What’s on in Dublin!….Alive-Alive-0 Guide has it all

by Aishling Conway
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Check out this weeks Alive-Alive-O entertainment guide of “What’s on in Dublin”, compiled by our very own Molly Malone which will bring readers up to the minute news and views across the ecletic tapestry of the city’s social and cultural scene.

This week, we feature a good mixture from the world of Theatre, Music and Arts around the county.


The smash hit musical play “Are ya Dancin?” – A Showband story, written by Carol Gleeson and Helen Spring, makes its highly anticipated national debut at 3 Olympia Theatre this Summer from Tuesday 27th to Saturday 31st August (including matinees) with memorable hits like “Rock around the clock and Hucklebuck to name a few.

Tickets priced from €21.50 including booking fee & €1.50 restoration levy on sale now from Ticketmaster Ireland.


The all new hit musical “I should be so Lucky” is set to take to the stage 7th-11th May 2024 featuring well known 80s pop hit songs including Kylie Minogue (I should be so lucky), Rick Astley (Never gonna give you up, Jason Donovan (Especially for You), Bananarama (Love in the First Degree), and many more, all intertwined in an original story of love, laughter and last minute getaways!

Dive into the heart-warming tale of Ella and Nathan – a star crossed couple with wedding jitters and dreams. Tickets are on sale online – www.bordgaistheatre.com


GBL Productions present the Comedy Classic Women On The Verge of HRT.

After a decade-long absence from the Dublin stage, Marie Jones’ (Stones in His Pockets) hilarious comedy Women on the Verge of HRT is back and bigger than ever! This reworked production promises to be a riot of laughter, with a stellar cast including Katie Tumelty (Fly Me To The Moon, Betrothed), Jo Donnelly (Lyric’s Playboy of the Western World, Line of Duty) & Ciarán O’Brien (Ripper Street, Fair City).

Women on the Verge of HRT is the story of two middle-aged women, Vera and Anna who head off to Donegal on a weekend away for the annual concert by their super-star idol, Daniel O’Donnell.  They get more than they bargained for.

Feisty, racy, painful and absolutely hilarious in all the right places, Women On The Verge of HRT sees terrific performances from some of Northern Ireland’s most popular actors.

Will leave you in hot flushes!


After a successful run of their recent musical “Cry Baby”, Malahide Musical and Dramatic Society will return to the stage again with the popular play “California Suite” which will be staged at Malahide Community School from 8th -11th May

California Suite is a 1976 play by Neil Simon. It is a four-part humorous confection showcasing four couples, from New York, Philadelphia, London, and Chicago, who travel to Los Angeles at different times during the same year and separately inhabit a Beverly Hills hotel suite, bringing along their problems, anxieties, and comical marital dilemmas.

Directed by MMDS’s very own Lynda O’Neill following the success of Little Women in September.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM Buy tickets – California Suite – Malahide Community School, Multiple dates and times (tickettailor.com)

DRAÍOCHT – Grab your Golden Ticket and join the pupils of Scoil Bhríde Buachaillí and Scoil Bhríde Cailíní

Students from Scoil Bhríde Buachaillí and Scoil Bhríde Cailíní are set to stage the Irish Amateur premiere of the well-known musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at Draíocht Theatre in Blanchardstown 26th-28th May

Based on the famous novel by Roald Dahl, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ features an original score alongside songs from the 1971 film including ‘Candy Man’, ‘I’ve Got a Golden Ticket’, ‘Oompa Loompa Song’ and ‘Pure Imagination’.

Five golden ticket winners will enter Willy Wonka’s factory and embark on adventures galore in his world of pure imagination including meeting the curious Oompa-Loompas.

Thu 25 — Sat 27 Apr 2024 , 25th-26th 7.30pm / 27th 2pm & 7.30pm

Tickets €17.50 adults / €12.50 children (Under 16s)


AXIS BALLYMUN  – “The Comedy Nobody” comes to The Axis, Ballymun

Theatre Company Pointless Productions are proud to bring “The Comedy Nobody” to the Axis Ballymun with performances on Wednesday 8th May and Thursday 9th May at 7.30pm.

“The Comedy Nobody” is a one man play, written by Galway Born Karl MacDermott. Based around the life of a former comedian who contemplates a comeback while caring for his ailing mother. He also regularly attends a self-help group for unsuccessful comedians called The Comedy Casualty Club and tries to interest his former agent Sisyphus O’Shea of SOS Management in handling his career once more, as he desperately tries to update his act to get work in the present-day burgeoning Irish comedy scene.

Tickets available from www.axisballymun.ie. Lunchtime €10. Evening €15.

SMOCK ALLEY – Magdeline Laundries theme gets airing at Smock Theatre

A timely new dance theatre production explores what it was like to live in the shadow of Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Baby Homes. “The Ireland We Dreamed of” will take to the stage at Smock Alley Theatre from May 2-4. 

Under the direction of visual artist Sinead McCann, the production takes audiences on an emotional dreamscape featuring a cast of celebrated by contemporary dancers Vitor Bassi, Fiona Quilligan, and the aerial performer and movement director Kate Finegan.

With a narrative inspired by real-life accounts, the script is penned by sociologist Dr. Louise Brangan, known for her recent BBC audio essay The Legacy of the Laundries.

The Magdalene Laundries in Ireland, also called Magdalene asylums, were institutions mainly operated by Roman Catholic orders from the 18th to the late 20th centuries. These establishments purported to provide shelter for “fallen women,” with an estimated 30,000 individuals confined in these facilities in Ireland.

‘The Ireland We Dreamed of’ will take place at Smock Alley Theatre Smock Alley Theatre from May 2-4. Tickets are priced at €20. On Friday, May 3rd author Dr. Louise Brangan & director Sinead McCann will host a post-show talk. See smockalley.com

NATIONAL CONCERT HALLThe Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child Screening with the National Symphony Orchestra

Dubliners are in for a treat as The National Concert Hall stages “The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child Screening with the National Symphony Orchestra” on Monday 6th Mary 2024 at 12.30pm, 3pm and 5pm.

Walk further into the deep dark wood and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake . . . and a hungry Gruffalo!

Step in the enchanting world as Terry Davies and The National Symphony Orchestra bring René Aubry magical scores for to lie

Tickets available: https://www.nch.ie/…/the-gruffalo-and-the-gruffalos…/

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