Fringe 2013: How much can you pack in?
Dublin Fringe Festival has kicked off, and you’ve only got a few weeks to catch more than 100 productions. Here’s what we recommend – and who you should bring along – whatever kind of show you’re after
Dinner and a Show: Neil Watkins moved us to tears, laughter and tears of laughter with The Year of Magical Wanking; this year he and his band, Buffalo Woman, are bringing decadence and divilment together – and they’ll feed you along the way (17th-20th).
Mother Presents: Le Galaxie en 3D: We have been begrudgingly bespect- acled for Kraftwerk, but we’ll gladly don our dorky 3D glasses for these guys. They haven’t let us down yet (14th).
No Earthly Estate: It doesn’t take much to entice us to the Fumbally, but throw in music and storytelling from the likes of Tieranniesaur, David O’Doherty and Kevin Barry and you’ll have to beat us away with a big stick. Supporting the Simon Community (14th).
Record (Remix): Let’s face the music, and dance! Dylan Tighe’s album Record and the project around it, explores his diagnosis, recovery and treatment within the mental- health system. This is followed on Friday night by Disorder Disco, a one-off DJ set at Project Arts Centre bar (12th-15th).
The Late David Turpin: Turpin rises again for a one-off theatrical concert to launch his new album, We Belong Dead, joined by a chamber choir and a line-up of special guests (15th).
Life Has Surface Noise: The music journalist Siobhán Kane and the singer-songwriter Adrian Crowley mix memoir, criticism and live accompaniment to explore music and its meaning in our lives (16th).
REMEMBERING THE LOCKOUT: THIRTEEN
Thirteen events are free but ticketed
Citizen X: Meets at Jervis Street Luas stop and asks, what difference can one person make? (September 9th-21st)
Resilience: Takes place at 14 Henrietta Street and asks, when is enough enough? (10th-21st)
Porous: Takes place at 2 Scarlet Row and asks, if you could help someone protest against their treatment, would you stand with them? (11th-21st)
Suasion: Explores the bowels of Liberty Hall to see what extraordinary differences ordinary people can make (12th-21st)
Constituent(s): Takes place at National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, and asks, what is there left to lose? (13th-21st)
Backwash: Takes place at 2 Scarlet Row and asks, what do you do when “the economic downturn” takes everything you’ve built up from scratch? (14th-21st)
Speakers Corner At Beresford Place: You are invited to listen, air your views, or both, at the site of many of Jim Larkin’s Lockout speeches (14th, 18th, 21st).
Protest: Part 1: Takes place at 14 Henrietta Street and asks, what do youse think of me now? (15th-21st)
Soup: Takes place outside the Abbey Theatre; celebrates the role of Helena Moloney in the Lockout (16th-21st).
Save the Kiddies: Meets at Markievicz Leisure Centre reception, and celebrates Dora Montefiore’s role in the Lockout (17th-21st).
Inquiry: There are no great causes any more. At Dublin Castle, observe Jim Larkin in a private moment of self-examination, the man behind the rhetoric (18th-21st).
Protest: Part 2: Meets at Oonagh Young Gallery and asks, who can we trust now? (19th-21st)
Incitement: Takes place at National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, and asks, do we learn from our mistakes? (18th-21st)
Bargaining: A debate between Ictu and Ibec at Liberty Hall (20th).
Assembly: Meets at the Art Park (Spencer Dock Luas). Stand together with your brothers and sisters (21st).
LIVE AND LEARN: WORKSHOPS AND TALKS
Inspired by the hedge schools that took education to the land during the Penal Laws, The Trailblazery brings a series of Sunday talks to this year’s fringe line-up in what the festival’s director, Róise Goan, describes as “TED with soul”: Sunday Sermon with Matthew Fox (22nd); Hedge School with Emeli Paulo on Harnessing the Power Within (15th); Hedge School with John Fox & Sue Gill on Rites of Passage (tomorrow); and Hedge School with Maria Scordialos
and Vanessa Reid on Living Wholeness (22nd).
The Trailblazery is also behind three Rites of Passage events with speakers and music by Nina Hynes and St Brigid’s School, Killester, who have formed a children’s choir to perform at each event: Evolving Our Past (tomorrow); State of the Nation (15th); and Tour Guides to the Future (22nd).
FIVE ALIVE-O: GET TO KNOW DUBLIN AT THE FRINGE
Fair Balls T’yis: A football opera performed by real GAA fans. Come on you boys in blue (10th-15th).
Gathering in the Gaff: Whitefriar Youth Club invites you to its place for an evening of Dub-style cooking, playing and storytelling (11th-13th and 18th-20th).
Samuel Beckett’s Rough for Theatre One (12th-17th, 8.45pm) and Act Without Words II (12th-17th, 9.45pm): These take theatre to the streets to find the characters and situations from Beckett’s dramas in everyday Dublin.
Songs in the Key of ‘D’: A choral exploration of the city, recognising musicians from Handel to Hansard, Lynott to Drew, at Smock Alley (14th and 21st).