ThereisBear! Theatre is bringing its new bilingual theatre offering to the Galway Theatre Festival. Based on Sheridan Le Fanu’s gothic horror Carmilla, and directed by Conor Kennedy Burke, the company describes this work as “one of their most unusual pieces thus far”.
In the isolation of a post-famine manor, the daughter of a landlord is bed-bound by an unexplainable illness. Her father cannot protect her, and the servants, superstitious and fearful, are disinclined to confront the true nature of the illness. In this reimagining of Le Fanu’s novella, suspicion festers throughout the house, culminating in the clash of languages and cultures between the few remaining tenants.
Hannah O’ Reilly, an ensemble member and founder of the company said: “As a story it’s gripping, tense, and as a process it’s totally different to how we’ve worked before; through staging, approach, and especially language”.
This piece was presented as a work in progress at Smock Alley’s most recent Scene+Heard festival last February and the company has used that feedback to bring audiences a full production of The Shadow of Carmilla/Scáth an tSúmaire.
The show opens at the Galway Theatre Festival on 21 April in the O’ Donoghue Theatre and runs until 23 April.