Dispatches from the Fringe #1
And so it begins – the Fringe Festival is back in town for another two-weeks-plus of theatrical, comedic and musical madness. Set your attention span to flicker and your liver to iron; lash the vitamin pills into you, and say goodbye to your nearest and dearest (at least temporarily); lock up your daughters, pull out the programmes and your big red pen, and get on to fringefest.com before all the good stuff is gone.
Today’s Arts page in The Irish Times has the best of the opening weekend, and over the course of the festival we’ll be bringing you daily reviews of the best shows. So far, it has been a hugely positive reaction. Of the nine shows reviews, five got four stars and Brian Boyd was first out of the critical blocks with a five-star review. You can read them all here. I managed to take in Heroin over the weekend, which is an excellent, brawler of a show – intelligent, razor sharp and very Fringe indeed.
It’s not just the shows that are getting attention – Liffeytown was always going to provoke debate but it’s a while since I remember an art installation causing such a stir. Well done to Fergal McCarthy for a terrific idea that’s well executed. Here’s hoping his garden sheds last the distance.
So, what did you see at the weekend, or what are you planning to go along to? Have you overheard a snippet of conversation that you would only hear during the Fringe? And where’s the best place to grab a late-night bite (or indeed pint) between shows? Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be funnelling your Fringe commentary on to this blog, so let us know what you think and what you’re seeing. Recommendations are always welcome on the comments below (though do declare an interest if you have one). Daily reviews will also be on the Arts pages and at irishtimes.com/culture with an update or three here. Brace yourselves – there may be some theatrical turbulence.