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Fringe Resources for Artists

Wow, two posts in one day – you’d know I’m supposed to be doing something else wouldn’t ya!!! I’m putting off my design project ’til, by some devine intervention, I am somehow able to use InDesign and have developed the artistic skills of Picasso. Up until then, I’m sticking to blogging – chicken, me?! Never!

Anyways, Fringe sent round an email there yesterday with info on their new Fringe Lab initiative, so I said that it would be nice to pass this on to spread the word!

Have a goo:

In addition to its annual festival presenting the new and the next in the performing arts each September, ABSOLUT Fringe provides year round support to performing artists who present, or would like to present work at the festival.  This support includes workshops, rehearsal/studio space, equipment loans, use of office space, mentorship, advice clinics and master-classes. With thanks to The Arts Council’s theatre resource sharing initiative, the Fringe have now expanded this support, under the banner Fringe Lab.

Fringe Lab will now offer:

  • Year round studio space for performing artists to develop work in a practical and private setting
  • Desk space in the ABSOLUT Fringe office with free wifi, phones and printer access

These services will be available free of charge to artists.

From April, Fringe Lab involves private studio time in the LAB, Dublin City Council’s purpose built facility for the arts, on Foley Street. Lab space is available. To take part in Fringe Lab, the Fringe want to know about you, your project, and your availability. Numerous slots are available and are open to all performing artists and Kate O’Sullivan, the Fringe Lab Coordinator is available on kate@fringefest.com.

The application form is available on the Fringe’s website at http://www.fringefest.com/backstage/fringe-lab. Closing date for April/May session is April 11th at 6pm. Applications for June/July/August must be received by April 30th at 6pm.

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As You Are Now, So Once Were We Review

It could perhaps be the 16th of June 1904, and these actors are trying to find their part in Joyce’s seminal work – Ulysses, however this is rubbished by the inclusion of mobile phones (albeit large cardboard ones). Perhaps The Company‘s initial plan was to “pick up the most important and unread book in Irish history and follow James Joyce as he invents a whole city and its people.”, however they seem to have become sidetracked along the way and instead of delving into Ulysses, they’ve created their own.

Far better than what the initial plan sounded like, this exploratory piece of theatre explores our everyday interpretation of all that happens around us, as well as our remembering or recreation of things past and imagination of things to come. The four actors become bloomalikes, wandering around Dublin city, sampling the food and getting into arguments about the burial of Paddy Dignam (four times over!).

The play itself is playful yet very self conscious in that it reflects upon itself and its characters as they reconstruct and imagine their day and how to recreate it on stage in the form of dozens of cardboard boxes. The actors themselves are outstanding for their perfect execution of complicated routines involving the boxes, along with beautiful storytelling and recounting of events.

The Company are definitely a talented group and I’ll be keeping my eyes out for them in the future. The play tonight was something very different, it was very “fringey” and experimental (not entirely dissimilar to the likes of Pan Pan) but at the same time, surprisingly well organised, executed and very polished. I would love to recommend others to go and see it but unfortunately tonight was the last night – boo 😦 Hopefully The Company will be back again soon with something different from what everyone else is doing – just like they did tonight.

You can follow their goings on on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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Medea at the Beckett Theatre

Medea is a woman scorned by a wandering husband for whom she betrayed her family. Faced with banishment from the only place she can call home with two small sons, Medea seeks her revenge. However, the only revenge that will quell her anger towards her husband is a revenge that will ultimately destroy her also.

Siren Productions modern take on this classic is stunningly executed and performed by a stellar cast including Eileen Walsh, Stuart Graham and the ever amazing Olwen Fouéré. The stage itself is a character also, a modern home, yet also a prison containing secrets and plots and ultimately the scene for horrifying acts. Medea, initially imprisoned in her bedroom, once the site of marital bliss, darts around her home’s many rooms searching for ways to escape the pain of her heartbreak. Other characters move fluidly between the rooms, echoing the motion of the unfolding events which shape Medea and her family’s future. A model boat is carried around the rooms, a symbol of the travel Medea must face into her exile, but also her entrapment – out at sea on her own with nowhere to call home and no family to call on.

The production is frenetic, full of energy and movement and also at times quite playful, however it is the closing scenes which are the most powerful as Medea reveals the true strength of her hurt and jealously and how far she will really go to exact her revenge on her cheating husband.

Playing in the Beckett Theatre, Trinity College until Sat. 25th of Sept. as part of the ABSOLUT Fringe Festival, this production is a must for those wanting to see an interesting modern take on a classic. And at €15 a ticket, it’s a steal for a production with such an impressive cast! Clickedy click here for more details.

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