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There is nothing better than taking a mid-week day off and a lunchtime trip to the theatre. Bewleys Café Theatre are currently showing ‘Weighing In’, a fast-paced comedy about life, love and dieting – and how we just need to adjust the scales to find the right balance. It was laugh-out-loud funny and the perfect lunchtime treat.

Starring the perfect team of Isabel Mahon as the uptight, diet-obsessed posh newcomer Pam McGowan and Rose Henderson as the fun-loving, easy-going family woman Breda. After one Easi-Slim meeting the two women strike up an unlikely friendship with Pam encouraging Breda on her quest to shed those stubborn pounds. It is Pam’s enthusiastic energy and obsession with calories that creates the most laughs. The only thing I found a little distracting was the annoying chatter when Rosaleen Linehan voiced the Diet Leader. As their friendship grows and Breda starts to lose the weight, it becomes clear that beneath Pam’s slim exterior lies an insecure woman whose life isn’t as perfect as she makes it out to be. The play doesn’t take itself too seriously and the script is well-written. It is on till January 24th and definitely worth a look.

The sad news of Bewleys refurbishment hit the papers lately but be glad in the knowledge that Powerscourt are hosting Bewleys Café Theatre in the interim so lunchtime theatre lives on.
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Dublin city centre is filled with fun and at times free things to while away your lunch hour. Here are just a few ideas:

1. Merrion Square – September on the Square
Every Tuesday, there is lunchtime music breaks while every Thursday there is lunchtime talks. To see the full line up of events taking place, click on the following link:
http://merrionsquare.ie/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/MSQ_Sept2012_A4.pdf

2. Irish Film Institute – Archive at lunchtime
The Irish Film Institute moved into its present Temple Bar location in September 1992 and, to celebrate 20 years in that spot, the organisation will be hosting a month of special events. As part of IFI20, they present one outstanding Irish short film from each of the 20 years that the IFI has been open. To see the full listing of films, click on the following link:
http://www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-ifi20/

3. National Gallery
The National Gallery offers lunchtime lectures or just spend time visiting their latest exhibition. To see a listing of what’s on, click on the following link:
http://www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

4. National Concert Hall
Sometimes the National Concert Hall offers lunchtime concerts. To see a listing of what’s on, click on the following link:
http://www.nch.ie/Online/default.asp?menu_id=5DA1DC82-C10C-4406-906A-19F7C09BFE51

5. Bewleys Lunchtime Theatre
Bewleys Cafe on Grafton Street puts on a lunchtime show where you can have a bowl of soup while watching a play. Currently showing is Village Wooing by Bernard Shaw. To view their website, click on the following link:
http://www.bewleyscafetheatre.com/

6. The Science Gallery
Visit the award-winning Science Gallery. Their latest exhibition, which runs until 8th September, is ‘Hack the City’ To view their website, click on the following link:
http://sciencegallery.com/

7. Take an Exercise Class
Lunchtime is an ideal time to fit in some exercise. Maybe visit the gym, go for a swim or take an exercise class. If you’re looking for some time out during your stressful work day what about a yoga class. I’d recommend Open Mind Yoga on Pearse Street.

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