With much to savour and so many great productions to look forward to we’re spoiled for choice at Dublin Fringe this year. Here are four highlights to whet your appetite.
STO Union/Sarah Conn + Allison O’Connor with Change of Address
A free, evolving installation in Barnardo Square on Dame Street, from Canadian multi-disciplinary company STO Union and Irish collective Change of Address, who work to connect artists, asylum seekers and refugees. A cluster of tents house people waiting to tell visitors the true story of a moment in their life when everything changed.
Italian actor Silvia Calderoni offers 80 minutes of perception-bending performance that unravels categories. Drawing on Jeffrey Eugenides novel Middlesex, MDLSX is part performance, part monologue and part DJ set, with a freewheeling soundtrack that includes The Knife, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, Talking Heads, REM and the Smiths.
Everything Not Saved
Arriving back into Dublin on a wave of Edinburgh Fringe Festival success for their show BlackCatfishMusketeer, the irrepressible MALAPROP (winners of Spirit of Fringe / Spirit of Project 2015) return to the Dublin Fringe to present new work Everything Not Saved.
It’s about the fallibility of memory and all that implies, conceived and performed by a collective of dynamic emerging theatre-makers.
Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady
Amanda Coogan and Dublin Theatre of the Deaf
An immersive installation in Trinity’s Samuel Beckett theatre from one of Ireland’s top performance artists Amanda Coogan, in collaboration with Dublin Theatre of the Deaf. Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady uses sign language as a choreographic tool to create a visually rich experience that recontextualises Teresa Deevy’s play The King of Spain’s Daughter within the cultural perspective of the deaf community in Ireland.
Words: Rachel Donnelly