Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 – Tips
With the Fringe Festival starting Saturday, we decided to have a have a look at some of the more exciting productions. With the majority of the shows not having been seen before, we’re going mostly on the companies and people involved, but with 77 productions, spread across 36 venues, it really is worth gambling on a few unusual ones.
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings – Collapsing Horse
Venue – Project Arts Centre – CUBE – 7th – 15th Sept
Collapsing Horse are long standing Fringe Festival favourites. They’re always inventive and sweet!
“In a kitchen, in a theatre, two storytellers and their audience ﬁnd something remarkable — a very old man with enormous wings. The wise neighbour woman tells us he’s an angel. The priest says he’s an imposter. Pilgrims ﬂock to see him, hoping to be healed by him, hoping for a gawp. They leave with something different than what they expected. Adapted from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes Collapsing Horse bring this classic piece of magical realism to the stage in search of its beautiful, strange, emotional richness.”
Afloat – Eva O’Connor & Hildegard Ryan
Venue – Smock Alley Theatre – 1662 – 17 – 21 September
Eva O’Connor is another performer with a long association with the Fringe. We’d know her for ‘My Name is Saoirse‘ among others.
“The climate apocalypse has hit. Dublin is underwater.
Best friends Bláthnaid and Debs have survived, and live on the top ﬂoor of the SIPTU building. With only seagulls and their kayak for company, they spend their days drifting and reminiscing over the last days of Dublin. Debs looks to the future, but Bláthnaid is tormented by guilt. Why were they blind to the wave that was coming? And can they salvage a future from the wreckage?”
Bodies of Water – Eoghan Carrick, Maeve Stone & Jonah King
Venue – The Chocolate Factory – 7th -12th Sept
One with an air of mystery to it! It has a strong team with Eoghan Carrick and Maeve Stone involved.
“An exhibition by an artist you have never heard of.
Ira Dean disappeared at sea in 2009 while making her final artwork. She vanished completely. But was it an accident? A tragedy? A hoax? The mystery has haunted her partner, Jan Kavanagh, for the last decade in her search for clues in the surviving artworks. Join her as she introduces us to the life and work of Ira Dean.”
Collapsible – Margaret Perry
Venue – Abbey Theatre – Peacock Stage – 17th – 21st Sept
This one is just returning from the Edinburgh Fringe where it got a lot of praise. A safe bet, if there is one.
‘I’ll tell you what I really want. I want to jump clean out of my brain.’
Essie’s lost her job. Her girlfriend’s left. But she’s alright. Except lately, she feels more like a chair than a person. One of those folding chairs. Solid one minute. And then. A funny, furious, form-busting new monologue, performed by Breffni Holahan, about holding on in this collapsing world — for anyone who has ever felt crumbly.
Gym Swim Party – Danielle Galligan & Gavin Kostick
Venue – O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College – 11th – 15th Sept
This one sounds really quite unusual. You can see our interview with the creators here.
“Welcome to the turf war to end all wars. The two biggest gym chains in Dublin go head to head to settle old scores and gain control of the city. But when love crosses tribal lines, violence and vengeance gush across the city. Brought to the stage by award-winning director Louise Lowe, this is an epic tale made modern; a fusion of dance, movement and text soaked in sweat and fuelled by desire.”
Irish Food. A Play – JP McMahon
Venue – Rustic Stone Restaurant – 17 South Great George’s Street – 15th – 18th September
This one we’d recommend quite simply as it sounds nice and odd! We know very little about those involved other than it’s an interesting idea and venue.
“Fresh from the Wild Atlantic Way, today’s catch is an original script seasoned with Ireland’s rich history. This site-responsive show is prepared by chef Jp McMahon and served alongside several Irish staples: brown soda bread, boiled potatoes and of course, religious tension.”
Making A Mark – Talking Shop Ensemble & Run of the Mill Theatre
Venue – Project Arts Centre – Cube – 11th – 14th September (also in other locations)
Talking Shop are the company who have previously brought us Rapids, amongst others. This one promises to be interesting at least.
“Mark has competed in the World Games, played King Lear before packed houses and packed bags for 20 years in Tesco’s… But that’s not even half the story.
Part live interview, part self-led confessional, this is Mark’s life and he’s ready to take a seat at the table. Ambition, disruption, grief and frustration. He hopes this show will be the making of him. Are you ready for what he has to say?”
Minefield – Clare Monnelly
Venue – Smock Alley Theatre – Black Box – 17th – 21st Sept (and other venues)
Anyone that saw “Charlie’s a Clepto” will know why we’re recommending this one! Clare Monnelly is a talent and this is her latest work. Also, an impressive team involved.
“We all have choice. We all have autonomy. But one wrong move can shift opinion. No one wants to be on the wrong side of history. The mob are out for blood. Who’s next?
Joe was a really big deal. Before the video that turned the tide. Jack had a following too, but in a very different way. Cillian was just a kid.
This play digs deep into the darkness of the online world in an attempt to put a human face on anonymous hate.”
Play Like A Riot Grrrl, featuring SOAK – Girls Rock Dublin, Other Voices & KATO
Venue – The Lir Academy – Studio 1 – 8 September
There is a full strand of musical events during the festival and this is one of the highlights.
“A knockout line-up of music workshops, industry talks and punk performances for girls, women and trans and non-binary folk. Inspired by the underground punk movement of the early ’90s, this day-long event will shatter the glass ceiling. You supply the attitude; we’ll supply the rest.
We are delighted that SOAK will be the headline performer for Play it Like A Riot Grrrl.”
Shadows – Derek Byrne
Venue – Meeting point at The Beer Market, High Street, Dublin 8. – 7th – 13th Sept
There are a number of site specific events during the festival, including Justice Syndicate at the Four Courts. This one has an interesting venue and concept, so should be worth the risk!
“Two ex-lovers accidentally meet while searching for anonymous sex in the shadows of a well-known gay cruising area in the heart of Dublin. Caught in an unguarded moment, they have an honest conversation about why their relationship failed.
A play about having the courage to be emotionally vulnerable in a culture where casual sex is readily available and love is a rare commodity.”