Dublin Theatre Festival – Top Picks

Booking in the Dublin Theatre Festival opens tomorrow! You can see the full line up here, and as ever, there’s quite a few to get through.There’s no way anyone could go to everything, so you just have to take a chance on what you think might be the best of the bunch and cross your fingers. Also, keep an eye on twitter for the word on the street for what is unmissable.

Here are a couple of suggestions, or nudges in a particular direction –

1. The Boys of Foley Street – after last years ‘Laundry‘ set in the Magdalene laundry in Sean McDermott street, this is another from the same team, Anu productions. This one “which explores the social history of this notorious area in Dublin’s north inner-city” and is not to be missed!

2. Hamlet – The weird and wonderful Wooster Group visit Ireland for the first time. This will be anything but a dull night of Shakespeare and the video below should give you an idea of what to expect. The play “repurposes the film version of Richard Burton’s legendary 1964 Broadway version of Hamlet”, I’ve no idea what that means either but am looking forward to finding out!

3. Everyone is King Lear in their own home – Yes, Shakespeare is really taking a beating this year, and this time Ireland’s Pan Pan attack the Bard, and “present a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s famous play of consequence and madness”. Their previous work on Hamlet ‘The Rehearsal, playing the Dane’ won best production in the 2010 Theatre awards.

4. Dubliners – Corn Exchange covert Joyces collection of short stories for the stage, which promises to be “a provocative and startlingly relevant witness to a masterpiece”. The company are risking a limb by working with texts such as these, and lets hope it comes off for them.

5. The Coming Storm –Another touring company, and another one with a big reputation, in the UK’s Forced Entertainment. This one incorporates “live music, wrong-headed theatrical tricks and broken dances, The Coming Storm is Forced Entertainment at its best”.

There’s also the Druid Murphy plays and a look at the life of Meave Brennan in The Talk of the Town (by Emma O’Donoghue of Room fame). Heck, there’s to many to mention. I think you’ll have to explore for yourself...

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