Tickling the Ivories

This week’s Sparkles include lovely livestream options, an incredible line-up from Irish National Opera an the 5 year celebration of Waking the Feminists
From an exhibition at VISUAL Carlow

Hello everyone, and welcome back to my weekly Sparkles.

For those who made it through the mountain of my last post, where I deftly navigated the political waters like some sort of magical apolitical unicorn, thank you for coming back.

As for this week, I’ve had one of the more productive weeks of the last year, so I’m going to ride this high until it runs out. Not only have I played piano more this week than I have in the last 8 months, I also rehearsed in an actual rehearsal room this week. It was sheer bliss.

Now, I think we’re all over the political malarkey going on, from #LeoTheLeak to #CountEveryVote to a possible vaccine and much more, I’m going to keep this week’s Sparkles short and sweet.

Lovin’ the livestreams

It’s not ‘theatre’ necessarily, but I’m such a sucker for classical music, I couldn’t help but tune into this concert by Finglin Collins at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire. I would highly encourage you to check it out while it’s available. (I’d recommend listening/watching in your fuzzy slippers and a glass of vino in your hand.)

Nothing like watching a real professional tickling the ivories to put my own *limited* talents in perspective.

Speaking of music, and perhaps unpopular opinion: I love opera. I cannot wait to tune into Irish National Opera’s #20ShotsofOpera. Filming at the Gaiety Theatre, and working with the RTE Symphony Orchestra, this is sure to be a whopper of a show. As stated on their website, this will be ‘the biggest single-event commissioning project in Irish musical history’. I can’t wait.

You can check out more about the line-up HERE. Composers include a previous Stage Door Live guest, Conor Mitchell, who joined us for a Special Report with our Associate Producer Janice De Broithe. This project will be available to stream from December 17th.


I absolutely MUST mention the 5th anniversary of #WakingTheFeminists and the slew of social posts about that day at the Abbey Theatre. (Irish Theatre Institute is looking to identify every single person in this photo. Is that your arm? Or half of your face? Let them know!)

What a bunch of kick-ass women making history.

In the Diary

I want to know MORE about Abbey Theatre’s, The Engine Room. They teased this project last week, and I want to know all about it! (Although their announcement won’t embed in this post for some reason).

You can check out the limited information on this programme HERE.

Since I first heard about Charlie’s a Clepto from writer/actor Clare Monnelly, I have been dying to see it! Lucky for me, the show will be livestreamed on the 20th of September as part of Axis Ballymun’s Bootleg programme.

Cannot wait.

There are so many fabulous artists in the line-up with Axis Ballymun’s programme, you won’t want to miss a moment.

Take the Mickey (no please, take it.)

I’ll leave you with this. As an American, I can guarantee this would’ve been taken in the innocent manner it was meant. As someone who has lived in Ireland for going on 5 years now, I have to giggle to myself.

Click on it and look at the comments. You won’t be disappointed.

If you had any doubts, I definitely watched Emily in Paris from start to finish, despite horrible writing and questionable plot points. We all want to live in Paris working for a PR firm right?

I’m Abbie in Abu Dhabi.

What’s you Netflix series name?

Take care of yourselves and each other.

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