Dublin Theatre Festival 2018

 Brendan Coyle in St Nicholas photo copyright Helen Maybanks

Brendan Coyle in St Nicholas photo copyright Helen Maybanks

 

Strong international line up for 2018 Dublin Theatre Festival.

Dublin Theatre Festival runs from 27 Sept – 14 Oct

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Artistic Director Willie White has announced details of the programme for Dublin Theatre Festival 2018, which features a tantalising selection of brand new work, fresh versions of classic plays and adventurous international productions, created by renowned artists as well as emerging voices, and aimed at children, young people and adults. The programme is led by 2 timely productions from the US as part of a strong international programme which includes work from Australia, Belgium, Poland, Netherlands and the UK and a vibrant Irish programme featuring work from a number of leading theatre makers.

From intimate encounters in found spaces to the grand physical and emotional scale of Shakespearean drama, ballet and opera, there are portraits of individuals corrupted by power, testimonies from dissenting voices and challenges to received narratives. These theatrical experiences are all connected by one thing, the need for an audience to gather together in a shared time and space. DTF is a festival for Dublin, a communal celebration of theatre from Ireland and across the world and everyone is invited to be part of it.

The 2018 line-up includes:

  • 2 productions from the US: Obie-award winning Elevator Repair Service who took DTF by storm with Gatz returns with a new play, Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf and 600 HIGHWAYMEN’s response to the current polarised social and political climate of the US, The Fever.
  • 2 productions from Belgium, welcoming back renowned company CAMPO this time with Louis Vanhaverbeke’s the humourous and inventive Multiverse, and Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere’s documentary theatre performance Mining Stories, which explores the legacy of a toxic mining waste disaster in Brazil.
  • 2 productions from Poland – TR Warszawa who have wowed Festival audiences in the past return with Fantasia, while Turkowski / Nowacka bring audiences on a virtual trip through time exploring a collection of stories documenting a changing neighbourhood in Klosterhof.
  • 5 productions from the UK; Nassim, St Nicholas, Grass, Night Light, The End of Eddy.
  • Ruth Negga leads the cast in the title role of Hamlet at the Gate, directed by acclaimed Yael Farber.
  • Enda Walsh directs Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle for Irish National Opera, with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy returning home for a rare Irish performance, alongside Joshua Bloom.
  • Fresh from its premiere at Edinburgh International Festival, The End of Eddy from The Unicorn Theatre and Untitled Projects, is the story of Eddy’s struggle to understand who he is and who he might become (for ages 16+).
  • Brendan Coyle returns to the Irish stage for the first time in 16 years in a new production of Conor McPherson’s chilling play St Nicholas (Donmar Warehouse).
  • Arthur Miller’s iconic film, The Misfits, is brought to the stage for the first time in a reimagining by Annie Ryan (Corn Exchange).
  • From Decadent Theatre a major revival of Marina Carr’s award winning breakthrough play The Mai with a cast led by Derbhle Crotty. 
  • The world premiere of Arthur Riordan’s stage adaptation of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, from Rough Magic.
  • A blistering production from ANU and the Abbey Theatre, The Lost O’Casey, moves into the streets of Dublin.
  • A new work by Gina Moxley, The Patient Gloria in association with Pan Pan Theatre.
  • From Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour and Bush Theatre an audacious new theatrical experiment in NASSIM, winner of a Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017.
  • Raymond Keane explores Beckett’s prose in Company from Company SJ.  
  • Pan Pan Theatre contemplate artificial intelligence software in ELIZA’S Adventures in the Uncanny Valley.
  • Druid continues its exploration of Shakespeare’s kings with DruidShakespeare: Richard III, in association with the Abbey Theatre.
  • Junk Ensemble’s The Bystander brings to the surface some of the murkier and complex behaviours of contemporary society.
  • A satirical look at the legacy of institutional Ireland in The M House from Equinox Theatre Company.
  • Dance Consortium’s (UK) all-male comedy ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.
  • Home Theatre -30 Dublin 15 ‘hosts’ paired with 30 leading theatre makers results in 30 new plays performed in houses across Dublin 15 and a selection presented in Draíocht.
  • Olivier Award-winning Fishamble: the New Play Company and the Abbey Theatre present Deirdre Kinahan’s latest drama Rathmines Road.
  • Dutch visual artist Nicoline van Harskamp with My Name is Language, a performative work on the topic of names.
  • Proving that you are never too young to become a theatre lover, Dublin Theatre Festival and The Ark present three acclaimed pieces of Theatre for Children, with something for ages 2+. This year, children and their friends and families can explore the ground and all of its wriggling inhabitants in a quirky dance show for children ages 2-5 from Second Hand Dance (UK) Grass; experience a magical journey through the dark and beautiful night for ages 3-6 in Andy Manley (UK) and Teater Refleksion’s (Denmark) Night Light or hear the tale of Oscar Wilde’s The Young King adapted for ages 8+ from Slingsby (Australia).
  • Gala Night 2018 will celebrate the extraordinary contribution made to the world of theatre by Cillian Murphy.
  • A vibrant Festival+ programme with work-in-progress showcases, panel discussions and post-show talks will give audiences an insight behind the work.

 

Whether this is your first time seeing a festival show or you have been coming for years, there’s something for you.  The programme showcases many different ways that artists use theatre to engage with the world they’re living in. It’s a world where individuals, communities and the environment are under threat but also one where the desire for human connection is strong and the radical possibilities of imagination burn fiercely against the advancing darkness. This programme is full of moments where you can laugh, cry or have your mind blown. A festival is the time to take chances. Go and see something you might not otherwise.’ Willie White, Artistic Director

The programme:

Oscar-nominated Irish actress, Ruth Negga, makes her Gate stage debut in the title role of Hamlet, joined by a cast of Ireland’s finest actors. Directed by award-winning director Yaël Farber Shakespeare’s iconic story of politics, vengeance, madness and murder is reimagined in a ground-breaking, visionary Gate Theatre production for today’s audience.

From the Obie-award winning Elevator Repair Service (USA) that created Gatz, comes a new play, Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf written by Kate Scelsa and directed by Artistic Director John Collins. Fresh from its world premiere in New York it’s a loving homage and fierce feminist take-down of Edward Albee’s drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The latest work by 600 HIGHWAYMEN (USA) tests the limits of individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another. A response to the current polarised social and political climate of the United States and performed in complete collaboration with the audience, The Fever examines how we assemble, organise and care for the bodies around us.

The Corn Exchange brings Arthur Miller’s iconic film, The Misfits, to the stage for the first time in this new reimagining by Annie Ryan. Showing the disillusionment of the American Dream and longing, it continues to foster with breathtaking contemporary resonance.

Conor McPherson’s chilling play St Nicholas receives its Irish premiere in an intimate new production by the Donmar Warehouse (UK) which sees Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey, Mary Queen of Scots, Paths to Freedom) return to the Irish stage for the first time since 2002, directed by Simon Evans.

Writer/director Enda Walsh and the award-winning team that brought you The Second Violinist in a new production of Béla Bartók’s searing, early 20th- century reimagining of the tale of Bluebeard. Irish National Opera’s Bluebeard’s Castle sees Paula Murrihy return home for a rare performance in Ireland, alongside Joshua Bloom.

Olivier Award-winning Fishamble: the New Play Company and the Abbey Theatre present Deirdre Kinahan’s latest powerful and questioning drama. Set over one evening, Rathmines Road is a play that rages in a tiny room. Fraught, funny and ferocious, this new drama challenges the cultural response to accusations of sexual assault.

Renowned CAMPO (Belgium) returns with a marvellously inventive and humorous piece, Multiverse in which Louis Vanhaverbeke plays a multifunctional DJ, who needs little more than turntables and a myriad of colourful household objects to bring his music and creations to life.

Also from Belgium, the Festival welcomes Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere with Mining Stories. On the 5th November 2015, a dam containing toxic mining waste collapsed in the mountains of the Brazilian mining region of Minas Gerais killing 19 people. In this documentary theatre performance each interviewee tells the story of the disaster from their own perspective bringing the audience on a journey through a diverse collection of personal stories.

From Decadent Theatre a major revival of Marina Carr’s award winning breakthrough play The Mai, an epic tale of three generations of a family inspired by love but shattered by inescapable reality featuring a stellar cast led by Derbhle Crotty. 

From Rough Magic comes the world premiere of Arthur Riordan’s vibrant stage adaptation of the seminal novel by James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, brought to life by a dynamic, new, creative ensemble of actors and designers under Ronan Phelan’s direction.

Making a welcome return to Dublin TR Warszawa (Poland) with Fantasia, dealing with the subject of imagination and theatre as a place where the world of fiction is born. How does this unique agreement between the audience and artists arise, allowing actors to create worlds on an empty stage?

Nannie’s Night Out is a lost Sean O’Casey play, taking its inspiration from real people and places of Dublin’s inner city, performed at the Abbey Theatre only once, in 1924.  Reframing Nannie’s Night Out as a catalyst for urgent action, The Lost O’Casey from ANU and the Abbey Theatre is a blistering production which propels the lost Nannie into a contemporary Dublin.

A new work by Gina Moxley, The Patient Gloria is inspired by the 1965 films Three Approaches to Psychotherapy, also known as The Gloria Films. A timely meditation on female desire in a new political context where misogyny is the winning ticket, from The Abbey Theatre and Gina Moxley, in association with Pan Pan Theatre. Things could get messy. Very messy indeed.

From Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour and Bush Theatre comes an audacious new theatrical experiment. Each night a different performer joins the playwright on stage, while the script waits unseen in a sealed box... NASSIM is a striking theatrical demonstration of how language can both divide and unite us.

In Beckett’s, sculpted from the darkness, Raymond Keane explores Beckett’s prose through the use of projected text, live and recorded voice, and the body in movement and stillness in his intensely moving and lyrical work Company (from Company SJ).  

In the early 1960s, MIT developed artificial intelligence software called ELIZA which made certain kinds of natural language conversations between humans and computers possible. In ELIZA’S Adventures in the Uncanny Valley from Pan Pan Theatre, Eliza is sent into an anonymous motel, where she interacts with four characters who are all mysteriously booked into the same room.

Shakespeare gives us one of the great villains in DruidShakespeare:Richard III, in a chilling and darkly comic story of power and ambition. Druid continues its exploration of Shakespeare’s kings with the acclaimed creative team and members of the Druid Ensemble who worked on DruidShakespeare: Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2) and Henry V. In association with the Abbey Theatre.

An intriguing and adventurous production by multi-award winning dance theatre innovators Junk Ensemble. The Bystander takes its name from the ‘bystander effect’ phenomenon of the murder of Kitty Genovese outside her apartment in New York City in 1964, whereby thirty-eight witnesses saw or heard the attack, yet none of them called for help. The Bystander brings to the surface some of the murkier and complex behaviours of contemporary society.

A satirical look at the legacy of institutional Ireland, The M House from Equinox Theatre Company is an adventure story. A scramble to make sense of our one-size-fits-all culture, a parable of our times about the treatment of our vulnerable.

In 2009 Janek Turkowski started to observe, film and document everyday life in Klosterhof, joined by Iwona Nowacka four years later. In this Polish production viewers are invited on a virtual trip through time exploring a collection of stories documenting its creators’ changing neighbourhood, a film record of their own private universe.

Dance Consortium (UK) comes to Bord Gais Energy Theatre with the all-male comedy ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Loved worldwide for their sassy spoofs and hilarious homages to classical ballet where 18 dancers each transform into two personas, both male and female. Immaculate technique and daring physicality, is surpassed only by their impeccable comic timing.

Born into poverty in an isolated village in rural France, a boy grows up amongst hard men and women living hard and violent lives. Bullied relentlessly for being gay, The End of Eddy from the Unicorn Theatre and Untitled Projects, is the story of Eddy’s struggle to understand who he is, who he might become, and of his fight to escape (for ages 16+).

Home Theatre pairs 30 Dublin 15 ‘hosts’, with 30 leading theatre makers. After spending time together, in the hosts’ homes, in their lives, each theatre maker writes a piece of theatre that will be performed in the host’s home. 30 new plays will be performed in houses across Dublin 15 and a selection of these plays are being presented in Draíocht as part of Dublin Theatre Festival.

Dutch visual artist Nicoline van Harskamp collected naming stories from around the world, asking people, ‘What is your name, who gave it to you and what does it mean in your language?’ The result is My Name is Language a performative work on the topic of names.

Proving that you are never too young to become a theatre lover, Dublin Theatre Festival and The Ark present three acclaimed pieces of Theatre for Children, with something for ages 2+. This year, children and their friends and families can explore the ground and all of its wriggling inhabitants in a quirky dance show for children ages 2-5 from Second Hand Dance (UK) Grass; experience a magical journey through the dark and beautiful night for ages 3-6 in Andy Manley (UK) and Teater Refleksion’s (Denmark) Night Light or hear the tale of Oscar Wilde’s The Young King adapted for ages 8+ from Slingsby (Australia).

Booking details: 

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Funders / supporters:

Principle funder the Arts Council.

Grant aided by Dublin City Council, Fáilte Ireland, Dublin Fundraising Fellowship, Tourism Ireland and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Proudly supported by sponsors including The Doyle Collection, The Irish Times, RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Supporting the Arts, and Olytico.

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