If you’re all shook up by this chilly weather and you can’t stop loving Elvis then maybe you’ll forgive my embarrassing puns and enter this competition to win tickets to a new show Waiting for Elvis at axis Ballymun, April 3-13.
This funny new show by Eileen Gibbons tells the story of Lisa Marie who meets a new friend, Elizabeth while she waits for Elvis. More about the show here.
To promote the show, axis are giving away two tickets to ‘Waiting for Elvis’ and a bottle of wine.
To be in with a chance to win, answer the following question: how many concerts did Elvis play outside the US?
Terms: Entries by March 25. Tickets can be redeemed on any date between April 3 and 13, but subject to availability.
‘Mad as a box of frogs.’
That’s one way of describing Fishamble’s show ‘Silent’ by Pat Kinevane which currently plays at axis Ballymun. However look beyond the sing-sing Corkonian’s banter and humbling observations of the realism of homelessness and the crippling effects of depression ring true.
I’m a bit late in the game discovering Silent – which won both a Scotsman Fringe First and The Herald Angel at Edinburgh Fringe last year, but as evidenced by its many performances since its first staging; Silent is a joy of a production and offers the audience both plenty of chuckles as well as food for thought.
An entertaining and extremely physical performer; Kinevane makes his character Tino both friendly and menacing within a moment’s notice. Tino’s childhood recalls a narcissistic mother, a bullied brother and a community that shows little support or awareness of Tino’s plight. Thus we behold the fruits of this childhood as a ruined man stands tormented by his brother’s death and his estrangement from his only son – if only he’d taken care of himself and watched that mental health ad!
Careful lighting and razor sharp sound effects combine to give a very polished production with Kinevane performing effortlessly through the show. Moving swiftly between hilarious stories and impersonations to truly beautiful mime sequences and heart-breaking stories of how this tragic figure’s life spun out of his control; Silent is both a treat but also a show that will haunt you for a long time after the laughter has died down.
Plays until Saturday, October 13 at axis Ballymun. Click here for booking details.
axis Ballymun is a wonderful example of the good arts funding can do in Ireland. The arts centre offers a host of facilities for artists such as rehearsal space, dance studios, an art room; services for the community including a creche, a cafe and bar and space for local community organisations to base themselves; as well as hosting an impressive year-round schedule of events and shows. Whilst being primarily a community arts centre, axis has also mastered the skill of maintaing a very good reputation as a bonafide theatre, consistently hosting great shows.
axis Ballymun’s event guide is brimming with great shows and events such as dancer Philip Connaughton beginning a year-long residency in the centre which will see a number of dance-related events taking place, a visual arts initative ‘Wise Ways’ which will involve older members of the community, Beyond the Brooklyn Sky – a piece of theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival; and a particularly spooky Otherworld festival to mark Halloween.
Also, next month, the theatre will play host to Fishamble and Pat Kinevane’s piece – ‘Silent’, which was the winner of the Scotsman Fringe First award and the Herald Angel at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011. Written and performed by the wonderful Pat Kinevane; Silent tells the tale of a solitary homeless man who recalls happier times.
To celebrate the launch of their new event guide, axis Ballymun is offering a pair of free tickets to Silent at their wonderful theatre this coming October 10-13. To win all you need to do is head on over to Twitter and retweet this message I’ve posted – all retweets will be in with a chance to win. Entries must be made before Wednesday, October 3 at 5pm and the winner will be announced on Thursday.