Bewley’s Café Theatre @Powerscourt in association with Axis Ballyman is proud to present
BANG BANG by Dermot Bolger
Directed by Mark O’Brien
Performed by Pat McGrath
A jaunt through Dublin’s streets with one of the city’s best-loved characters!
It’s 1980 and Christmas decorations have appeared in the Home for the Blind where Dublin’s most famous gunslinger, the legendary street character Bang Bang, has finally hung up his holster. But in his heart Bang Bang knows that will be his last Christmas and soon he must face the final shootout he has spent decades preparing for while roaming the streets of Dublin, which became Dodge City in his mind as he jumped down from open-backed buses to fight imaginary gun battles with bushwhackers, using his trusty, rusty key.
This hilarious yet poignant new play takes us inside the mind of one of Dublin’s best loved real-life eccentrics of yesteryear: an irrepressible dreamer who magically transformed Dublin into the Wild West for generations of young Dubliners who encountered him every day.
Bang Bang was commissioned as part of Dublin City Council’s Dublin Culture Connects Initiative – programme of activities and projects seeking to build engagement and connection or re-connection in the city through partnerships that are meaningful to the citizens and connecting Dubliners to their communities, and artists to cultural institutions since September 2016, creating excitement and engaging people.
About Bang Bang:
‘For years Bang Bang had been one of the best-known characters on the streets of Dublin. He was born in 1906, a birth year he shared with his great hero, John Wayne. He would descend on bus and tram passengers in Dublin, point a large brass church door key – his “Colt .45” – at them and shout “bang bang” in the style of the cowboy films.
‘Two years before he died he was immortalised in The Dubliner’s song The Mero which included the line “Bang Bang shoots the buses with his golden key”.
‘People loved his childlike innocence, although it concealed a tragic life. He grew up on Clarence Street, Dublin, the son of John Dudley, a chimney sweep, and his wife, Mary. His father died when Bang Bang was seven. His mother died, too, but it is not clear when. In any case, Bang Bang spent much of his childhood in an orphanage in Cabra.’ IRISH TIMES
Opens December 6th (previews 4th and 5th) and plays until December 23rd, 2017.
Mon-Sat at 1pm (doors open at 12.50pm)
Tickets: Low-price Mondays €8, Tues – Thurs €10, Fri – Sat €12.
Light Lunch available €4.
BOOKING: 086-8784001 / www.bewleyscafetheatre.com
Bewley’s Café Theatre is on the top floor of Powerscourt Shopping Centre.
Saturday November 11th marks National Harp Day/Lá na Cruite where the recently established umbrella organisation, Harp Ireland, Cruit Éireann, will celebrate all facets of the harp in Ireland. With venues all over Ireland resounding to the sound of harps at workshops, sessions, concerts, talks, and demonstrations of harp making, Powerscourt Centre is delighted to be involved. The DIT Ensemble and harpers including Méabh McKenna, Luke Webb, Tara Viscardi, Sinéad King, Síofra Ni Dhubhghaill and Anna Smozbathy will be performing in the Centre at 2pm. Attendance is free of charge.
National Harp Day is Cruit Éireann’s first major initiative to promote Ireland’s national instrument, encourage more people to learn the harp, attract new audiences and recognise the harp’s unique place in Irish musical and cultural life.
Powerscourt Centre is delighted to have the 15 finalist paintings for the Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards on display in Powerscourt Centre until August 5th.
The Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards was open to primary school children across Ireland and received thousands of entries from over 200 primary schools. The aim was to inspire them to express their artistic talent and develop an appreciation of the importance and value of sight.
Sightsavers believe that everyone should have the right to learn, earn and be happy.
Pop into Powerscourt Centre to view each of the 15 finalist’s paintings on display from now until August 5th.
14 07 2017
Virgin Mobile have brought some of the Virgin magic to the streets of Dublin with their very own Virgin Mobile Data Demon.
Created by Artist Luke Egan aka Filthy Luker the installation has taken weeks to build and 7 hours to land on Powerscourt Centre here in Dublin’s South William Street to let people know about our Virgin Mobile amazing value offers and fantastic value smart phones.
Maker of striking, haunting images that question our armchair relationships with both wilderness and wildlife, photographer, writer and environmental campaigner Dave Walsh comes from Wexford, in Ireland’s south east corner.
Blessed with a strong childhood connection to nature and the marine environment, and driven by a passionate interest in human relationships with the Earth, Dave has sailed on numerous Greenpeace expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, and has seen the aurora borealis and australis. He’s crossed the equator twice by ocean, been up close with polar bears, humpback whales and Tasmanian devils, camped under the Arctic winter moon and sweated on the northern hemisphere’s largest glacier under the 3am Arctic sun.
Back in ‘civilisation’, Dave’s attention is caught by the dirty magic of daily street life, and with how we use and abuse our energy and natural resources. He currently works with the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition on a campaign to create the world’s marine protected areas, in the seas around Antarctica.
All of the works are available to purchase through The Copper House Gallery, Tel 01 5354332, Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t miss your chance to see Paul Scannell’s incredible and breathtakingly beautiful photography exhibition – now showing for its final weekend in the Powerscourt Gallery on the 1st Floor of the Centre.
Gearoid Coakley is a landscape photographer from Dublin who has completed a two year project to photograph the length of the Wild Atlantic Way. This is his second major exhibition , the first being the mountains of Ireland. The introduction of the Wild Atlantic Way was for him the perfect opportunity to explore the Atlantic coast of Ireland. He purchased an old camper van and has been back and forth with his cameras ever since.
Much of the Wild Atlantic Way is still relatively unspoiled and in places you can be alone in nature -yours the only footprints on the beach.As you may notice many of his landscapes are taken where mankind’s influence is minimal, if not absent altogether.
Carefully managed, the Wild Atlantic Way is a great avenue for exploration and he hopes you you can get a flavour of what is in store for anyone who travels its path.
AFTER A YEAR THAT HERALDED A RECORD NUMBER OF OSCAR NOMINATIONS FOR IRISH FILM, ALONGSIDE AN EQUALLY IMPRESSIVE NUMBER OF GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS GOING INTO 2017, IT IS FAIR TO SAY THAT IRISH TALENT IS MORE THAN HOLDING ITS OWN ON THE GLOBAL CINEMATIC STAGE.
TO CELEBRATE THE WEALTH OF IRISH TALENT IN THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME, ADIFF IS DELIGHTED TO PRESENT AN EXHIBITION OF PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURING A SELECTION OF OUR HOMEGROWN TALENT. THE EXHIBITION WILL BE A MIXTURE OF PERSONALITIES FROM IN FRONT OF AND BEHIND THE CAMERA, SHOT BY HUGH O’CONOR, SOMEONE WHO IS NO STRANGER HIMSELF TO OUR CINEMA SCREENS. HUGH’S ACTING CAREER SPANS MORE THAN 30 YEARS BUT HIS SKILLS ALSO LIE BEHIND THE CAMERA AS A DIRECTOR AND A FANTASTIC PHOTOGRAPHER.
“IT’S BEEN A HUGE PRIVILEGE TO TAKE THESE DUBLIN PORTRAITS – THEY’RE JUST SOME OF THE TALENTED IRISH ACTORS AND FILMMAKERS INVOLVED IN THE FESTIVAL. ALL THE IMAGES WERE SHOT ON BLACK + WHITE FILM, WITH A HASSELBLAD CM CAMERA THAT I STILL HAVEN’T MANAGED TO BREAK OR LOSE (YET)… ” – HUGH O’CONOR
All images shot on Kodak Tri X 400 using a Hasselblad 500C
Archival Pigment Prints by Inspirational Arts on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm paper.
Contact Jim & Ed on 01 6629624.
16TH—26TH FEB 2016
We are delighted to be hosting an exhibition of botanical etchings by Gráinne Cuffe in the Centre with Graphic Studio Gallery. Unique large-scale prints are located in the middle of the Centre, with smaller works on the Top Floor.
Dublin born, Gráinne graduated in Fine Art from the Institute of Art and Design, Dun Laoghaire, in 1979. Her post graduate training was in etching and lithography at both Graphic Studio Dublin and Black Church Print Studio Dublin. In 1984 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study Lithography at Tamarind Institute, New Mexico. In 1986 she won an Italian Government Scholarship to study etching under Giorgio Upiglio in Milan. In 1989 she gained a post graduate degree in etching at Central St. Martin’s, London, where she studied under Norman Ackroyd.
She is also a member of Graphic Studio Dublin and Fins Graefisk Vaerksted, Denmark. Gráinne exhibits regularly in group shows at Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin. She is a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Hibernian Academy Summer show, and the Royal Academy Summer Show, Picadilly, London.
All the work can be purchased directly through Graphic Studio Gallery, and would make an exceptional Christmas present for a loved one, or yourself!
More more information click here.
After recently arriving back from a five month artist’s residency in McCarthy, Alaska, photographer, Paul Scannell has been travelling around Ireland, adding to his portfolio of beautiful landscape work. Drawn to misty, craggy, rainy places, his current series features Donegal, Galway, Kerry and Dublin and aims to capture the uniquely subdued, muted shading of the Irish experience.
Paul Scannell’s Photograph Exhibition can be viewed in KID Store, located on the Top Floor of the Centre.
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