Una Mullally

Society, life and culture on the edge

First Fortnight is back

Brilliant programme for a vital festival.

Mon, Dec 2, 2013, 11:25


The First Fortnight people announced their programme for January, and the annual arts festival that aims to challenge mental health prejudice through creative arts has a cracker of a programme.

The theatre programme is particularly strong, with Neil Watkins’ The Year Of Magical Wanking returning to the Project Arts Centre. The word ‘visceral’ is overused, but anyone who has seen this production would probably reach for that description pretty quickly. It’s an astonishing and challenging piece of work, a sharp slap in the face with bogglingly dexterous prose.

Sorcha Kenny’s Dolls was one of my favourite productions at this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival, a fantastic abstract piece addressing the depersonalisation and objectification of women. And Confusion Boats, directed by Grace Dyas, is also a nice piece of work that played at the Fringe this year.

There’s loads more happening over January 2nd to the 16th, including screenings of Silver Linings Playbook, Banter, The Anti Room with Miriam O’Callaghan and Maeve Higgins, Banter looks at mental health and sport, a gig featuring Come On Live Long, Heathers and Vann Music, slam poetry, a conversation on mental health services hosted by Marian Finucane, and loads more.