The full programme for the Tiger Dublin Fringe is quite impressive with 80 productions and 47 world premieres in dozens of venues. But how to pick?
The Tiger Dublin Fringe programme features all that’s new on the Irish and international entertainment scene, from theatre, dance, circus, and comedy to music, cabaret and more. But with so much going on, how do you pick? To help, we’ve got a bit of a breakdown below.
There’s a plethora of performances for theatre fans. The Show in a Bag series features new writing and new performance, such as Sure Thing by Eric O’Brien & Jed Murray, Rebel Rebel by Robbie O’Connor & Aisling O’Mara, The Auld Fella by Michael Glenn Murphy and The Matador by Shane O’Reilly. Spirit of the Fringe winner in 2013 (Way Back Home) Louise White returns with Mother You. The new work tells the story of a prophetic township through live performance, installation and video art.
Stefanie Preissner returns with a searing exposé on failure in It’s My Party Conference (and I’ll Cry If I Want To). Love+ by Claire O’Reilly details the dark possibilities of human-machine relationships. Tracy Martin returns, following her 2014-hit, WRAPPED, with Harder Faster More; the hilarious show tells connected stories about women in a world where sex sells.
Newcomer Alba Lorca will leads us down a path where mistakes are seen as progress and chaos constructive in Embody the Void. Justine Cooper makes a cinematic, movement-theatre piece in Folds of Crane; Luke Murphy combines storytelling, imagery and his dynamic movement in Your Own Man / Mad Notions; Antje O’Toole and Emma Fitzgerald’s Tend is built on disruption and joy.
John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre presents Feathers – a quest for home and hope with Trash, Kabuki and the poetry of Emily Dickenson. It features an international cast of four brilliant dancers. Also, Croí Glan and former Fringe favourites ponydance join forces in Elk and Saintly.
Music-lovers may prepare for a fortnight of great gigs in unique venues across Dublin. Turning Pirate’s Mix Tape brings together some of Ireland best known musicians, this time to the Spiegeltent. Also in the Spiegeltent, look out for Holly Herndon presented by u:mack, and Christian Löffler and Lasertom presented by Homebeat.
Bottlenote will take to 13 North Great Georges Street in The Walls Have Ears; Young Hearts Run Free take over the Freemasons’ Hall for one night only with The Nineteenth Autumn and Seán Kennedy plays Smock Alley with Boy.
Susannah De Wrixon creates magical new arrangements from jazz to popular, comedy to cabaret in Susannah with Strings Attached, on the Peacock stage. Afterwards, pop along with the opera fans revelling in Handel’s Agrippina, presented by Irish Youth Opera with Northern Ireland Opera.
Laugh out loud as David O’Doherty, Alison Spittle, Katie O’Brien, Abie Philbin Bowman and Conor O’Toole let loose on audiences, and Martin McSharry theatricalises a comedian having the worst day ever. The hilarious trio Foil, Arms and Hogg (pictured below) make their Fringe comeback in SkiddlyWup. Chris Kent and Gearóid Farrelly team up for twice the laughs at Smock Alley Theatre.
Kim Noble is being billed to redefine theatre and comedy in one of the most profound performances: You’re Not Alone will push the envelope, the buttons and promises to be one of the most talked about shows of the festival.
Brisbane’s Company 2 present Scotch and Soda. Following hugely successful runs in Edinburgh, London and Australia, this heady mix combines risk-taking circus and music from the Crusty Suitcase Band. Object Piggy by Dying Breeds, will be a show for all the senses with superb costumes, amazing aerial performance and music by Robert Mirolo, Brian Walsh and Emily Aoibheann.
Don’t miss out on aerial feats in the trees of the Phoenix Park with Behind the Dark by Loosysmokes or sailboat acrobatics on Grand Canal Dock with Circomara’s The Way of the Coconut.
Tiger Dublin Fringe runs from September 7 – 20. Booking is now available online on the Tiger Dublin Fringe website.
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