Culture Ireland’s Edinburgh-bound Showcase
Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the biggest international festival in the world – is turning 70 this year. Far from relaxing into its golden years, this year’s Fringe is full of vim, vigour and excitement.
Irish productions have always done well at the Fringe, taking home awards and garnering international recognition. Part of Culture Ireland’s annual Edinburgh showcase, productions that have brought down the house in recent years include Corn Exchange’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, Dublin Oldschool by Emmet Kirwan and Fishamble’s Underneath.
The Irish cultural scene is buzzing at the moment, with boundary-pushing productions being developed and performed in every corner of the country. So it’s no surprise that Ireland has an impressive collection of creatives giving it their all at this year’s festival.
Here are some of the acts included in Culture Ireland’s highly anticipated 2017 showcase:
Joanne Ryan has a burning question that she needs to answer – should she have a child? This hilarious multimedia production recreates her real-life journey to answer that question. Family, fortune tellers, philosophers and more pitch in their advice as Ryan navigates this tricky area.
The Humours of Bandon
Annie is 16 years old. She’s about to dance in the most important competition of her life so far – the Irish Open championship. This coming-of-age story charts her all consuming passion to win and the pain that goes into perfection. Written and performed by Margaret McAuliffe, the Fishamble production is packed with wit and wisdom in equal measure.
This double bill tackles humanity’s relationship with technology in two very different ways. LOVE+ asks if we can love machines and if we can, could they ever love us back? Meanwhile BlackCatfishMusketeer deals with the emotional side of the internet – how it makes us feel and how it impacts our life and relationships.
My Real Life
After a long battle with multiple sclerosis, Noel – played by Don Wycherley – decides to end his suffering by taking an overdose. The Theatre Royal Production by Eoin Colfer has glimmers of humour and tragedy, as Wexford man Noel relives the best and worst moments of his life.
Originally commissioned for the Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2014, this post-modern dance production of the Shakespeare classic has been met with critical acclaim internationally. Octogenarian dance legend Valda Setterfield stars as King Lear and is accompanied by Kevin Coquelard and Irish dancers Ryan O’Neill and Mufutau Yusuf.
To Hell in a Handbag
Ever wondered what else was going on during The Importance of Being Earnest? A new spin on the Oscar Wilde classic, this production delves behind Victorian facades to uncover a story of blackmail and false identity. Helen Norton and Jonathan White wrote the play and star as the governess and country rector, respectively.
And with some of Ireland’s funniest men and women crossing the Irish Sea this August, comedy fans also have a lot of laughter to look forward to at this year’s Fringe too.