Arts, Hamlet, Lifestyle, Theatre

Absolut Fringe 2012: What I’m hoping to see!

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From the 8-23 September, Dublin is the place to be with the ABSOLUT Fringe Festival taking place over the course of the fortnight.

The festival, which is in its 18th year, is Ireland’s largest multi-disciplinary arts festival and promises to bring the very best in contemporary and innovative performances to venues all over the city.

The 2012 Fringe Festival will be a haven of artistic creativity, with everything from art, theatre, comedy and circus performances being held in a wide variety of venues ranging from traditional theatres to quaint cafes.

This year’s Fringe Festival looks bigger and better than ever before and it’s a must-see event for all the family! Here are some of the performances I hope to attend:

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U-R-Amleth

Everyone knows that the origins of Shakespeare’s stories weren’t always from the complex workings of his inner mind. He borrowed from legends, some may even say he plagiarised, and this show asked if Shakespeare was a “literary genius or a thieving shit?” This play by Jason Byrne, Gavin Kostick and Conor Madden (who has played the Danish prince with Second Age theatre company) explores the man who inspired Shakespeare’s multi-faceted protagonist – Amleth. For Hamlet nerds such as myself, this is a must see!

Tickets are €10 and it’s taking place in Bewley’s Café Theatre. For times and dates, check out:

http://www.fringefest.com/programme/u-r-hamlet

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FOIL, ARMS AND HOG…CYMBOLOGY

The Irish Times are calling this “the funniest shit ever” and this comedy show has sold out at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for the last four years! The show promises to offer “wickedly twisted characters, unpredictable scenes and high energy performances” and without knowing much more, I’m heading to the International Bar to check it out!

Here are the statistical deets: http://www.fringefest.com/programme/cymbology

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Death of a Tradesman

No, I haven’t got the name wrong. This is not Arthur Miller’s play with the wrong name. This promises to be a fantastic play about an Irishman who dreams of dollar bills, but is running low on luck and funds. It’s about Willy, a 54-year-old tradesman who has a “bad back and a short fuse”. No doubt a product of recessionary Ireland, Death of a Tradesman is about “an army of men and the live register.” This should be an interesting and poignant production. I’ll definitely be going to the Project Arts Centre to check it out.

http://www.fringefest.com/programme/death-of-the-tradesmen

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