Christmas at The Ark

By Joe McKenna

Christmas at the Ark

The cold is here, Santa’s polishing Rudolph’s nose while all the other reindeer stare on with envy and the elves are flat out trying to make Christmas the most wonderful time of the year for young children. But that’s just one day out of the season. What about the rest of it? The panto is too expensive and let’s face it, thereís only so much Jedward one person can take. Well good news, The Ark centre of Temple Bar has just the thing.

As a cultural centre for children The Ark provides a space where youngsters can engage in creative activities and explore their own creativity in a nurturing and unique environment set amongst the hustle and bustle of Temple Bar. With a specifically designed building which houses a rooftop art studio, a small theatre (designed as a miniature version of Shakespeare’s Globe in London) and an exhibition space The Ark is a one off in the arts for children. This Christmas they will introduce kids to the brilliance of Charles Dickens with a special performance of A Christmas Carol to celebrate 200 years of the great author.

‘Aaron Monaghan (The Tudors) and Bryan Burroughs (The Blanch) will perform the entire story in 45mins using their bodies, their voices, many hats, some scarves, fairy lights and an Ikea coat rack. It’s set to be really great fun,’ Muireann Sheahan of The Ark told NewsFour.

Showing on the 8th, 15th and 22nd of December and with a fairly priced ticket at 10/8 euros concession it’s one to look out for.