The Dublin Theatre Festival returns in 2014 to present 18 days of wondrous theatre, comedy, dance, performance, and so much more from national and international contexts. Returning for its 57th season and filled to the brim with stimulating artists, it is surely not to be missed.
The 2014 dates run from the 25th of September to the 12th of October with performance venues spanning across Dublin city. Willie White, artistic director of the Dublin Theatre Festival, states with this year’s programme he aims “to reflect the quality and range of current and international theatre, to mix humour and seriousness and to present intimate performances alongside large-scale work.” (Programme note)
Highlights of the festival include Germany’s Schaubühne commandeering the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre to present HAMLET. This theatre breathes life and exuberance into a world-renowned classic as “Six remarkable actors play 20 characters in Denmark’s corrupt court”, going above and beyond to stretch audiences and demand attention with “immediacy and raw physicality”. Legendary festival favourite ANU Productions returns with VARDO in the Oonagh Young Gallery, marking the end of their multi award winning Monto Cycle (Laundry, The Boys of Foley Street and World’s End Lane). This interactive immersion directed by Louise Lowe is sure to bring audiences on an incredible journey. The Olympia Theatre features Druid Theatre’s double bill of Tom Murphy’s BRIGIT &BAILEGANGAIRE. BRIGIT begins the tale of Seamus and a seemingly innocent church commission that ultimately ends in his obsession, implicating his wife and their three inherited grandchildren. BAILEGANGAIRE picks up thirty years later, connecting characters and charting “how the town of Bochtán came to be known as Bailegangaire, the town without laughter”. Murphy’s extraordinary Irish dramas provoke an audience not to shy away from this trinity of female lives.
The Dublin Theatre Festivalwill also showcase works from The Corn Exchange (A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING), Hugo Hamilton (THE MARINER), Fishamble: The New Play Company and Deirdre Kinahan (SPINNING), Mark O’Rowe (OUR FEW AND EVIL DAYS) and, (IF THESE SPASMS COULD SPEAK) to name but a few in this diverse and rousing programme.
Tickets for this hotly anticipated festival are available from August 12th to the general public online, www.dublintheatrefestival.com, by phone, +353 1 677 8899, or in person with priority booking for friends of the festival available since July 21st. The full programme is available to download online.
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Photo courtesy of Dublin Theatre Festival. Dublin Theatre Festival Runs from September 25th to October 12th
Sophie Everton Ryan