A few days are left of the Tiger Dublin Fringe festival, which runs in several venues across the city. The festival provides a great chance to catch new works in the areas of theatre, art, music, performance art, dance and much more.

fringe1While the festival can be a bit hit and miss when it comes to quality, reviews of productions can be readily found at this late stage. But then again, there is the caveat of “one man’s treasure…”

If you’re looking for something unsettling then check out You’re Not Alone (16th-19th Sept, Peacock), a play centred on the theme of male loneliness, whose programme warns of its distressing content.  While troubling at times, this performance has been noted by many critics for its moving nature.

For those seeking an immersive experience Mother You (16th-20th, Block B Cultural Space) is the answer. Set in a disused warehouse this piece, the audience is invited to become part of a township that is home to corruption and prophecy. Dance, live performance, video art and ritual are combined in this experimental work.

Of course there is a lighter side to the Fringe! Scotch & Soda, playing in the wonderful Spiegeltent on the 19th and 20th, is a mesh of circus performances, comedy and music. To see acrobats complete daredevil stunts with jazz music blaring out head there this weekend.

 Tiger Dublin Fringe – Until 20th of September, www.fringefest.com


Luckily we don’t need to venture far from Belfield campus to have a cinematic night out. UCD’s own cinema may not show the very latest blockbusters, but it does supply a great mix of documentaries, art house works and those big name titles which you may have missed in the cinema first time around.

This Friday, the 18th, is Culture Night, and to celebrate that UCD’s Cinema is putting on two films free of charge.

Anime lovers should pop along at 6pm to see A Letter to Momo. The film follows the story of Momo, a young girl whose father has recently died and whose mother has relocated the family from Tokyo to a remote island, where time has seemingly stood still. Full of fantasy and mystery the movie sees Momo adjust to her new surroundings and deal with her grief.

The second offering for Culture Night is You’re Ugly Too (8.30pm), an independent Irish film that found great favour with critics this summer. Aidan Gillen stars as convict on compassionate leave to take care of his orphaned niece (Lauren Kinsella). It explores the relationship between this mismatched pair, watching them learn to deal with one another’s tics and faults.

There are a number of summer hits playing this week too, such as Mad Max and Jurassic World. If you are quite the film addict then check out UCD cinema’s season pass: 30 movies for €25 in semester one.


Freshers’ Week Festivitiesrave

Perhaps you missed out on the Freshers’ Ball and Scooter. Perhaps you avoided it like the plague. Whatever the case there are still a bunch of new semester’s antics to get up to.

On Wednesday night Concrete Jungle holds host to a Pillow Fight party. Yes, that’s right. The latest gimmick is chucking feather sacks at one another. But as gimmicks go this does sound like a decent sort of one.  Sensible-ish clothing is much to be recommended.

And then if you are the kind of weird person who likes to leave their pillow before 7am, you should pop along to the SU’s morning rave. It kicks off at the ungodly hour of 7.30 on Thursday morning in the Astra Hall, and word has it that there are some kind of goodies in store for all those early birds who go along.

– Una Power, Co-Editor