September 21, 2016
Tiger Dublin Fringe is delighted to announce the publication of Fresh Cuts: Plays from Dublin Fringe Festival 2015 & 2016, a new compendium of eight plays from Oberon Books.
Edited by Ruth McGowan and Kris Nelson, this new publication features 2015 Fringe hits It Folds (Brokentalkers and junk ensemble); LOVE+ (MALAPROP Theatre); The Windstealers (Jane Madden); Our Island (Barry McStay) alongside 2016 plays TRYST (Finbarr Doyle and Jeda De Brí); Half Light (Mollie Molumby); Briseis After the Black (Dylan Coburn Gray) and Traitor (Shane Mac an Bhaird).
For the last twenty two years, Dublin Fringe Festival has staged a city takeover every September. Fringe is where trends get set, where new styles of work and ideas are born. We champion glorious, sensorial performances and this volume of work serves as just a taster of the bold and innovative theatre from the 2015 and 2016 editions of our festival, Tiger Dublin Fringe.
Brokentalkers and junk ensemble’s It Folds blends music, movement and whimsy giving a beautiful account of the aftermath of tragedy while MALAPROP’s LOVE+ asks what happens to romance when there’s a machine who does everything for you, including telling you you’re beautiful and holding your hand when you cry.
The Windstealers by Jane Madden imagines Ballygweeha, the windiest town in Ireland, in a play that skewers corruption and national character. Barry McStay’s Our Island deftly negotiates themes of self-worth, family dynamics, and making a home for oneself, meeting Jack as he is about to introduce his partner Bradley to his parents.
From the 2016 edition of Fringe, Finbarr Doyle and Jeda De Brí’s TRYST offers a complex and compelling drama that explores the consequences of messy nights on the town. With Dylan Coburn Gray’s Briseis After the Black, the audience is presented with an attempt to demagnetise your moral compass as he reimagines a found text.
Half Light by Mollie Molumby transports you into a forest as we meet ten-year-old Robin in search of his father. Equally witty and dreamlike, this piece poses questions about accountability, care-giving and adulthood coming too soon. Shane Mac an Bhaird’s Traitor is set in both 2026 and 2016 and follows the stories of five people caught in a changing world. A Dublin activist finds herself poised to take political control of the nation, holding a changing society in the balance and taken to task by cronies from hr anarchist past.
Irish theatre is pulsing with complex ideas and incredible performances, with a surge of talented dramatists and sophisticated makers. We hope that this volume of work will rouse your curiosity, trouble your conscience, give you tingles of recognition and tempt you to join us for more in Dublin next September.
Fresh Cuts: Plays from Dublin Fringe Festival 2015 & 2016 will be available for purchase at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Box Office (13 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1), Project Arts Centre, oberon.com and selected retailers for €20.