Wednesday, 6 January – Nollaig na mBan, €10, 19:45, Irish Writers’ Centre
“Little Christmas” was originally conceived, some say, as an occasion upon which women would have one day – one day – to put their feet up and let the men take care of the household duties. Luckily, we can do one better than that. For the second year running, the Irish Writers’ Centre are taking back “Women’s Christmas” as an opportunity to celebrate some of the country’s diverse female voices. This year sees an assortment of spoken-word poets, writers, dramatists and broadcasters take to the stage and soapbox, with Joanna Walsh, Michelle Read, Sinead Gleeson, Lisa McInerney and plenty more. Bring a book from your favourite female writer as a gift to exchange. More details here. Tickets here.
Thursday, 7 January – East of Berlin, €10/€16, 20:15, Project Arts Centre
Writer Hannah Moscovitch and director Lee Wilson explore the discomforting origin story of Rudi. Growing up in Paraguay in the 1970s, Rudi had believed his father to be a physician in the German troops in the Second World War. The truth, though, is later revealed through his unwitting friend Herman. What ensues is a depiction of the struggle to accept oneself in light of revelations beyond one’s control. More details here.
Friday, 8 January – Charlotte Prodger: Stoneymollan Trail, Free, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios
Bournemouth-born, Glasgow-dwelling artist Charlotte Prodger gives her first solo show in Ireland, curated by Linsey Young. Revolving around a video displayed on one screen, the multi-format footage, shot on iPhone and HD camera, with a voiceover, and through screen-printed graphics, gives a personal history, but also probes the mediating power of the screen over subjectivity. More-enticing blurb here.
Saturday, 9 January – Anti-Patriarchy Chaos Social, 20:00, BYOB, Jigsaw
The Anti-Patriarchy Chaos Social is a glorious reimagining of what social spaces can be, run by feminists for feminists. The evening will aim to provide a safe, mutually supportive space for frank discussion and lots of carousing. Things will kick off with an open exchange of what you see as the problems that social spaces face, what you think some potential solutions could be and what you would ultimately like the group to provide. Spoken word, dancing and collaborative playlisting to follow. More here.
Sunday, 10 January – Serge Charchoune, Free, Douglas Hyde Gallery
The uncharacterisable work of Franco-Prussian painter Serge Charchoune has been selected for the Douglas Hyde by Merlin James. Charchoune created work at the margins of the modernist movement, influenced by those tropes while still evading them. He has, as such, been largely forgotten. His own interests ranged from the obscure and symbolic (synaesthesia, Rosicrucianism) to the irrevocably modern and outré (Dada). Click this link for more.
Monday, 11 January – Last Hijack, €9, 20:30, Irish Film Institute
The story of Somalian pirate Mohamed is relayed by Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting through styles of documentary, relayed sequences and distinctive animation. Mohamed leads a double life, at once a feared pirate and middle-aged man trapped by economic circumstance, with dream-sequence-esque rotoscoping animation admitting viewers into his psychological world: his past and his motivations. More details here.
Tuesday, 12 December – The Importance of Being Earnest, €25/€32, The Gate
Oscar Wilde’s language has become so ingrained in our cultural landscape that it is difficult, sometimes, to feel like anything revelatory could come of it. The Importance of Being Earnest remains one of his most-loved and imitated dramas. Seasoned director Patrick Mason injects new vigour into it, with noteworthy set and costume design from Francis O’Connor. More here.