – the Waterford Christmas Festival. This year, the annual exhibition of contemporary and plein air art will feature 200 art works by 40 artists including Ann Quinn, Annabel Potterton, Aidan Crotty, Bernadette Doolan, Brenda Malley, Bridget Flannery, Tom Climent, Tony Robinson, Steve Browning and Will Nathans to mention a few. The opening night is on Friday November 22 from 6pm to 10pm, when artists PJ Lynch and Tony Robinson, will be on-site painting portraits of guests; www.artform.ie.
50 images by Henri-Cartier Bresson, one of the most important photographers of the 20th century, form part of the “Ireland in Focus: Photographing Ireland in the 1950s”. The exhibition launched this week at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks. Included in the exhibition are images by photographer Dorothea Lange, and anthropologist, Robert Cresswell, who with Henri Cartier-Bresson took images in Ireland, giving a rare insight into 1950s rural life. The exhibition will run until the end of April 2020 and admission is free; www.museum.ie.
Kate Fine of Kate’s Sample Sales has collaborated with silk scarf designer Debbie Millington to curate a small pop-up of twelve Irish brands for a pre-Christmas shopping event upstairs at Union Café, Mount Merrion, Dublin 4 on Sunday November 24 from 10am – 6pm. Participating are contemporary jewellery designer Vivien Walsh, childrens’ clothing company Chaos & Harmony, textile designer Trudy Feighery and eco-friendly Three Mills Soap company among others. All visitors can enter a draw to win a hamper with items from each designer, while Union Café are offering free tea or coffee with every meal purchased.