The events to see, the shows to book and the ones to see before they end – The Irish Times




Tuesday 4 October: 3Olympia Theatre, Dublin; 7 p.m.; €26; Wednesday 5 October, Ulster Hall, Belfast; 7 p.m.; £22.50;

Winner of a BRIT Rising Star Award, an NME Radar Award and a name on the BBC Sound of… 2020 shortlist, Filipino songwriter and singer Beabadoobee (aka Beatrice Laus) has become one of this year’s crossover pop stars – hence these shows in relatively large venues. Influenced by New York’s anti-folk scene, as well as Pavement, the Beatles, the Cranberries and Britpop group Lush, there’s a light rhythm and anxious undertow to her music that connects effortlessly with her audience of Gen Z (and, of course, slightly older people).


Tuesday October 4-Friday October 7; various locations/times/ticket prices;

After two years of online events, Ireland Music Week is surely returning to its optimum staging in venues where emerging and reasonably established Irish music bands can showcase their wares in front of friends, family, the Irish media and this very large contingent of international booking agents, managers, record labels and music supervisors. The music conference element includes panel discussions, workshops, and (yay!) face-to-face meetings. The music? Too many to list, but we love Kyoto Love Hotel, Shobsy, Paper Clap (Thursday) and Bobbi Arlo, Roe, Lemonade Shoelace (Friday). Visit for details of location and time.


Wednesday 5 October, Cyprus Avenue, Cork; 7 p.m.; €33.50; Thursday 6 October, Théâtre 3Olympia; 7 p.m.; €37; Friday 7 October, Limelight 1, Belfast; 8 p.m.; £25;

“Helping the Afflicted Since 1990″, Therapy? say on their website, and there is no discussion with that. Formed in Northern Ireland in 1989, influenced by a range of musical acts from Big Black, Fugazi and That Petrol Emotion to Captain Beefheart, The Stooges and John Zorn, there was no doubt that the band’s music was going to be nothing short of less than uncompromising and very good in your face. These shows are mostly postponed from the band’s postponed 30th anniversary concerts in 2020. Expect some noise. Bring earplugs.



Sunday October 2-Sunday October 9; various locations/times/ticket prices;

It’s a happy 10th anniversary for IndieCork Festival, which is now the biggest celebration of independent cinema and short film in the country. To that end, this year’s highlights are numerous and include Aisling Trí Néallaibh: Clouded Reveries, a study in the creative practice of writer/poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa, and Vicky, a powerful documentary (and the festival’s opening film) about the proactive and fearless work of health activist Vicky Phelan. In addition to screenings at the Gate Cinema, the festival is continuing its hybrid/online (pandemic) format, which will run until October 16.



Thursday October 6-Sunday October 30; 7:30 p.m.; €31;

Eliza Doolittle is the Cockney flower seller who endures phonics teacher Henry Higgins by giving her a social makeover, the result of which will make her more presentable to high society. The classist, chauvinistic undertones of George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion have been rounded out over the decades, not least thanks to the 1956 musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Via the multi-award-winning production from New York’s Lincoln Center Theater, it receives a lavish makeover here and sees a full orchestra and more than 30 cast members deliver classic songs such as Wouldn’t It be Loverly, Get Me to the Church on Time, and I Could Have Danced All Night.



Tuesday October 4-Sunday October 9; Lexicon Library and Culture Centre, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin; various times/ticket prices;

Billed as the “International Crime Writing Festival of Ireland”, what was piloted by Zoom for the past two years now takes place primarily in person (although there will be online access for many events, including including exclusive discussions with famous American crime writers Laura Lippmann and Jean Hanff Korelitz). Whatever the entry point, there will be some curious high-level trickery via interviews with Lucy Worsley on her new Agatha Christie biography, Catherine Ryan Howard on the art of the plot and Mick Herron, author from the Slough House series (adapted by Apple+ as Slow Horses) about the intricacies of espionage.



Friday 7 October-27 November; Grilse Gallery, Killorglin, County Kerry; adm free (closed Monday/Tuesday);

Debbie Godsell, artist, art educator and formally trained printmaker, presents images of farm gates, lawn smells, harvest beats, sheds and many other distinctive rural features (which she describes as ” thin places”) that have been deliberately located and collected on solitary walks for the past couple of years. The work is set against the backdrop of a disruptive Ireland that is slowly, often reluctantly (but perhaps inevitably) moving away from tradition into areas that have a much more contemporary hold.



Laneway Gallery, Cork City; until Sunday, October 30;

Artist GM Speirs explores ‘heroes’ and ‘villains’ archetypes through a series of photographs, traditional paintings and digital images. The former bring together central figures of art and culture of the 1970s/1980s: JG Ballard, William Burroughs, Francis Bacon and David Bowie.


Beatles Day 2022, Workman’s Club, Dublin, November 5;

The Jungle Book Christmas Panto, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, from November 27 to January 8;

PIAF, Gate Theatre, Dublin, from December 2;

Kodaline, Musgrave Park, Cork, June 23;


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