With Dublin Fringe Festival gone by fast, we only have 5 days to get ourselves sorted and ready for another cultural event – Dublin Theatre Festival. It is always a great way to celebrate one of Ireland’s favourite art forms. So, what’s on this year? As always – loads. I am picking performances that have caught my attention while flicking through the program (btw, thank you DTF for sending it in to me personally via post).
If These Spasms Could Speak – if you are not into emotional performances, that are going to make you laugh and cry at the same time, stay away. It is an outstanding solo performance based on a collection of funny, sad, touching and surprising stories about disabled people and their bodies. Runs Sept 25 – 27 in Project Arts Centre.
Vardo – Anu Productions are in action again with their site specific performance. They are going to take you to the underworld of Dublin’s north inner city. Contains strong language and material that some may find disturbing. This event is of a participatory nature and limited to 4 people per performance. This performance is not suitable for patrons who have impaired mobility or special access. Running Sept 23 – Oct 12 in Oonagh Young Gallery.
Spinning – contemporary tragedy that promises to reach out to the the bottom of your heart and probably make you wander what would you do? What does it feel like to lose everything? To explain? To forgive? Runs Oct 1 – 12 in Smock Alley Theatre, Main Space.
Our Few and Evil Days – written by a genius Mark O’Rowe. This chilling yet deeply human story about the limits of devotion and complicated relationships within a a close family circle. A definite not to miss. Runs Sept 26 – Oct 11 in Abbey Theatre.
Frequency783 – explores the hopes and fears of people who imagine a future that they may never have a chance to realise. In this bold new production Brokentalkers examine perspectives on health, ageing and the future from the point of view of two very different generations.. Runs Oct 1 – 5 in Project Arts Centre
There is of course something for kids as well:
A Mano – is a story, told with clay, about a small character with a great desire to escape from a shop window and those who inhabit it. It is a love story, a story about small failures. A potter’s wheel, a tiny workshop, a cup that breathes and four hands that play.
The Way Back Home – based on the hugely successful book by Irish author Oliver Jeffers. When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: he flies into outer space!
The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy – Cheeseboy’s home planet has been reduced to a bubbling fondue. Where are his paren
ts? How did he become marooned on earth? Gypsies have given him a home, of sorts, but Cheeseboy is distracted by strange longings and stranger powers…
The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean – winner of the 2012 Theatre Award UK for Best Show for Children and Young People. Everything is flat, pressed, squished. A dusty, musty smell mixes with the scent of old lavender and a string lifts a flap to reveal a hidden door. Slowly, page-by-page, the scrapbook becomes the window into a secret world and a curious life unfolds before us. But who was Josephine Bean? Get your children to The Ark. Runs Oct 9 – 12