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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Everything Can Be Dismantled – The Lir, Dublin

Writers: Joan Somers-Donnelly, Donncha MacCóil, and Cast

Director: Joan Somers-Donnelly

Reviewer: Caitríona Daly

Everything Can Be Dismantled by Joan Somers-Donnelly and Donncha MacCóil is a post-modern theatrical exploration of city planning. Loosely inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities it is an important meditation on the places we create and the spaces we inhabit.

While the piece itself could not be more timely in terms of its production; it strays away from being explicitly political and settles its focus on the personal. Each performer explaining their own ideas of a perfect city and exploring what that might mean, while at the same time physically dismantling a set in front of their audience. Mixed with a live violin soundscape this opening process can at times seem quite frazzled and distracting, adding too much to the mix where it may have benefited from more clarity of thought. Having said that cities by nature are loud, confusing places and that has not gone unnoticed.

The production comes into its own in its second half where, we, the audience reassemble the set ourselves, creating our own space with what we’ve been given which then leads to a public discourse on where we live today, what we are doing with it and what we can do better. There is a beautiful intention within this part that cannot be ignored. It incites an almost reversion to childhood and this, in turn, brings most of the audience, even its more cynical members, quite literally to their knees.

Kind and giving performances from Sile Maguire, Donncha MacCóil, Ingrid Beatriz and Sebastian Adams with clever design from Stefania Elettra Pantavos, Corentin West and Becky Gygax and a beautiful execution of concept from director Joan Somers-Donnelly make Everything Can Be Dismantled an important reflection at this year’s Dublin Fringe.

Runs until 16 September 2018 | Image: Contributed

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