Archive for January 4th, 2010

Theatre Upstairs @ the Plough

4th January 2010 by Maura McHugh

Theatre Upstairs @ the Plough is a non-funded, profit-share venue set up by Karl Shiels and Paul Walker with the co-operation of Lanigan’s Plough Bar (opposite the Abbey Theatre, Middle Abbey Street, D1).

It launches its programme of events for Lunch Time and Tea Time theatre on January 18 2010.

The Lunch Time programme will features original works from new and established writers, offering a series of world premiere plays from writers such as Paul Walker (Stardust, Ladies & Gents), Eugene O’Brien (Eden, Pure Mule), Deirdre Kinahan (Hue & Cry), Bryan Delaney (The Cobbler) and Jimmy Murphy (Kings of The Kilburn Highroad).

The Tea Time slot presents a select series of revivals, including one from Mark O’Rowe (Howie The Rookie, Terminus, Intermission), along with play readings and works in progress.

The company is always on the look-out for submissions, so send them to:

Theatre Upstairs
Lanigans Plough Bar
Mid Abbey Street
Dublin 1.

It’s also hosting a fundraising night, entitled D’Relish, on Saturday, January 9, 2010, at 8pm. Admission is €5.

It will be an evening of comedy, vocals, guitar, performances, and the infamous D’Relish Raffle.

Michael Dwyer RIP

4th January 2010 by Maura McHugh

Michael Dwyer, the film correspondent of the Irish Times, died on Friday, January 1st, at the age of 58, following an illness that began after his last trip to the Cannes Film Festival.

Today the Irish Times published a series of reminiscences about Mr. Dwyer by Irish actors and directors, as well as a tribute by Hugh Linehan.

Mr. Dwyer made a significant contribution to the establishment of film criticism in Ireland, the promotion of local talent, and as one of the co-founders the Dublin Film Festival in 1985 he helped aid a wider appreciation for global cinema in the country.

His funeral Mass will take place Tuesday morning at 11am in the Church of the Holy Name, Beechwood Avenue, Ranelagh, and afterwards to Mount Jerome Crematorium.

Mr. Dwyer is survived by his partner of 24 years, Brian Jennings, and his mother Mary and sisters Anne and Maria. Our sincere condolences for their loss.