'Wish I Were Here' - Smock Alley Theatre + Temple Bar Walk About

It has definitely been a fringe filled weekend.  The Absolut Fringe Festival Dublin is putting on a jam-packed two week schedule of events that defy convention.  We started out on Friday evening at the Smock Alley Theatre.  The venue itself dates back to 1662 -- the original theatre was uncovered underground in 2009 adding more historical significance to the venue.  
As Sidewalk Safari readers know, I love to travel and explore different places.  That's why we decided to see I Wish I Were Here, an intricately staged, travel themed show.  As described in the program: "Four actors hurtle through places of landscape and memory on a journey loaded with bags and baggage". Rushing here and there, they slowly revealed their lives and ambitions.  The story unfolded with items found in each suitcase until each player somehow discovered perfection hidden in one of the suitcases on stage.  A bit challenging to interpret and explain, I think the actors (from IT Sligo's Performing Arts Program) did an outstanding job committing to the piece and conveying both the physical and emotional aspects of the work.  Well done -- definitely recommended.
After the show, we decided to make an evening of it in Temple Bar.
We stopped at Monty's of Kathmandu for dinner.  The chef and staff mostly hailed from Nepal so the experience was quite authentic and the service was very attentive.
They definitely did not hold back on the spiciness to suit the Irish palate which I appreciated -- chilies, chilies, everywhere!
After dinner we walked out to the Ha'Penny Bridge to check out LiffeyTown, another Absolut Fringe Festival installation.  Monopoly style houses were placed along a section of river and illuminated in the night.
We were impressed by the number of musicians playing outside on the streets of Temple Bar.  I really enjoyed this Eastern European inspired trio.
Clearly so did this beer toting gentleman.  Great stuff!

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