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Discover the Irish theatre scene with the 2014 Dublin Theatre Festival lineup
While some will be flocking to Munich throughout the next couple weeks to gorge on pretzels, schnitzel, and beer, others will converge in Ireland for the Dublin Theatre Festival. From September 25th to October 12th, Ireland’s finest artists will share their passion and talent with patrons at venues throughout the city. Visitors and locals can enjoy theatre, dance, and musical performances, while artists and scholars will have the opportunity to attend free discussions and development workshops led by some of the leading experts in the field. A taste of Ireland’s rich, abundant culture is just a plane ride away! But if you have class, work, or poetry commitments (like we WFU Press interns do), here’s a glimpse at some of the exciting programs happening at the festival for you to enjoy from afar.
A brand new play adapted from Eimear McBride’s novel, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, is playing at the Samuel Beckett Theatre throughout the Festival. It follows the story of an Irish girl from the womb to young adulthood, accentuating her struggle to find herself amidst the pressures of Catholicism and childhood poverty. Reviewers are raving about this show’s wit, brilliance, and rebellious spark.
Tickets are selling fast for the world premiere of Irish playwright Hugo Hamilton’s new masterpiece, The Mariner. Set in 1916, the play brings a sailor home from his post with the Royal Navy at the Battle of Jutland in the North Sea. The sailor’s mother and wife endure relentless defeat and hardship as they struggle to reach this mysterious, traumatized man who has returned from battle unable to speak. As the plot unfolds, the man regains his voice, and his true identity is revealed.
Visitors can also attend the Performing Space Symposium on October 9th. A day-long affair with panel discussions, round tables, and lectures, the Symposium will tackle the many factors that contribute to performance space and design. Speakers will discuss the concept of “scenography,” the history of set design and space selection, implications of lighting, sound, costume, and spatial organization choices, and the ways in which these features will continue to contribute to theatre in the coming years.
Young adults and children will have the opportunity to stimulate their intellectual and artistic passions at the Young Critics’ Panel and the Younger Critics’ Panel. Returning for their 11th year, these events have held a special place in the hearts of Irish youth.
Of course there will be plenty of opportunities to sample Dublin’s greatest restaurants and cafes with exclusive menus and discount offers.
Itching to learn more? You can read about all of the impressive and diverse programs on the Dublin Theatre Festival’s website and start planning your trip for next year … or maybe even next week!
-Posted by Rebecca L.