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Famed French actor, director and writer, Mathieu Amalric will open the Cork French Film Festival this weekend. He tells Play's Maria Tracey about his love of west Cork, and of filming his latest film The Blue Room. 

Allez Les Bleus!

For acclaimed French star Mathieu Amalric, opening the 26th Cork French Film Festival is doubly joyful...

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Take a trip through the grim, dank recesses of Edinburgh in Irvine Welsh’s darkly comic and often heart-breaking Trainspotting. The modern British cult classic —whose trailblazing film adaptation will celebrate its...

In a photographic portrait, how do you capture a perfect moment in time — a moment where the essence of the person shines through?  Plenty of tea and long chats, Clare Keogh, the professional photographer behind a new exhibition at City Hall, tells Play’s Maureen Sullivan.  

For Clare Keogh, getting an authentic shot is about getting to know the people in...

The King Lear Session, a new play by theatre company Cylone Rep, will play at Cork’s Everyman Theatre on Tuesday, 3rd and Wednesday, 4th March.  The play is one of a series of “Shakespeare Sessions,” aimed at helping students to better understand the texts and themes of the bard.

Five unlikely characters tell the tale of Lear and, in the process, make a...

Johnny McEvory, one of Ireland’s most enduring and talented singer-songwriters, will give a concert in 

Ballymaloe Grainstore on Friday, March 13th at 8pm.

Since his first hit single in 1966, Johnny has toured worldwide and gained a reputation for beautifully written songs that all have  a story to tell.  This concert performance will include old...

 

Irish musical heroes of the modern age are set to be honoured in Cork next week as TG4 Gradam Ceoil returns to Cork for the first time in 10 years. Play's Maria Tracey chats to the legendary Máirtín O’Connor, on how new directions are opening up for Irish traditional music and why he will never drive up Patrick's Hill again!

Eclectic. It takes just one...

The Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film is to be screened in Cork next week. Ida, the first Polish film to receive an Oscar, will be shown on Thursday, March 5th at 8pm in St John's Central College by Cork Cine Club. From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love), the drama is about a young novitiate nun in 1962 Poland who, on the verge of taking her...

Irish–based French chanteuse Caroline Moreau will return to Cork next week. The singer is at On The Pig’s Back, in St Patrick’s Mills, Douglas, on Friday, March 6th, where she will perform both old and new material including songs from her acclaimed second album Amour Toujours etc… which she launched to widespread praise in 2013. A French gastronomic menu is available...

A Cork artist is to 'take over' the Cork Community Print Shop. John Flynn is to have a solo exhibition at the Oliver Plunkett Street venue on Friday, March 6th, entitled Takeover. The night will be a showcase of art, music and food. Along with a display of Flynn's work, Shookrah and Liquid Emotion will both be performing, while food will be provided by Cool Beans, a restaurant based in the...

The Mother Jones Flea Market is to throw open its doors for a night of entertainment. The market, at the corner of McCurtain Street and York Street, will host Dublin three–piece Sissy on Saturday, March 14th. The band, whose sound is influenced by Wire, Au Pairs, and Siouxsie, have finished a short tour of the UK and released their debut EP, simply titled Sissy. Doors are 9pm, and pre...

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Cork author Sara Baume, who released her much anticipated debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither earlier this month, will participate in a ‘listening event’ at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh. Kicking off at 7pm to accompany the ongoing Lie of the Land exhibition the night will also feature Berlin–based artist and writer Adrian Duncan...

Brian Kennedy is coming to Macroom on Friday March 6th to perform at the Briery Gap.  His constant touring, from Ireland and the UK to Australia, Germany and the USA, including the major global festivals, has resulted in an ever–growing international fan base. During his 20–year career, Kennedy has toured with Riverdance and shared the stage with the Van Morrisson, a...

On Saturday, March 7th, The CIT Cork School of Music will host the Irish Chamber Orchestra when they perform as part of the Forte Festival, a weekend of classical music in Cork organised in conjunction with the Cork Orchestral Society.

The programme will include: Beethoven’s Fugue for String Quartet in B flat major, the Grosse Fuge; Op. 133; two violin concerti by Haydn,...

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Friday, 20th Feb

The Everyman and Cork Operatic Society have joined forces to present a new and daring production of Charles Gounod’s Faust, based on the legend gend of a man who sells his soul to the devil.  Cara O’Sullivan and Jung Soo Yun, in his...

Best known for her portrayal of Winnie McGoogan in the internationally acclaimed Mrs Brown’s Boys, Eilish O’Carroll brings her own incredible life experiences to an autobiographical performance to the Everyman. In Live Love Laugh, O'Carroll reveals all, from being a 50s baby, to her strict Roman Catholic childhood, to two failed marriages, and then discovering her true...

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