After – Project Arts Centre – Dublin Fringe Festival Review
Dates Sep 08, 10-14 @ 18:15 0 Tickets €16 / €14 conc.
Other performance Sep 15 @ 15:30
Duration 80 mins – Venue: Project Arts Centre Space Upstairs
It is the end of days. We have arrived at the end of the world and are waiting for the inevitable. A young couple have escaped to an isolated cabin and are spending their last few days together. We see them carrying out mundane daily tasks as they wait. They are being interviewed by a small camera crew, to what end we’re not sure. Is it to have a record of their lives, so some future civilization can stumble upon it or simply to pass the time? We see the madness and solitude of their last few days.
“There’s a mild collective panic setting in, and I was interested in tapping into that. Right now, it feels bigger than us, and so we’re not entirely sure where to begin. Instead we float between denial and fear and I guess, just hoping for the best.” – Liv O’Donoghue
‘After’ is a discussion on what it will be like at the end of the world. The nature of the cataclysm is never made clear but we are aware that it can not be avoided. There is a sense that it was caused by our own hand, that society has damaged nature to such an extent that life cannot continue. The play is broken down into the various stages of grief. We see them dealing with shock, denial and the other stages until they finally arrive at some level of acceptance.
The device of the camera crew allows this to include a feast of multimedia trickery. The production features many short recordings of the couple which are projected onto a screen on the back wall of the set. There is also a camera man on stage for the duration and this live feed is also intermittently projected. The stage is strewn with a variety of old chairs, benches and even a fridge which are used throughout.
While the production is billed as dance on the Fringe website, it is actually more diverse. Movement does play a considerable part, but the piece is more interested in how we will accept our fate. While it is about the destruction of our species it could be about any loss or personal tragedy. There are moments of wild abandon and humour, but in general the production is quite pessimistic in its outlook and there is a sadness at its core. It’s a pensive and contemplative piece about loss and inner loneliness.
Created by Liv O’Donoghue + company
Performance_ Kip Johnson + Jose Miguel JimeneZ + Clara simpson + Liv O’Donoghue
Film_Jose miguel jimenez
Light_Sarah Jane Shiels
Costume_Maria Nilsson Waller