Dublin Fringe Festival asks you to mark the dates in your diary for September while today it sends your hearts into a flutter by announcing some special early festival highlights. This year’s programme is brought to us by a brand new Fringe director, Ruth McGowan, and her much anticipated programme is revving up to be a jawdropping experience. As this year’s hotly tipped shows break out of the Fringe traps early, the 2018 programme is bursting from its seams to get out. Hosting a rollicking sixteen days and nights of some the most thrilling and provocative events that Dublin will experience this year. Join Fringe and eat up some of the best brand new shows to be seen this Autumn, as Dublin city plays host to the freshest cultural happenings.
Today, Dublin Fringe announces a mere six of its impressive events and as always this year’s festival is bang on pulse, bringing the city the latest in cutting edge new shows. Fringe is the home of new and bright ideas, brave performing arts, perfectly positioned for the festival’s daredevil audiences who take a punt on what exciting new shows emerge from this annual cultural hot-pot. This is the country’s most thrilling platform for new voices, brand new collaborations and this year sees this big city take over with new works, new faces from home and abroad where international productions thrive perfectly alongside our own home-grown artists, all who have something important and poignant to say about our world today.
The first Fringe highlight is from maker, performer, curator and choreographer, Liv O’Donohue who stages her first large-scale project, AFTER. This production deals with the end of the world and runs at Project Arts Centre. The show merges film and live dance performance to create a vital forewarning to humanity for how we would cope with the apocalypse. Using live-stream film, physicality and performance, the show will investigate our very human fear of endings taking the audience into the beyond, the bit after the end, when it’s already over.
Twenty-six year old documentary maker Samira Elagoz (Finland/Egypt) brings her award-winning performance about violence and intimacy Cock, Cock.. Who’s There? Blending film and theatre the show is a portrayal of the reconstruction of a sexual identity after being raped. Elagoz showcases gender relations in all their brutal and wonderful ambivalence, taking the audience on her journey of regaining power and reinventing an autonomous expression of sexuality. Confrontational, unrestrainedly funny and deeply touching, she explores desire, the power of femininity and the male gaze in a world in which the virtual and the real are inextricably intertwined. Cock, Cock.. Who’s There? is presented in partnership with Project Arts Centre for the second edition of NEIGHBOURS: disrupting the cultural landscape by getting you closer to the international artists making waves around the world.
Project Arts Centre have some superb Fringe programming this year, including Human Collective’s FABLE – which is one to earmark in your cultural calendar. Choreographed by Matt Szczerek and directed by Cathy Coughlan, this sinister dance-theatre production for young adults starring an all-male cast of extraordinary street dancers. From the unanticipated consequences of new technologies to political conspiracy and manmade horrors this show draws on classic dystopian cinema and cautionary tales, telling five short stories that don't shy away from the gruesome. Suitable for audiences aged 13+, Dublin Fringe Festival and Collapsing Horse proudly present FABLE as part of Young Radicals, a programme of contemporary works made for and by young people.
One of the most vital and exciting voices in Irish theatre today, Fringe favourite and creator of hit shows Singlehood and Victor and Gord, Una McKevitt teams up with stand-up comedian PJ Gallagher for their new show Madhouse – based on Gallagher’s true life story. The show will offer virtuosic performances as it deals with themes of mental health and family life. It’s main character Bobby is confronted with memories of his childhood after his Da dies, and his past begins to collide with the present.
- but to go further – is an audio excursion into the shaping of another’s story. Using archival footage from YouTube, LiveLeak, Radio and Public Information films, you are invited to occupy the teenage psychospace - wear your headphones and delve into the codes of a society that puts the cult of the self at the centre of everything. By Theatrophone.
- Enter the Stranger – dealing wth the migration crisis and where fascism is growing. Policy makers are implementing legislation that criminalises asylum seekers. The Greek Islands have become a tired waiting ground for thousands of migrants and protest is ineffective.. Lesvos is a prison for everyone that lives there. Who is accountable? By Rob Moloney & Cáit Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh.
- The Living Stream – is a nature documentary style radio show which treats the internet stream like a natural wonder.. This unique and charismatic show illustrates tat everytime anyone uses the internet they interact with a complex, invisible, living, breathing ecosystem. From scorching server farms, to leaky data clouds, to the fibreoptic cables at the base of the ocean - all converge into the live stream. In this gripping radio nature documentary ddr and Dublin Fringe take you on a journey through the natural world of these unnatural creations. By Radiofare (Kerry Guinan, Rory Caraher & Paul O’Connor).
Electro-rock provocateuse Peaches comes to Dublin Fringe with her god almighty tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera Peaches Christ Superstar at the Abbey Theatre for two nights only. In a fitting Fringe announcement this unlikely scenario is presented by Dublin Fringe Festival and the Abbey Theatre in association with Mother Club.. Performed by one woman accompanied by a single piano. With extraordinary emotional and dramatic power, Peaches sings each of the nine principal roles. Building on the work’s own brand of subtle subversive-ness, Peaches’ tribute to a score she has loved since she was a teenager is a chance to see the star and the musical in an entirely new light.
Mother is one of the best LGBT parties on the block. Conceived in 2010, it’s Dublin’s favourite old school club night for disco-loving gays and their friends. Mother has played host to a plethora of guests including Optimo, LCD Soundsystem, Ana Matronic and Le Galaxie. Having hosted and supported Peaches in the past, Mother’s throwing the official, unmissable, after show party this Fringe on Saturday 22 September. Don’t miss this!!
There’s a last, but not least call out from Team Fringe and should anyone want to get involved in this year’s festival by taking part in the nitty-gritty of Fringe mechanics and festival life; Volunteer applications for this year’s festival open later this month too, offering thrilling opportunities to get involved in box office, production, and much more. Applicants should email Volunteer Coordinator Paul Donnelly on firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Dublin Fringe is always on the cutting edge of culture that you’ll see here first. There are some super-exciting events taking place this September at this year’s exciting sixteen day feast of what’s brand new and exciting in the arts scene as DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL 2018 runs city-wide from September 8 – 23. Early release tickets for these six shows are now on sale here.
Full festival programme available from 12 July.
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