Dublin Theatre Festival, Dublin
Favorite thing: Much is made of Dublin's links with the world of theatre but compared to comparably sized European cities, it actually offers the theatre-goer less variety of choice than you might be led to believe. Having said that however, you would be unlucky indeed on a visit not to find something to grab your attention by way of dramatic entertainment. I'll outline what I consider the better venues under VT's "Nightlife" section but here I'd like to make a special mention of the annual festival, which now ranks alongside Edinburgh's for sheer craic (as well as drama). The event has had a turbulent history in recent years due to sponsorship problems and other dramatic behind-the-scenes "falling outs" that could have rivalled in narrative the invention of any dramatist, but the festival has survived nonetheless and is held around late Autumn every year. As with Edinburgh, it is often on "the fringe" that one finds the true gems, and the interaction between the thespian world and that of the drinking classes is a welcome development indeed in recent years!
Fondest memory: We went to see "Juno and the Paycock" at the National Theater. Sean O'Casey's is directly across the street. We went back there the second night and spent about five hours teaching the locals how to sing Hank Williams songs with a genuine southern accent.