We want to play, we want to fight, we want to cry, we want to lose it all and find it again. We want to make dark and thrilling discoveries and think about a brighter future. We want to define ourselves as something other than what has come before us. We want to experience the exquisite pain of growing up in a joyous celebration, with the city as our mise-en-scène. We want to occupy your imagination. While we celebrate 18 years of ground-breaking theatre, dance, music, comedy, spectacle, visual, live and public art we look forward, as always, to the shock of the new and the thrill of the next, never forgetting our place as the enfant terrible of the Irish performing arts.
This year’s festival features a ground-breaking programme strand for Irish audiences in The Playground — a collection of some of the best immersive and game-based performances on the world stage right now, as well as fresh new work by Irish artists.
I am delighted to present a season of new work from some of the most exciting companies to come out of Galway in recent years as part of West Coast Cool. I really encourage you to check this work out. You may not know the artists yet, but you want to be one of the people who said you saw them here first.
And to give you the best night out that Dublin will see this year, I strongly urge you to book your tickets to BRIEFS now. This show is currently the hottest circus and variety act on the international scene and it has sold out everywhere. It’s a guaranteed feelgood, night out to remember!
As always, we at ABSOLUT Fringe encourage you to take a chance on something new. Over our proud 18-year history we have introduced you to a some of Ireland’s most well-known, and well respected artists, including Camille O’Sullivan, Enda Walsh, Conor McPherson, The Corn Exchange and many, many more. You never know who you might discover in 2012, so take a risk — dive in to the programme and immerse yourself! — Róise Goan Director