5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend


We’re planning a trip to the ABBEY THEATRE, having lunch at AIRFIELD ESTATE and hunting for ANTIQUES at the County Clare Antiques Art & Vintage Fair …

WHAT: The hot ticket this weekend is undoubtedly Michael Keegan-Dolan’s adaptation of Swan Lake/Loch na hEala at the Abbey Theatre. Opening today (February 8) it is performed by a cast of 13 and is a powerful mix of story telling, song and live music. The latter combines Nordic and Irish traditional music with experimental influences. Having been a huge success at 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival, it won Best Production in The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. With nine performances at the Abbey, Swan Lake will also be touring to Nomad Theatre Network venues in Letterkenny, Roscommon, Sligo, Newbridge, Mullingar, Drogheda, Cavan and Longford.

Abbey Theatre, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1, until February 17; www.abbeytheatre.ie or 01 87 87 222.

WHO: Improviser, songwriter and composer, Trish Clowes has been described as “a fiercely talented jazz saxophonist” and her take on the genre is playful and engaging. That’s why we’re keen to see her in concert with her trio of collaborators this weekend.  They will be playing original tunes from Clowes’ fourth album My Iris. The quartet will be performing at Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, on Friday 9; The Model, Sligo on Saturday 10, and National Opera House, Wexford on Sunday 11. All performances begin at 8pm, with tickets from €10. www.musicnetwork.ie.

WHERE: To Airfield Estate for a family get together at the weekend, where chef Luke Matthews has taken over the culinary lead at Overends Kitchen and will be bringing their “GLAS” food ethos to life. (Go seasonal, Local produce, Avoid waste and use Sustainable ingredients). All dishes will be created from produce harvested from Airfield’s farm, gardens and orchard.

Overends Kitchen is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday. Airfield Estate, Overend Avenue, Dundrum, Dublin 14; www.airfield.ie.

WHY: Keen to learn a new skill – there’s still time to sign up for a couple of weekend courses. Anglo-Indian chef and food entrepreneur Arun Kapil (of Green Saffron in Cork) will be running a three-hour masterclass and demonstration in the School of Food in Kilkenny on Saturday. In the run up to the Hindu festival of Holi, on March 1, which traditionally heralds the arrival of spring, Arun will be concentrating on recipes and dishes packed with bold, warming, vivid flavours and colours. Tickets cost €50 per person. www.schooloffood.ie.

At Fumbally Stables learn about the health benefits of, and how to make, fermented probiotic drinks such as ginger bug, kombucha and kefir with Ailbhe Walshe this Saturday from 12 – 2pm. All you need to bring is a jar. Tickets are available from www.thefumballystables.ie.

AND … On Sunday February 11, the County Clare Antiques Art & Vintage Fair is much bigger than normal. It’s being held at the Inn at Dromoland Castle Hotel from 11am – 6pm, providing plenty of inspiration for decoristas.

Penny McCormick

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