Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival
Venue: Various Website: www.dublintheatrefestival.com Price: Various Date: September 29th – October 16th Time: Various
The Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival, the oldest dedicated theatre festival in Europe, celebrates its 54th anniversary this year and presents a world class programme showcasing productions from 8 different countries in 25 venues across the city.
A taste of the International calibre set to come to Ireland’s capital city this autumn will include the opening show at the Gaiety, Donka, A Letter to Chekhov directed by the internationally recognized Cirque du Soleil director, Daniele Finzi Pasca. Donka combines breathtaking physical theatre with a dazzling feat of aerial acrobatics, multi-media illusion and circus magic. Also featuring is the long-awaited Festival debut of one of UK’s most original companies, Kneehigh, who brings the sensational The Wild Bride, a classic epic, poetic wondertale telling the story of what happens when your father accidentally sells you to the Devil! The Netherland’s largest theatre, Toneelgroup will present the stunning and devastating La Voix Humaine based on Jean Cocteau’s visionary text, while Itsoseng from South Africa tells the gripping story of a local man whose hope of a new life is crushed with the realities of a corrupt system.
For those wishing to sample the abundant local talent there is no better time than the present. The Irish programme is rich and strong this year, including shows such as Rian, a joint collaboration by choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan and musician Liam Ó Maonlaí; Peer Gynt re-imagined by the writer Arthur Riordan; the Speckled People by Hugo Hamliton at the Gate Theatre; a co-production with the National Theatre UK and the Abbey of Juno and the Paycock, and Testament, by one of Ireland’s great contemporary authors, Colm Tóibín, directed by internationally-renowned director Garry Hynes and starring actress Marie Mullen.
From awe-inspiring large scale productions to smaller, intimate events, this year’s festival has something for everyone.