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Dublin Fringe 2010

16th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

The programme for the 2010 Dublin Absolute Fringe Festival (September 11th-26th) has been announced.

The festival’s director, Róise Goan, said of the theme of this Fringe: “Community is the common thread running through this year’s festival. We are interested in what brings people together and how that defines them and you. In difficult times, people gather, roll their sleeves up and set about making change, and the collective energy they harness can move mountains.”

The festival will kick off with the free Wild Hunt and the Sleepwalker spectacle by Macnas at Collins Barracks. Other street theatre will be provided by three shows by THEATREclub and the dance group Ponydance, who will perform 15 times in 15 public locations, including a dole queue.

Among the more controversial shows will surely be Listowel Syndrome by Emma Martin, which is based on the Kerry assault case, and comprises of a dance and live music piece that is described as “a dark tale of small-town solidarity”.

Another show sure to cause interest is Nic Green’s Trilogy, at Dublin’s Project Arts Theatre, which claims it “examines and interrogates the joys and complexities of being a woman today”, and will feature 50 naked women volunteers. Also interesting will be Jerk, a one-man show which uses glove puppets to tell the true story of a 1970s serial killer and his accomplices. It is not for children, however the kids will be happy to attend the puppet show Escape from Dead Zoo, which will use the reopened Natural History Museum as inspiration. During the fortnight of the Fringe a mini city, called LiffeyTown, created by artist Fergal McCarthy, will float up and down the river.

Other highlights will include a new interpretation of a translation by the Scottish poet Robin Robertson of Greek tragedy Medea, and the Show in a Bag project: the result of a partnership with Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute; resourcing actors with shows they can tour and earn an income from, while simultaneously resourcing venues across the country with high-quality, low-tech touring theatre. Despite a massive cut to their own funding, The Performance Corporation will support three emerging companies participating in the festival this year by lending their time, expertise and in-house resources to bring these projects to full production.

RTÉ has partnered with the festival to produce RadioActive, a season of new short works for radio that will be broadcast as part of the festival and available for daily download.

There are over 100 different shows in the programme, so there is bound to be something to suit everyone’s tastes.