boy i can’t stand your heat

September 6, 2008

i am feeling very well tonight for three main reasons:

1) we are fast approaching our 100th post and have just welcomed our 13,017th visitor to the blog. more champagne ailbhe?

2) the ‘rents invested in glass tops for our dining room tables recently and i just slipped a receipt under one and look forward to the moment that my mother dear tries to remove it from the table without realising that it is indeed sandwiched between a slab of wood and a heavy sheet of glass

3) ailbhe and i are heading to the fringe festival launch party in the iveagh gardens in two weeeee hours

The Fringe Festival is an unmissable event that i tend to…well…miss…quite frequently. last year i attended La Clique in the Spiegeltent and after an embarrassing episode of trying to stifle my unstifle-able laughter during Les Chiche Capon’s act, i then booked tickets to see their own show in The New Theatre. i’m not all that sure of what went on in that little theatre or why we all laughed hysterically for the duration of the show but i AM sure that it ended with one of the men sort of…kind of…stage diving..quite…gracefully…into the very very small tiered audience because he wanted ‘to be like otter’. so yeah, you get the idea i’m sure. this year, my finances are looking bleaker than they have in a while so my fringe festivities will be limited to cheap shows, free shows, and shows paid for by my parents (La Clique falls into the last category). this is my list of the goings on that are worthy of my time/effort/loose change.

a quick note…embrace the outdoors! remember, most outdoor events during the fringe are free and unticketed (such as the first five below). it’s okay, it’s autumn. so forget moaning about the awful weather (it’s supposed to be awful now, so just can it), feel the soggy autumn leaves underfoot while enjoying the following events…

…click on names for more info and to book tickets…

Bastien and Bastienne FREE

Ireland has never had a flash mob opera before – until today. Crash the party and sing along as one of the country’s most celebrated, dynamic and entertaining opera ensembles present this quirky one act singspiel by Mozart, against the stunning backdrop of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

(Get involved by clicking on the link to learn some lyrics and practice some flashy dance moves.)

Bootworks Theatre: The Black Box FREE

A five minute theatrical trip performed for your eyes only by a cast of six outside the smallest theatre auditorium in the world. Step inside the darkened box for a brief peep out to this twisted, eyeball slicing, horse-dragging, surrealist Daliesque world.

Equilibre FREE

Dublin Fringe Festival, in association with Dublin Docklands Development Authority, are proud to present a trio of fantastic French physical theatre pieces that explores tension, suspension and counterpoise. Hold your breath! Don’t let go! A perfect day out for all of the family. Supported by The French Embassy and Cultur France. Les Etoiles (Cie Les Colporteurs): Balancing on a structure made of pipes and wires, four tightrope walkers perform two poetic tales of predictable encounters in an unpredictable ballet. Transports Exceptionnelles (Cie Beau Geste) A tender love duet between a dancer and a mechanical digger accompanied by the dramatic voice of Maria Callas. Iron meets flesh with unexpected grace In this witty interpretation of the pas de deux tradition. C/o (Jorg Muller) A cylinder full of water, a gigantic test tube with somebody (or something) trapped inside. Splishy splashy movement, there’s a weird fish bubbling at us! Be transported into an odd world of weightlessness, made up of rhythms, vibrations, unheard noises and moreover…silence.

Urban Playground II FREE

The Urban Playground team and Dublin’s free runners Urban Ghosts synergize and reanimate well known city locations. Four one-off unique performances blend Parkour, breaking and contemporary dance. With only hours to react to each new spot the UPG team will bare their skills, souls and skins on the streets of Ireland’s capital.

War of the Roses III: Back in Black FREE

Lock up your daughters (and some of your sons). They’re back and this time it’s personal! Following on from hugely popular runs during Fringe ‘06 and ‘07 Whiplash and their cast of thousands bring you the final installment of their epic trilogy. Dark, Satanic and as Moody as a transition year student.

Pinocchio €10/8

Shrouded in black in a dark alley, a woman waits by her car. Get in with two others and get lost with her in a cacophony of sirens and radios as you drive through Pinocchio’s city. With new eyes and new ears, you are, briefly, part of this great Dublin diversion, until her car disappears, heading to the sea.

Exposures €12/10

You are led to a secret location where you’re given a disposable camera and a handful of clues. Skulk your way through alleyways and parks, rediscover the city, and capture in pictures a hidden underworld of epic parties, reckless romances and dangerous encounters. All photographs are included in a special exhibition and party in The Back Loft on Sunday 21st September at 4pm.

Etiquette €5

Be both actor and audience for this half-hour experience for two people in a public space. Headphones direct what you say and do, and no one else around you is involved. There is a kind of magic – for it to work you just need to listen and respond accordingly.

Rock Paper Scissors €10/12/14

Sit at the school desk. Wait for instruction. Watch the clock. No talking. The bell dictates everything, creating a game of chance where theatre, dance and visual art clash, compete and combine in a myriad of extraordinary stories under the roof of the disused Comprehensive School in Ballymun.

City Breaks €10/12

Release your inner voyeur and join Samuel in his hotel room, where he locks himself in with the Polish maid and avoids his own birthday party guests. For everyone who has ever wondered what the noises in the next room are. Get away, and get away with it.

Whacker Murphy’s Bad Buzz €10/12/14

When a dodgy deal goes tits-up Whacker finds himself 1,500 squids in debt to Jimmy Mo Mo, the biggest nutbag around. Even Scags Murphy and Ed the Horse Mooney can’t help. Reality bites, and spits, when trying to pull Polish temptress Maria. Will Jimmy Mo Mo get his cash or will Whacker suffer the ultimate consequence?

It’s A Domestic €15/18

Cook and eat dinner with your host as she tells you stories and sings you songs in an intimate domestic space. Fringe regulars You’re Only Massive connect the lines between skills lost and found, parents who always eat fish on a Friday and children who eat strawberries in December.

any other recommendations?



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