Dublin Theatre Festival’s 60th anniversary programme

The 60th anniversary Dublin Theatre Festival will showcase a diverse programme of contemporary Irish and international theatre.

The festival will open with the hugely acclaimed new version of Aeschylus’s play The Suppliant Women at the Gaiety Theatre. A story about the plight of refugees, moral and human rights, civil war, democracy and ultimately the triumph of love. Fifty local female volunteers, aged 16-25, will perform alongside a professional cast to create an extraordinary theatrical event.

Also at the Gaiety, from Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival, will be Woyzeck in Winter an electrifying fusion of two masterpieces – Büchner’s Woyzeck and Schubert’s Winterreise performed by a phenomenal Irish cast of actor-singers.

Druid revive Eugene McCabe’s King of the Castle which premiered at Dublin Theatre Festival in 1964 to acclaim and scandal. A powerful, often uncomfortable tale of betrayal and brutality starring Seána Kerslake and Seán McGinley

In another eagerly awaited revival and twenty-five years after it was first presented as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 1992, Frank Pig Says Hello, the stage version of Pat McCabe’s novel The Butcher Boy, returns alongside McCabe’s follow up show, The Leaves of Heaven, in a unique double-bill from Co-Motion.

Belinda McKeon, features in the programme with Corn Exchange’s Nora, a new play after Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at Project Arts Centre, while Iseult Golden and David Horan’s CLASS explores the complications and comedy when three adults find themselves back in class

Multi-award winning company ANU return to the festival with a searingly intimate investigation into the corrupting force of the Irish family in The Sin Eaters, which will be performed in one of the more unusual festival venues – The Pigeon House Lab overlooking Dublin Bay. Pan Pan Theatre are back with The Good House of Happiness, where audiences are invited to meet an actor, a pop singer and a scholar, from China, and two Mongolian accountants who have come together to make a modern version of Brecht’s parable play, The Good Person of Szechuan. 

Other new writing includes a world premiere production from Rough Magic with Melt, a funny, sophisticated fairytale that explores the human condition, and acknowledges its fragility and Playboyz a re-imagining of JM Synge’s Playboy of the Western World directed by Martin Sharry. THEATREclub also return to the festival with Doireann Coady’s debut as author with I’m Not Here.

Rapids by Shaun Dunne from Talking Shop Ensemble explores instances of disclosure and the presence of stigma in the lives of men and women who are HIV+ in Ireland today.

Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s collaboration from Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera, The Second Violinist will burst onto the stage at the O’Reilly Theatre. Little John Nee brings his mesmeric musical storytelling to another dimension with long-time collaborator and creator Laura Sheeran, and a multi-award winning team in Radio Rosario.

Emma Martin’s new work, a fierce and multi-layered dance-theatre creation exploring passages of a life, Girl Song is an ode to the extraordinary details of an ordinary existence.

This year a very young actor will hold the stage on his own in a solo work for an eleven-year-old boy. Hamnet, stars Ollie West and is directed by Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd, while Dublin Youth Theatre brings a fresh new cast to the stage in this is a room… performed by young people who believe they will never own houses.

Companies from Japan, USA, UK, Norway, Belgium, and Australia will all travel to Dublin to be part of this theatrical celebration. From the USA, The Bitter Game, Keith A. Wallace blends verse, prose and ‘sh*t-talkin’ into a stirring commentary that begs the question: what does it mean to survive while Black in America? Poised in the delicate space between concert and theatre, Endings from Australian, Tamara Saulwick is a meditation on cycles and the ending of things. In Wind Resistance, (UK) Karine Polwart surveys the surrounding landscape through history, song, bird-lore and personal memoir. Belgian artist Miet Warlop returns to Dublin Theatre Festival with Fruits of Labor, a trippy crossover between theatre and concert. A unique version of Shakespeare’s kaleidoscopic poem using narration, music, and puppetry – Venus and Adonis comes from the Royal Shakespeare Company in association with Little Angel Theatre, and Ranters Theatre Australia bring their quietly humorous meditation on life and death, Come Away With Me to the End of the World .  

The festival has collaborated with The Ark once again to present three productions for children: Poggle for ages 2-5, If only Rosa could Do Magic for ages 5-9 and, for ages 10+ We Come From Far Far Away.

For more information on Dublin Theatre Festival 2017 or to book tickets go to dublintheatrefestival.com


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