A Labrador on Broadway, and other entertaining things

As a Labrador named Farley poses for photos on Broadway, Irish National Opera begins live conversations on Instagram, and Glen Hansard gives us a hand with our songwriting. Each Week, Abigail Grimstad, TheatreMaker.ie’s Social Media Manager looks at the posts on social media that caught her attention.

Each Week, Abigail Grimstad, TheatreMaker.ie’s Social Media Manager looks at the posts on social media that caught her attention.

Hello friends!

I can’t believe this is our third week of blogging! We had our fourth #StageDoorLive episode on Wednesday, and as it sounds like we’re looking ahead to at least a couple months of gradual easing of lock down here in Dublin, I found myself focusing on the really important things this week: music, animals, and theatre. (Not necessarily in that order).

First though. I think we should acknowledge the reality of the situation.Through humour of course. If you’re feeling like this:

My Agent Sent This To Me To Cheer Me Up

Posted by Larry Blank on Friday, April 24, 2020

Then perhaps what you really need is a dose of opera.

Irish National Opera

Look no further than Irish National Opera. With 6 different shows available to watch on their website (INO website),  you’re sure to find something to lift your mood. 

And that’s not all! INO have started #INOInterviews, conversations with their artistic partners led by Artistic Director Fergus Sheil, every Thursday at 3PM on Instagram Live.

Once you’ve thoroughly saturated yourself in all things opera, you could definitely head over to The Abbey Theatre Youtube page, and watch all 4 instalments of #DearIreland if you haven’t already. (I know I put this in my previous blog post, but the emotional catharsis I experienced from this deserves a double posting. We had Shaun Dunne, writer of “The Box Room” on our #StageDoorLive episode this week, and although I think myself and Shaun would agree it’s not theatre as we know and love it, there’s something beautiful about the experience all the same. 

If you need a break from all the theatre online, you can take a look at this very good boy:

A Labrador on Broadway

I can sometimes feel quite lost amidst the large number of posts from Broadway.com, but this one captured my heart, and all I could hear was , “FARLEY, FARLEY’S HIS NAME IF YOU PLEASE. IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME, ASK ANYONE OF THE FLEAS!”

Also, Farley has his own instagram account, and you can bet I’m following him. You can too. (Farley’s page here).

Finally, the absolute highlight of my week has to be this:

Glen Hansard Instagram Live on Songwriting

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Honestly, there are so many things I could say. This was a joy, not only to hear about his process, but also to hear him play a few selections, answer questions live and also just get lost in different trains of thought.

When I first moved to Dublin, I thought, “this is it, I’ll finally get to see Glen Hansard perform live.” So far, that hasn’t happened, and with the way things are going, it may not happen for a long while yet. But these sessions (he also did one for his 50th birthday a few weeks ago) have been giving me hope and comfort. I can listen to his music endlessly, and it’s helped me through countless joyful and tough times alike. And to hear a musician whom I respect so very much say things like, “when things aren’t coming, I don’t push it,” when speaking of writing, of his creative process, it feels so very honest and human.

My favourite phrase of the evening was “tuning out to tune in”. It sums up this weird time perfectly, and maybe it’s what we all should be doing more of. Spending this time discovering what we should tune out so we can tune into our potential. And write the damn song! Although, in his lovely voice, Glen assured everyone that “a song will come forward when it’s meant to.” And I’m going to trust that.

But sure, that’s enough of me singing his praises. Now what I want to know is:

What are you tuning into this week?

Take care, and take some time to tune in.


(Header Photo courtesy Pixabay user Kranich17)

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