Una Mullally

Society, life and culture on the edge

Dublin’s ABSOLUT Fringe launches tonight

The Fringe is the highlight of my cultural calender. 16 days of of theatre, performance and beyond that makes you think, complain, cry, wonder, take notes, be inspired, despair and party. It’s like creative dialysis, and I love hooking up …

Wed, Jul 18, 2012, 10:48

   

The Fringe is the highlight of my cultural calender. 16 days of of theatre, performance and beyond that makes you think, complain, cry, wonder, take notes, be inspired, despair and party. It’s like creative dialysis, and I love hooking up to it for a fortnight, taking as much as possible in, and then spending some decent brain-time digesting it all afterwards.

Tonight the festival launches, and within the massive programme – over 90 events, some of which are detailed here by Shane Hegarty – there are some very intriguing shows popping up. thisispopbaby look to take a different turn with their new one Elevator. Una McKevitt, who revels in the form of documentary theatre, takes Singlehood one step on after it impressed as the support act to Victor & Gord at a homecoming show in Dun Laoghaire’s Pavillion Theatre. Flatpack is an opera about furniture. I don’t know why nobody has thought about this before considering the amount of people who end up exhibiting tearful, dramatic outbursts in the middle of Ikea. Rubberbandits will be bringing their surreal subversion to an outdoor gig. And there’s plenty of what the Fringe does best: envelope-pushing, forward-thinking, immersive, audience-mobilising, stimulating creative oddities.

I’m heading along to the Button Factory for the launch this eve, and once I’ve properly digested the programme, I’ll do a more detailed post on what to see and why.

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