What's on in Cork
In quaint, lovely Cork, there’s always something to see and participate in, no matter what time of year. See what's on this week [below]...
The Muppets tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve. This retelling is an excellent family drama that adults and children alike can enjoy.
Michael Caine, surrounded by legions of fuzzy, felt puppets, plays it straight as the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge. Working for the skinflint is his faithful employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog), who begs Scrooge for a day off for Christmas. Scrooge reluctantly agrees and goes home on Christmas Eve filled with bile at the holiday merrymakers. But then he is visited by the sprits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and Scrooge, after revisiting his sorrowful past, hate-filled present, and doomed future, turns over a new leaf and becomes the most generous and celebratory person in town.
The annual Cork Opera House Christmas Concert, promises a magical evening of Christmas song and seasonal cheer. Arranged, directed and conducted by renowned Cork composer John O’Brien, the concert will feature an array of talented vocalists, musicians, and local choirs.
Soloists include the internationally renowned Cork soprano Mary Hegarty and critically acclaimed Limerick tenor Owen Gilhooly along with classically-trained Cork vocalist Gemma Sugrue. They will be accompanied by the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra and the Cork Opera Operatic Society Chorus. Joining them on stage will be local school choirs – The Choir of Regina Mundi College and Cór Bunscoil Chríost Rí of Turner’s Cross.
"This voice has every reason to find an international audience as broad and enthusiastic as she has found at home" - Nicki French Davis,
While Elly O'Keeffe's stunning vocal has earned comparisons to legendary chanteuses like Eva Cassidy and Janis Joplin, her,voice is immediately recognisable by her earthy tones and soulful melodies; two particular qualities that make her stand out from the crowd. The raw and untainted nature of her talent is emphasised further by the use of her natural accent during performances. Such honesty and purity is also reflected in this young artist's addictive personality and effortless charisma, which is evident both on and off stage.
The various Cork City Libraries have a wonderful selection of events lined up for December for children.
Events include Story Times, Card Making Workshops, and Colouring Competitions. Locations include Grand Parade, Bishopstown, Blackpool, Douglas, Hollyhill, Mayfield and Tory Top Road Ballyphehane.
Full details of events and the Christmas Opening Hours can be found here.
Following the Improvised Panto’s enormous success on the mainstage last year, they’re back, and they’re bigger and better than ever!
Back for a sixth year to present a different panto each night, based on the audience’s decision. It’s all improvised, so nothing is prepared or scripted.
Audiences can enjoy a night of madness packed to the brim with laughter, with fun, with made-up hilarity, on the spot songs, dance, poetry and insane dialogue!
LIVE musicians, LIVE laughter, LIVE chaos!
Ideal for Christmas and Office parties! Group rates available.
This is panto as you’ve truly never seen it before.
Dates: Thurs 15th – Sun 18th, Tues 20th – Thurs 22nd December, 2016
Tickets: €15 & €12 concession
Age: 18+ (not suitable for smallies)
Join Red and all the gang for the adventure of a lifetime! Get ready for the biggest, boldest, wolf Cork has ever seen, played by Keith Hanley, winner of the Voice of Ireland 2014; magic and giggles await in Cork’s favourite traditional panto – guaranteed to enthral the whole family!
Starring Nessa O’Callaghan and Charlotte O’Halloran as ‘Red Riding Hood’, Ciarán Bermingham as ‘Granny’, Keith Hanley as ‘The Wolf’, Michael Sands, Fionula Linehan, Kelly-Ann Murphy, Niamh O’Mahony and many more.