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Last year we had a 3D paper design of Dublin City by Ciara Rapple, fairytale creatures by Nicola Colton, a 'very large' painting by David Booth, a tasty food cover by Issy Uhlemann, a fabulous fashion shot by Sean Jackson and a Rasputin-inspired piece by Diarmiud O'Catháin.

Before that, it was Raul Arantes, Faye George, Trevor Finnegan, Jamie Saunders and Eleanor Reilly that wowed us with graphic design, illustration and photography. This year? It should be you.

Our almost nearly yearly Covers Competition returns over Christmas and we are looking for entries to grace the opening le cool issues of 2013. Irrespective of your background or field of expertise we want to uncover the fresh princes and princesses of creative work. Do you have what it takes to wow our 16,000 subscribers and rouse the Broadsheet.ie rabble?

Be warned though, as this year we've assembled a crack team of infallible judges who cannot be bought. Just as well, as we aren't paying them. To submit a piece and see the full details, CLICK HERE. To the winner(s) go the spoils.

Who thinks they are a cover star this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy or Jerath.

My favourite bit is the killing of the budgie - Vera Reshto
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November 29 2012


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
Until 8th January, launch tonight 6-8pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Christmas Print Exhibition

The Copper House Gallery is bringing seasonal cheer with this jovial group exhibition, or, for those of us hunting down the perfect print to wrap up under the Christmas Tree, this one-stop-shop. Coz what Marks and Sparks is to socks, The Copper House is to prints. There'll be a slight feeling of déjà vu, as the halls will be decked with the works of familiar faces. Phil McDarby and his fantastical woodlands, Steve Simpson and his eccentric circus of illustrations,the inimitable Seán Hillen, as well as Jimmy Murakami (The Snowman), Kevin McSherry (I'll have what he's on), Peter Donnelly (work pictured), Mario Sughi, Niamh Sharkey (watch out, Disney!), Una Gildea and others. Phew. Get your December on, and this exhibition will turn that Grinchy frown upside down. / Ciara Byrne

 

November 29 2012


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7:30pm

how much
€17.50

gig
Purity Ring

Forget Rihanna, The Script and whatever one-hit wonder(s) the current season of X Factor will hand-feed to a fully suspecting, complicit audience. It's 2012, surely pop music has more to offer? Thankfully it does. Purity Ring – singer Megan James and instrumentalist Corin Roddick – write tunes that sound like the offspring of a dozen disparate genres. From hip-hop to post-dubstep their influences are processed and condensed into bite-size pop gems complete with ear-worm melodies and auto-tuned vocals. Already, their live show, a fantastical LED-filled interpretation of their kaleidoscopic imagination, has wowed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Faced with the inevitable deluge of year-end "best of" polls, the Canadian duo's visit is a timely reminder that their debut Shrines deserves a top slot on each and every list. Win TicketsBrian Keane

   
 

November 29 2012


where
Mabos, 8 Hanover Quay, Dublin 2


when
6pm

how much
Free/Donate to Dogs in Distress

exhibition
Celebrity Dogs of South America

The idea of photographing street dogs in South America that look like celebrities is a sufficiently mad concept that should have you speculating as to its contents for hours beforehand with your mates. Will there be a Winehouse with a bouffant and scuffed, bloodied ballet pumps? A Jack Russell with an inexplicable Mexican moustache that would see Tom Selleck weeping and reaching for the razor, defeated? A poodle with an expression as vacuous as Paris Hilton's? Impossible, but here's hoping! A greyhound with the physique of Kate Moss and a flair for fashion? "Irish Greyhound Champion 'Broth of a Boy' loves mixing high end with high street!" - Heat Magazine, the canine issue. Jesting aside, this is a fundraising exhibition for Dogs in Distress so put a Hollywood smile on the cute curs for Christmas. / Cora Burke

 

November 29 2012


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
6:30pm

how much
Free

talk
Refresh Dublin: A-Z of Design Influences

Something's happened in Dublin...bit by bit, small but uber-cool design is crawling on to our streets. If you've taken a stroll down Clarendon Row of late, you might have seen the concrete, grey car parking spaces, usually all very Soviet, brightened with a stylized blue and yellow pattern; or the manner in which Dublin Contemporary had an even bigger Mexican Standoff at Front Arch when art was projected onto the faschia of Trinity. There was the Tank Collective who hit the streets with phoneboxes pimped out by Designgoat and Leo Scarff, amongst others. So what's next? Where will our inspiration come from? David Pope (of designpusher.net) will lead a discussion on his own sources of inspiration. Get inspired and influenced at this talk. / Cora Burke

   
 

November 30 2012


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
7:30pm

how much
€21.50

gig
Shuggie Otis

There are cult heroes, and then there are your cult hero's cult heroes. Shuggie Otis in one of the latter, virtually forgotten until the late '90s when a sudden upsurge of interest in his work led to David Byrne's label reissuing his final album Inspiration Information (recorded when the prodigious multi-instrumentalist was just 21) to universal praise. Listening to that record now, it doesn't sound ahead of time rather than outside of it, a very personal sound world of puttering drum machines, gently psychedelic guitar flourishes (surprisingly, the reclusive Otis was asked by The Rolling Stones to join the band around this time) and Shuggie's soothingly stoned vocals. I'm not sure what to expect from this latest comeback, but the chance to see Strawberry Letter 23 played by the man who wrote it is too good to miss. / Conor McDevitt

 

November 30 2012


where
Little Green Gallery & Cafe, 13 High Street Christchurch Dublin 7


when
9pm

how much
Free

club night
Gold Goes on Tour

Gold! You've got the power to kno-ow, you're indestructible! Until you have one Bud too many and make the epic mistake of busting out the worm, or some other godforsaken dance move that you should have left behind at the school disco in 1996, along with Whigfield and stirruped leggings. This clubnight at Little Green, however, is gonna be gold, with all the disco spingle spangle of one of Tony Blackburn's sequined jackets and the smooth of Donna Summer's dance moves. She felt that love, yup yup. We're promised a soundtrack of Cyndi Lauper who "...spent two weeks in the woods with her dog, Sparkle, trying to find inspiration...", Sister Sledge, and Wham! Presumably in order to get Andrew Ridgeley a few quid in Royalties for his dinner. Good as.. / Cora Burke

 

November 30 2012


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€16

gig
Stars

Stars first rolled into my world because I worked with them. In a former existence, I had the honour to tell the dozen or so musically appreciative DJs and media folk here about Set Yourself on Fire, their high watermark indie release back in 2005. I also happened to introduce them to their future manager, my friend Eoin O'Leary, when he helped them lug gear to their van from the Sugar Club. While their follow up albums were considered patchy, tonight they return to these shores off the bounce back of The North, a reaffirmation of what they do best - gazing upon love and reflecting upon mortality. The love/hurt spark between frontman Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan remains essential to their constellation they create on the likes of Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It. Reach for the.... / Michael McDermott

   
 

December 01 2012


where
Merrion Square, Dublin 2
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when
10am-6pm

how much
Free entry

pop-up
Merrion Square Pop-Up Design Shop

For me what makes Dublin so magical and picture perfect at Christmas are the reliable Georgian squares and streets lined with the era's architecture and decorated from the inside out via high portrait windows that look in at warm fires and twinkling trees. Other seasonal favourites of mine are mulled wine and mulling about town, familiar faces in crowds, each and everyone focused on buying presents. Well fancy this, the Irish Architectural Archives are throwing their Merrion square paneled doors open for a one day pop-up co-hosted by the Irish Design Shop. Standout gifts will be Garvan deBruir's sheepskin-lined laptop bags, Jenny Walsh's witty clocks, Merle O'Grady's jewellery, stationary brand Keep Sketch and Little Hill Design's gorgeous chopping boards. Warmth provided by the designers themselves, a chorus and spiced swigs. / Georgia

 

December 01 2012


where
Graphic Studio Gallery, Through the Arch, off Cope Street, Temple Bar, D2
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when
10am-6pm

how much
Free entry

fundraiser
Sketchbooks

With slashes to arts funding a constant threat lingering over any artistic institution, it's ever-prudent for a call on the public to support those whose arms never tire, despite having waved the cultural flag for nigh on a quarter of a century. For one day only the Graphic Studio Gallery will have pages of procrastination, practice and productivity on display for Sketchbooks, a fundraiser to see them triumphantly into 2013. Artists such as Colm Mac Athlaoich (work pictured), Camille Souter, and Paddy Graham (alongside nearly 200 others) have donated a leaf from their Moleskines and Keep Sketches, and for the set price of €50 you can bag whichever piece inspires you most. They're as limited as 'limited edition' gets, and will look far better on your wall than Campbell's Soup Cans or that overly glossy print of Che Guevara. / Jerath Head

 

December 01 2012


where
The Shed, Fairholm, Abbey Road, Blackrock, Co. Dublin,


when
10am-6pm, runs until Dec 24

how much
Free

launch
Makers and Brothers

The Brother Makers Jonathan and Mark Legge are bringing it all back to their Shed after a year that has seen them bring pop-up ventures to New York and London (Design Week), showcasing their independent craft and all those who sail with them. Today they are back in Blackrock, promising a burning braizer (and not brazier burning as I first misread) in the courtyard. Featuring Gemma Holt's gold jewellery, Claire O'Brien's knitted animals and crockery by Max Lamb, among others. Makers and Brothers are part of a new wave of ambassadors for design who can sit proudly online, in our homes or nestled in the pages of bibles such as Wallpaper, Monocle or Port. Talking to 189.com they said their over arching lesson to date is to "just get on with things" The story of Ireland 2012. / Michael McDermott

   
 

December 01 2012


where
Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green West, Dublin 2
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when
7pm

how much
€12.50

album launch
Sfumato

With a pastoral folk feel and vocals reminiscent of Erlend Øye from Kings of Convenience, Daithí Ó hÉignigh's debut album These Things Between makes you want to lie on a bed of straw and blow dandelion seeds into the summer sun. Employing everyone from a Gospel Choir to an uileann piper, Ó hÉignigh doesn't shy from a fleshed out feel best deployed on languid moments such as Pound or more uptempo offerings like The Past.  His instrumental affair will be accentuated ten-fold in the setting and sanctity of a space like the Unitarian Church. Sfumato meaning 'gone up in smoke' or 'without lines and borders' was apparently a painting technique favoured by DaVinci. These's every chance that memories of tonight may linger a little longer. / Zach Joyce

 

December 01 2012


where
National Concert Hall, 2 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2,
01 417 0077‎
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when
8pm

how much
€13-€40

concert
At The Movies

There's something about a film score that transports you beyond the mere remembrance of a film. It evokes the swelling emotions that you experienced as you soaked the thing in, and kind of contextualizes your own relationship with the film. Of course, there are also instances in which the context is isolated from the actual film, and you have your own unique relationship with a song or score regardless of what you've seen. For instance, I've never seen The Wizard of Oz, but one of my earliest memoires is of dinners at primary school, when one of the boys used to sing Follow the Yellow Brick Road as he ate only the yellow vanilla in his Raspberry Ripple ice cream. The RTÉ Orchestra always ensures you a rip-roaring hootenanny of a time, and this will be so feel-good that Dr. Feelgood will have to change their name. Win Tickets / Carmel Screech

 

December 01 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€10

gig
The Haxan Cloak

At first glance The Haxan Cloak appears to live in the shadows. His warped, paranoid samples, eerie artwork and a fascination with antique text and imagery hints at a man possessed. Part of the Tri Angle records crew, The Haxan Cloak fits in perfectly with their 'witch house' genre. His self-titled string-laden debut continues this theme (some tracks could be out-takes from The Exorcist score), yet his 2012 release takes a more electronic approach. Believing that "sound is not only aural but can be very physical", and given his background in visual art, his live show take us through a supernatural vortex. Part warlock, part conductor we are guided through organic loops and sorcerer style visuals. Don't be rattled however - there is an allure to this mania. Dark doesn't have to mean dangerous. Win TicketsRachel Hegarty

   
 

December 01 2012


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
Free

gig
Thought-Fox

Lauren Kinsella, jazz vocalist and leading light behind Thought-Fox has travelled the globe over the last few years perfecting her singing. Spells spent studying South Indian vocal technique in Bangalore and a music scholarship to Sweden's Fridhems Folkhögskola have given Kinsella's sound a very individual flavour. Graduating from Newpark Music School in 2010, Kinsella has recently begun her Masters in jazz singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Amid all this academic fervour she's found time for a debut album. Released on Diatribe Records as part of Music Network's Musicwide programme, My Guess was produced by noted saxophonist Nick Roth. Tonight, Dubliners have a chance to see the quintet in action at the CD launch party. On the strength of this reviewer's listening - expect the album to sell like hot cakes. / Des FitzGerald

 

December 01 2012


where
The Village , 26 Wexford Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€25

gig
Yeasayer

When Yeasayer cancelled their gig in The Button Factory, the news was met with a chorus of naysaying. But worry not, for the Brooklynites are making amends and returning to play in The Village this Saturday. Descended from the same lineage as their contemporaries Animal Collective, MGMT and TV On The Radio, Yeasayer fuse genres and musical tropes to create an intoxicatingly dreamy brand of pop that is all their own. Celebrating the release of their third album Fragrant World, which sees the trio take a leap into progressive, distorted pop, these merchants of psychedelic-pop deal in contagious earworms and languid cuts alike that are sure to have you pumping fists like you're in an O2 ad.  If the question is, "Yeasayer - Yea or nay?" the answer is surely, "Yea." / Amy O'Connor

 

December 01 2012


where
The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€14.50

gig
Wild Nothing

Wild Nothing originally caught the attention of critics in 2010 with their stunning, jangly debut, Gemini. A reverie of dreamy joints steeped in nostalgia and eighties influence, the album marked the act as ones to watch. The creation of bright young thing Jack Tatum, Wild Nothing returned this year with their follow-up Nocturne. Far from a sophomore slump, the album sees Tatum return with a combination of detached vocals and a lush sonic palate complete with shimmery guitars and romantic synths. His wistful melodies offer the listener a pleasant route through which to escape and daydream. Having supported kindred spirits Beach House on a North American tour earlier this year, Wild Nothing finally break out on their own and will visit our shores this Saturday. Don't miss them. Win Tickets / Amy O'Connor

   
 

December 02 2012


where
The Back Loft, La Catedral Art Studios, 7-11 St Augustine St, Dublin 8


when
10am-3pm

how much
€10 per class/€50 Day Pass

workshop
Circustravaganza

As Napoleon Dynamite pointed out, 'girls only like boys who have good skills,' and as most of us are aware there's nothing more romantic then running away to the circus. Two very good reasons to go to Circustravaganza. Also I don't know about you but I've never been to one, so there's another reason. I can only imagine the fun it's going to be. Oh, for even one day to be part of the Big Top excitement! Since this summer I have taken up hula hooping; I like it's rhythmic, meditative aspect. There's only so much Youtube videos can explain to you though so I'm going to focus on getting some sound, personalised advice from the tutors and being impressed by their up-close tricks. I'm not sure what hat manipulation is but the other classes are for various levels of juggling and clowning, body movement, poi and diablo. What a day out. / Georgia

 

December 02 2012


where
The Chocolate Factory, 26 King's Inn Street, Dublin 1


when
12pm-7pm (every weekend until Christmas)

how much
Free entry

fair
Chocolate Factory Christmas Fair

This one is for all ye hip creatures nestled in the gay ole village of Dublin 8, still smug I gather, after that Irish Times article. This event piles onto the pre-Christmas shopping juggernaut with creative crafty finds from a burgeoning creative community based there and some home-made produce. Stalls will be selling crafts, photography, art and jewellery. Even Santa Claus has been nosing around the hip district having read THAT article (not to be confused with THIS one). There will be live music and entertainment every Saturday. Hot food will be also for sale as well as traditional mulled wine and mince pies alongside Christmas Trees on the Factory Floor. Being an old old Williams & Woods Chocolate Factory, am sure the Spirit of Willy Wonka will bless proceedings. Competition for the Newmarket Co-op? / Elish Bul-Godley

   
 

December 03 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
6:30pm

how much
€7

choir
The Lost Keys

The bewilderingly popular effect of TV's Glee has been to make the choir cool; a good ten years too late for me though, cheers. No longer is the choir a place of refuge from the school-yard at lunch-time for the aesthetically / intellectually / socially challenged, but a place of cool (if ya got the windpipes for it, mind). Forget angelic choir-boys and the hymn book, this drop-in choir got attitude. It's way more The Commitments than Songs of Praise, if you get my drift. If you've recovered from that time your voice broke during Pie Jesu and you got demoted to the Agnus Dei, then give yourself a last dusting down and check it out. / Cora Burke

 

December 03 2012


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€33.50

gig
Richard Hawley

Although it appeared to many that Richard Hawley sprang forth, fully formed, with his 2005 release Coles Corner, this was a guy who had already paid his dues. He is a musician who has always grafted for his song craft, having apprenticed in nearly-there bands such as Treebound Story and Longpigs. He also played with Pulp for three years prior to the Mercury nomination. His music pays homage to seminal rock and roll and rockabilly but Hawley is no mere parodist, he is a superbly talented songwriter in his own right. The lush string arrangements of previous long-players have given way to a much more aggressive, serrated sound on this year's Standing at the Sky's Edge and you can expect his band to be tight as fuck. Put on your fines and run a comb through your hair, this bluff son of Sheffield has real steel in him.../ Mr and Mrs Stevens

 

December 03 2012


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
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when
11am-5pm, launches Thurs. 29th at 6pm

how much
Free Entry

exhibition
Craft Portfolio

Crafts are kinda quintessentially Irish. Just like Crufts is quintessentially British. Every sleepy Irish village has a madman artist with a shopfront coated in shells, stocking glass bottles foraged from the sea with depictions of local fenian heroes on them. Luckily, the RHA know how to sort the wheat from the chaff, which they demonstrate year round with their pop-up shops, and consolidate in this well timed (pre-Christmas) extravaganza of spectacular exhibits that will have you frothing with inspiration. Exhibitors will include Patricia Clyne-Kelly, Eily O'Connell and Jennifer Hickey. You'll be forced to rethink that desk tidy you planned on making for your boyfriend out of old fairy liquid bottles, for sure. / Clara Penn

   
 

December 04 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
Launch 7:30pm, runs until 6 December

how much
Free

exhibition
Vis Arts Soc Exhibition

Going to Trinity isn't just about seeing if you can get through four years of a timetable that often requires you to be in a learning environment for an entire FOUR HOURS A WEEK, whilst making sure to drink at least one shoulder of Huzzar every other day and keep up to date on all the trash that 4oD has to offer...Some superhuman students and staff manage not just this, but find the time to pursue less academic and more creative interests - by god, 'twas only the other week that former TN2 editor and current student Alex Towers was our cover artist! The arts block pigeons will descend upon the Twisted Pepper to show that artisticness at Trinners goes beyond inventive ways of clashing your brothel creepers with your hoisery. / Carmel Screech

 

December 04 2012


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
See here

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Sightseers

Ben Wheatley's caravan holiday / erotic odyssey / murder spree for the dodgy jumper set is flawless. From the scripts of Tina (Alice Lowe) and Chris (Steve Oram), he fashions two arch but loveable scoundrels. Abandoning a contrary and needy mother, Tina's fledgling romance descends into a hilariously gruesome misadventure. The cast of victims makes us sympathetic to their exploits, such is the brilliance of the comic narrative. There's shamans in campsites, smug marrieds, boozy hens and nerd inventors. As Tina relishes the role of being Chris's muse for his feeble writing efforts, she becomes complicit in his darker deeds. Taking in the dour delights of tramway villages and pencil museums, it turns into more roadkill than roadtrip. Add the fantastic soundtrack and some stunning scenery, and Sightseers is a sight to behold. / Michael McDermott

   
 

December 05 2012


where
National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
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when
10am-4:45pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Taking Stock

The NPA opened its doors in 1998, and has since portrayed Ireland from every angle, in a variety of lights and using most every developing technique imaginable. Taking Stock: the National Photographic Archive from 1998 is it's first retrospective, and a black-and-white to colour, 1800s to present-day ode to themes such as Employment & Travel, Notable Occasions, Photographic Process and Leisure & Creativity. Far more interesting than that sounds, the exhibition displays 68 of the some 3,000 photographs that have graced the archive's walls, presenting in beautiful original-copy print such historic moments as the (almost comical) Valentine's Day train crash at Harcourt St. Station in 1900, Ireland's first Bloomsday celebration in 1954, and the wise and weathered Samuel Beckett in Café Français, 1985. Pay your respects. / Oscar Knight

 

December 05 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
8.45pm

how much
€11.30

cinema
End of Watch

David Ayer has made a career out of exploring the thin line between cops and criminals in contemporary LA and in the process created some memorable monsters, including Denzel Washington's satanic detective in Training Day and Christian Bale's delusional army vet in the underrated Harsh Times, but the main characters in his latest effort as writer/director are more recognisably human. End of Watch follows two beat cops, played by Jake Gyllenhal and Michael Pena, and the heart of the movie is the partners' relationship, which is cleverly drawn through casual moments of the two actors bantering in their car or on the streets. When the bullets do start flying the film is as tense and visceral as anything, but its those inbetween moments that stay with you, thanks to the unshowy, authentic performances by the lead actors. / Conor McDevitt

   
 
Aaron Heffernan

Fresh from treading the boards of the Abbey in The Picture of Dorian Gray and just before Tender Napalm opening, Aaron Hefferan breaks legs with le cool.

I played a lot of music in school and my mates and myself thought for years that we would be "the band". I did a musical and a panto in school, and I enjoyed that. 

I finished college in July after doing Drama Studies and Classical Civilisation in Trinity. I got into drama, puppetry, comedy and various different things in college, and I just started doing shows there with Players. There's a lot of freedom with our companies Collapsing Horse and A Betrayal of Penguins to build our own stuff.

Tender Napalm takes place in a minimalist space. The setting is a tropical island that two people, a man and a woman, have created themselves. It's the headspace between their relationship. Things from the real world begin getting washed ashore. It reminds them of the normality that they're trying to escape.

Tender Napalm runs in the Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, until December 8th nightly at 8pm. Competition herePHOTO: Mark Duggan