5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re planning an IMMERSIVE THEATRE experience, celebrating DRAWING DAY at the National Gallery and treating the kids to a special AFTERNOON TEA at Mount Juliet … 

WHAT: Want to participate in some theatre? Dublin theatre company Bow Productions’ latest immersive play, Esker Lane, is for you. The storyline is highly appropriate this week and follows bride-to-be, Louise Brennan, on her wedding morning. It turns out to be an emotional rollercoaster with the bridesmaid having a fake tan disaster and family tensions coming to the surface. With only seven audience members per performance, Louise might ask you to zip her into the dress! It opens on Saturday May 19 in Lucan with other performances on May 20, 26 and 27. Tickets: www.eventbrite.ie.

WHO: Because summer is creeping up slowly but surely, we need to think about new swimwear and kaftans. That’s why we’re heading to the Rae Feather pop up in the Helen Turkington boutique on Dunville Avenue, Ranelagh (until May 23, excluding Sunday). We’ve had a sneak preview and there are lots of lovely baskets, kaftans and the opportunity to order a monogrammed basket bag, denim tote or canvas shopper. The macramé bags were a favourite for us, as were the fun pom pom slides, new for this season, and the recently launched range of beachwear and kaftans. Summer wardrobe sorted. www.raefeather.com.


WHAT: Catch the final “Down in the City: An Alternative Sunday Service” at the Sugar Club on Sunday May 20. Eliminate Sunday evening dread with inspirational readings from Joseph O’Connor (author of Star of the Sea), uplifting pop folk music from Saint Sister (above) and some banter with host Scullion. Show runs from 7.30pm – 11pm. Tickets €25 from www.thesugarclub.com.

HOW: National Drawing Day is on Saturday and to celebrate the National Gallery of Ireland has a line-up of interesting events and talks for all ages. One such is “Drawing Dublin” (from 11am – 12.15pm) when art historian Dr Katy Milligan and artist Sarah Edmondson will tour the current “Drawing Dublin” exhibition before leading a sketching workshop in Merrion Square. There is also free admission to the “Emil Nolde: Colour is Life” exhibition from 12pm – 3pm. Admission to and participation in Drawing Day is free of charge though some must be booked in advance. All materials are provided. National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West. www.nationalgallery.ie.

AND: One for the children to enjoy, or perhaps an idea for a glossy birthday party … Mount Juliet Estate has introduced a Children’s Afternoon Tea, served daily in the Manor House. Milkshakes, toasted brioche with Nutella and finger sandwiches are on offer, as are rocky roads, chocolate marshmallows, cup cakes, and a mini knickerbocker glory. I wonder if there is an age limit – the Tea sounds lovely and is €15 per child available from 1pm to 5pm, with pre-booking essential. www.mountjuliet.ie.

Penny McCormick

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