A city of saints, scholars (and just about everyone else in between), the capital city is never without things to do. Here’s a taste of what’s on in Dublin this month.
November 3 – December 4
The Book of Mormon
The Mormons are here. Yes, Broadway’s hit musical has landed at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre for a month-long run of shows. Pushed out from last year amid ongoing public health concerns, the production finally got the go-ahead for this November and kicked off with their first show on Wednesday of this week.
Written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez – the faces behind popular TV series South Park – The Book of Mormon debuted in New York back in 2011 and has been delighting audiences the world over ever since. Already with performances on three continents and more than 30 prestigious international awards under its belt, it’s been smashing long-standing box office records wherever it goes. So, you’re in for a treat!
Telling the story of two Mormon missionaries, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, the musical is set in a small town in Uganda where the Mormon pair attempt to convert the inhabitants to their religion. “Wickedly satirical and deliciously irreverent”, as per the event description, it’s not for the easily offended.
Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes long (including a 20-minute interval), ticket prices start at just €26 and can be bought via the Bord Gáis website.
November 4 – 7
Paint by the Pints
Combining stout and painting for four nights of uncontested fun, the Guinness Storehouse has teamed up with the uber-popular Paint by the Pints in honour of International Stout Day this weekend. I think it goes without saying that there’s no better place to mark the occasion than at the home of the black stuff.
For the first time ever, visitors will have the chance to enjoy a pint in the Home of Guinness while recreating one of the many iconic images from the vast Guinness archives in the Arrol suite. Worried your art skills may not be up to scratch? Fear not. Each event is headed up by an experienced instructor who will guide you through the process step-by-step.
All materials will be provided including easels, paints, aprons and canvas and you’ll even get to bring your completed artwork home with you too. Ticket prices start from €27 and include access to the full Guinness Storehouse Experience, including a pint of plain in the famous Gravity Bar too.
November 18 – 21
Collide art exhibition
A new solo exhibition by award-winning Irish artist Aoife Scott, Collide will be running in the Long Room at The Fumbally Stables from November 18 to 21. Aoife’s first solo showing, it’s a collection that has been in development for two years and contrasts her connection to the sea and natural world with the anxiety she feels as she observes the devastating impact that we as a society have made on our environment.
Speaking ahead of the exhibition’s launch later this month, Aoife commented, “Through my practice, I communicate feelings of calm and excitement with more worrying feelings of anxiety and frustration as I seek to find a balance between the natural and the man-made world.
“I am intrigued by the push and pull between the two and strive to explore the relationship between them, using different natural and manmade materials. I hope that the colourful energy of the work draws in the viewer and that the contrasting textures, soft, overlapping floating shapes juxtaposed with the bold lines create a tension and friction which expresses my concerns about the print and mark that we are leaving on our planet,” she continued.
Collide will showcase a new body of work with over 20 different pieces on display, including paintings on canvas and paper, etchings on paper and bio-resin and concrete sculptures.
Six by Nico opening
Officially opening their doors to the public at the end of this month, Six by Nico will welcome Dubliners inside their new home at 1 Molesworth Street in Dublin 2 for the first time on November 30.
Also announcing their first conceptual theme, their debut menu will be inspired by the humble Irish chipper. Paying homage to the iconic fish and chip shop that has been the backdrop to so many of our childhood memories, it’s the first in a series of new six-course tasting menus that will change every six weeks.
A brand-new type of eating experience, it’s headed up by chef Nico Simeone. Drawing inspiration from his Scots-Italian heritage, amongst the gastronomic delights on offer you’ll find options such as chips and cheese, scampi, steak pie, fish supper, smoked sausage and even a deep-fried Mars bar… all reimagined to fit the Six by Nico team’s vision.
What was their inspiration? “Most people are familiar with the tastes and scents of their local chip shop and we wanted to take the idea of the everyday chipper menu and re-invent it to create a playful food experience that Dubliners would recognise and be amazed by,” according to Nico.
Open from midday, Tuesday through to Sunday, each six-course menu will be priced at €45 per person and diners will have the option to enjoy an expertly selected wine pairing for an additional €39.