It wouldn’t be Fringe without the Show in a Bag series, brought to you by Tiger Dublin Fringe, Irish Theatre Institute and Fishamble: The New Play Company. Now in its seventh edition, Show in a Bag offers a terrific line-up of low-tech, big-story plays by some of Ireland’s brightest and boldest performers.
Looking Deadly is the brainchild of Niamh McGrath and Keith Singleton and transports audiences into the distinctly Irish world of “hang sandwiches, a glass of warm porter and milky tea” as McGrath and Singleton take on the characters of funeral directors Jane and Rob from Foystown. The plot hinges on the inevitable “craic” that comes with an Irish funeral as local legend Big Tom McCarthy is laid to rest.
In The Humours of Bandon, Margaret McAuliffe (of Rough Magic’s Digging for Fire and Jezebel) exposes the side of Irish dancing to which the public aren’t privy. She ditches the parochial hall where Irish dancing champions are churned out a massive rate, to look towards two sisters in Dublin for whom the craft is at once everything and nothing. In a world of gold medals and in a country where Riverdance swells a national pride, McAuliffe questions the emphasis and necessity we place on victory.
Kate Gilmore’s The Wickedness of Oz dips in and out of reality in a tale of love and loss as she merges music, movement and visual art in a romantic exploration of potential not yet fulfilled. Gilmore plays 21-year-old travel agent and 1960s musicals-lover Debbie McInerney and the play follows her as her day spirals into a mire of self-doubt.
Helen Norton and Jonathan White star in To Hell in a Handbag in which they take on the roles of two minor characters from The Importance of Being Earnest in a new take on an Irish theatrical classic. Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism are models of Victorian propriety in public, but what happens when this country rector and governess are in private?
Established in 2010, Show in a Bag is an initiative that supports new writing talent whilst fostering relationships with artists by assisting them in the development and realisation of their artistic visions. It encourages actors to create concepts and generate material for their very own tourable shows and then submit their ideas for selection. Show in a Bag has been a massive success over the last six years and not only has it been a melting pot of talent and new work, but it has produced massively successful shows such as Dublin Oldschool (2014) by Emmet Kirwan & Ian Lloyd Anderson, Charolais (2014) by Noni Stapleton and Beowulf: The Blockbuster (2013) by Bryan Burroughs.
Show in a Bag will take place in Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powercourt and though scaled small, these works are bursting with big ideas, huge heart and enormous potential. Don’t miss your chance to see these exciting new plays by incredible Irish artists and grab your ticket for our 2016 edition now!