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Win Tickets to Waiting for Elvis at axis Ballymun

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.WaitingforElvis

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.


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Review: Silent at axis Ballymun

‘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. 

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Win Tickets to Silent at axis Ballymun

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.

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