Make the most of your downtime with our glossy roundup of INTERESTING things to do. This weekend we’re celebrating Earth Day at DUBLIN ZOO, exercising our green thumbs in CLARE and heading to the THEATRE …
TAKE full advantage of the sunshine at Clare Garden Festival on Sunday, April 23. Highlights include a designer show garden, shopping area, crafts and expert talks and demos from speakers including Kitty Scully, head kitchen gardener at Airfield Estate (pictured), Bruno Nicolai, as seen on Sky1’s Show Me Your Garden and Angela Jupe, garden designer at Bellefield House and Gardens. From 11am at Ennis Showgrounds, Ennis, Co Clare; www.claregardenfestival.com.
EXPERIENCE Samuel Beckett’s 1963 radio play Cascanado in intimate surroundings at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin, April 19-23. The unique production, by Pan Pan Theatre, will be enjoyed by just 30 audience members at a time, each listening to the play through a personal audio device. Places are extremely limited so early booking is advised. Tickets available here.
CELEBRATE Earth Day (Friday, April 22) at Dublin Zoo on Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23 at a brand new event called GreenFest. Designed to celebrate the richness of Ireland’s native species and teach visitors young and old more about sustainability and the planet we live on, organisations including The Irish Wildlife Trust and Galway Atlantaquaria will be on hand offering green arts and crafts, talks, quizzes and more. www.dublinzoo.ie
DECAMP to Galway for the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, April 17-24. This year’s programme includes theatre, music, poetry, film screenings, a new writing showcase, workshops, launches, talks, discussions and readings with speakers including Declan Meade, Simon Van Booy, Sarah Maria Griffin, Rob Doyle, Thomas Morris, Tobias Wolff, Kevin Barry, Patrick Drewitt, Lisa McInerney, Rachel B Glaser and Louise O’Neill. See www.cuirt.ie for tickets, times and locations.
SPEND an evening at the Abbey Theatre seeing Tina’s Idea of Fun, described as “a love letter to contemporary Dublin,” starring Hilda Fay, Keith Hanna and Ruth Hegarty. Written by Sean P Summers (The Bruising of Clouds and Noah and the Tower Flower) the soulful story is set during the Queen’s visit to Ireland and explores a woman’s relationship with the son she can’t seem to connect with. April 14-May 14; www.abbeytheatre.ie.
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