Last month we mentioned our plans to go on a Big Day Out to Dublin to see CIRCA: Wunderkammer as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Well, last Sunday 50 of us met up at Galway’s Ceant train station at stupid o’clock to hop on the train to Dublin.
After a merry trip we arrived in a surprisingly sunny Dublin where we learned to shout like Vikings and walked our way down to the co-op in Newmarket place for the monthly Dublin Flea Market. This hive of hipsters was more than happy to welcome the circus gang and we were more than happy to drink their coffee, munch their sandwiches and buy a ridiculous amount of letter-openers (?!).
After the flea we strolled over to the Gaiety theatre where Eims O’Reilly and her wonderful colleagues from the Dublin Theatre Festival upgraded our already discounted seats and we were able to just happily sit back and enjoy what was one of the most inspiring, jaw-dropping and hair-raising circus shows any of us have ever seen! The CIRCA gang blended comedy, acro, aerial, clowning and mind-blowing strength and conditioning to put on a tremendous display of power and style in a provocative and thoughtful way.
After the show we divided up into smaller groups and attacked the eateries of Dublin’s city centre! Chips were had and games were played. Reggae was listened to and famous people were met! The highlight for the senior group had to be meeting the cast and crew of CIRCA, totally by accident, and being able to thank them for putting on such an inspirational performance. Those of us who didn’t get to meet them aren’t the slightest bit jealous… not one bit!
The train ride home was an experience to say the least, with some people napping, others gently chatting and those of us who really should know better getting incredibly loud and competitive about parlour games!
Everyone had lots of fun and it wouldn’t have been possible without the kind support of Iarnrod Eireann’s “Journey’s on us” scheme and Eims O’Reilly of the Dublin Theatre Festival.