The 22nd edition of Tiger Dublin Fringe is a knockout sixteen days of indelible, powerful and magical experiences for all to take part in. Tiger Dublin Fringe is Ireland’s largest multidisciplinary arts festival hosting a staggering 73 productions, 412 performances, with 40 world premieres in 23 amazing venues. It’s a city takeover that includes yacht clubs, comedy bars, galleries, the Docklands, as all of the city’s favourite theatres come alive for Dublin’s landmark annual festival. This year Fringe gets the keys to one of the city’s favourite gardens, Merrion Square - the fancy new pitch for the Spiegeltent as it returns in all its glittery glory, nestled amongst the beautiful splendour of Georgian Dublin. Busting up taboos and pushing boundaries, Fringe is where trends get set, where new styles of work thrive and clever ideas are born. Come see the radicals and experimentalists, the artists whose projects just don’t fit in the box - the crafters, the grafters, the misfits and the clarion voices all flourish at Tiger Dublin Fringe which runs across Dublin city from 10 – 25 September.
Fringe 2016 is about big nights out and this year’s festival programme hosts something for everyone. The stunning Merrion Square calls for spectacular shows and to fit the bill Dublin’s favourite festival welcomes the world premiere from the toast of the town, THISISPOPBABY, who celebrate their 10th phenomenal year with their most ambitious and entertaining show yet. RIOT is going to fire on all cylinders – siren songs, drag royalty, jockstraps, hurling helmets and sizzling spoken word. A show this powerful, inspired and ferocious is not to be missed.
It’s not just RIOT that’s rich with action and glamour at the Spiegeltent. Australia’s Briefs Factory presents Hot Brown Honey - an all-woman cabaret packing in more fun than all our birthdays and Christmases coming at once while provoking an edgy political pulse. It’s gonna be scorching number after number of burlesque, beat box and banging tunes. Comedy maven and RuPaul’s Drag Race winner (2013) Jinkx Monsoon lands into planet Fringe with her dashing companion Major Scales as they unearth their favourite pop tunes with The Vaudevillians. Get up close and personal with leading comics, take in sensational gigs from your favourite Irish indie bands and revel in experiential Spiegel parties.
The Spiegeltent too is the perfect venue for Film Fatale to make a very welcome debut at Tiger Dublin Fringe. Travel back in time with Ich Liebe Dich Cabaret!, a decadent celebration of the hedonistic era of dark glamour. Mad, risqué and uniquely eccentric, critically acclaimed, award-winning Gaulier-trained clown, Trygve Wakenshaw presents Nautilus, his beautifully strange stream-of-consciousness idiocy.
Fringe has been busy all year round strengthening its network with exciting cultural organisations abroad. The festival is delighted to collaborate with major cultural partners in Greece, Germany, Lithuania and Portugal as part of a network funded by the Goethe-Institut. Co-producers of Brokentalkers’ new work This Beach, the Goethe-Institut has enabled Fringe to bring Cláudia Dias’ searing Monday: Watch Out for the Right!, to the National Stadium. She’s putting her dukes up in a fight you don’t want to miss. On the Canadian front, Fringe has found a kindred spirit in the vibrant SummerWorks Performance Festival – Toronto’s leading independent arts festival. With the support of the Ireland Park Foundation, Tiger Dublin Fringe is proud to host maverick artist Liz Peterson with her travelogue meets dance meets comedy Performance About a Woman and see Irish artists head off to SummerWorks in Toronto this August.
Irish performance artist Aoibheann Greenan makes her festival debut where she ritualises Wagner in a visual maelstrom of bondage and rave-inspired totems, strobe lights and gold lamé - The Perfect Wagner Rite runs at the RHA; Fringe, known for staging shows in amazing places and Black Pitch, Pitch Black by Aerial Cirque is just that - set in a dilapidated Victorian building in the heart of Dublin’s Creative Quarter, this new aerial theatre performance explores a young woman’s psyche performed by one of Ireland’s up-and-coming aerial silks artists, Ria Murphy. Fringe circus favourites Tumble Circus return with their new satirical show, Unsuitable. Expect acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and clowns, mixed with moments of physical poetry and astounding feats of circus. Audiences can strike a pose pop artists Adrian+Shane who create new paintings, screen prints and photographs in the heart of Temple Bar for ZOO. Become their muse and join in the creative process.
Fringe would be incomplete without its Show In A Bag series, brought to you by Tiger Dublin Fringe, Irish Theatre Institute and Fishamble: The New Play Company, and this year includes Niamh McGrath and Keith Singleton in their show Looking Deadly which highlights how good an Irish funeral is to complete your social calendar / Margaret Mc Auliffe (Rough Magic’s Digging for Fire & Jezebel) examines the importance of coming first and why it matters, in Irish dancing in the Humours of Bandon. / Kate Gilmore (Town is Dead) peeks into a day in the life of a 21-year-old travel agent with a penchant for 1960s musicals in her show The Wickedness of Oz / and finally Helen Norton and Jonathan White bring their version of Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest to Fringe in To Hell in a Handbag, a subversively funny new take on an Irish theatrical classic.
Dublin Fringe’s three-year title partnership with Tiger Beer has grown from strength to strength – this year, Tiger Beer has raised the bar yet again in their support of Fringe and independent Irish arts. As ever, Fringe is proud to share their stripes.
"We have a terrific lineup this year, rich in all kinds of jaw-dropping and thrilling experiences. A big night out for everyone and so many shows which will delight, inspire, provoke and astound. It’s a year of artists taking huge strides – it’s thrilling to present their work at Fringe. We’re so excited about this edition, it wouldn’t have been possible without the leadership and support from Tiger Beer" - Kris Nelson, Festival Director, Tiger Dublin Fringe
"We are very excited to be in our third year as title sponsor of the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival. Our partnership with Fringe has helped us position Tiger at the forefront of arts and culture in Ireland and we are looking forward to working with the team at Fringe to make this another truly memorable festival!" - Stephanie Bell, Tiger Beer Brand Manager, Heineken Ireland
The 2016 line-up is phenomenal. Diverse, compelling, with magical moments abound. All cultural tastes are catered for on a grand scale. There are artists you know and love making huge leaps, creating their next and best thing. Find new voices, new talent, new combinations of makers from across many disciplines. Fringe is the kind of festival where you can always hedge your bets; you’re certain to get bravery, quality and ambition. It’s the festival where you jump into the fray along with the hundreds of artists who will thrill Dublin this September. Be adventurous, think big, laugh out loud and leave it all on the dance floor. This is Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016!
Here’s a further look at what to expect this September across different genres:
Project Arts Centre celebrates its half centenary this year has it all going on with Fringe again this year with many premiere shows taking place at the Temple Bar venue. First up is Brokentalkers’ This Beach which focuses on space, ownership and property, a play made in response to the current refugee crisis gripping Europe; Belfast playwright, Stacey Gregg give her play Override its Irish premiere – a conflicting love story in a world of body augmentations, and dreams of a flawless life; Republic of Telly’s Joanne McNally stars in her new one-woman show. Bite Me, directed by Una McKevitt, tackles the downsides to dieting and the crazy journey reached to finding herself; Umbrella Theatre Project carve a journey through music, movement and puppetry in the fantastical laboratory of William Charles ‘Bugboy’ De Brulle with their show Glowworm; Coast is a hard-hitting new drama by award winning writer and Fringe favourite Tracy Martin and Red Bear Productions which tells the story of four souls at crisis point staged; Traitor follows the stories of five people caught up in a changing world: their betrayals, loves and various body modifications.
Collapsing Horse assembles their biggest ensemble yet to retell the Roman epic, The Aeneid. Also over at Smock Alley Theatre check out Into the Water from Riverdance alumni Up & Over It (Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding) - a fantasy dance adventure for the whole family. Cleary and Harding have travelled the world with their take on traditional folk dance and even started an online hand dancing craze with over 11 million views; Breaks by Bez Kinte is a theatre piece which circles the mysteries of an incredible true story about the limits of what a woman can take; Ian Toner’s Animalia is about two very different girls who try to navigate a world occupied by kids who don’t know any better and adults who really should; influenced by queer performance, Primetime Investigates and the Reeling In The Years 1980s boxset, Gays Against The Free State by Oisin McKenna platforms queer and republican activism; and Vickey Curtis returns to Fringe with Finem Respice where she delves into a personal account of how she feels life versus death.
Staying in Temple Bar’s theatre heaven, The New Theatre has many cultural treats in store too - Dylan Coburn Gray’s Briseis After The Black is a new super-spruced up and provocative version of the odd 1990’s play Briseis + Achilles. It’s about women and how often their job is to die, in fiction and life alike. Also showing at The New Theatre is RISK by Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Theatre Co. & A Sinkhole in Guatamala by Sarah Gordon, Release the Baboons by Paul Currie and Half Light by Mollie Mollumby.
From one of the most enthralling live acts of recent times, An Evening with HamsandwicH hosts an acoustic set by Ireland’s favourite indie pop band set in the magical surroundings of the Spiegeltent; Brought together by Fringe in 2010, This Is How We Fly have a collective pedigree which includes collaborations with The Gloaming, The Chieftans, Darol Anger and Gjallarhorn, along with work in theatre, dance and contemporary music; also at the mirrored tent is Limerick’s hottest musical trio Rusangano Family who offer a mix of hip hop, razor sharp rap and spoken word that collide with explosive beats in an electrifying live show, balanced off nicely with modern soul and pop, with support from Cork’s soaring Shookrah; Homebeats Presents Dublin duo Forrests who elegantly straddle twin worlds of electronic music. With one foot placed in the glacial surrounds of carefully considered and crafted electronica, the other rests happily amongst the warmer climes of heart melting dance floor euphoria; Goulash Disko with Caravana Banda and featuring Babu Król & DJ Gadio CZ – make sure to bring your dancing shoes, join the circus and get lost in some real Slavic soul for the festival’s closing night party.
Award-winning choreographer Liz Roche collaborates with an exceptional cast of dancers in a new film and spoken word poetry in Wrongheaded, a beautifully choreographed response to the 8th amendment. In this carefully crafted Double Bill performance which also features Oona Doherty’s Hope Hunt, where she deconstructs the stereotype of the concrete disadvantaged male, and raise it up into a Caravaggio bright white limbo – both shows run at the Project Arts Centre; Over at the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock stage, choreographer Aoife McAtamney leads an ensemble of spirited performers in Age of Transition which celebrates community; gently segwaying from the national theatre downstream to the Dublin Docklands Low Lying by Robbie Blake, Jessie Keenan and Ciara McKeon is a show that investigates what we felt after we heard the economic bubble crash, through music, dance and visuals.
Having the LOLs are paramount at Fringe so good comedy is a must - after a seven-year break from stand up, during which she had babies, made a movie in Vietnam and became the mother of Moone Boy, Deirdre O’Kane returns with a brand new show, 1Dee; Jason Byrne too pitches up with his brand new show Jason Byrne is Propped Up – everything you’d to expect from the king of comedy, plus ducks, false chins, portable igloos, bewildered owls and much, much more! Cabaret, comedy and drag fans will be thrilled by Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales as The Vaudevillians, a double act from the 1920s back to reclaim their hits stolen by contemporary pop artists.
We’ve got an icon in our midst – New York underground’s legendary Penny Arcade will battle against the gentrification of our souls, in a co-presentation with the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock stage. Fringe has gone crazy for talkshows – Alison Spittle, Lords of Strut and Dick Walsh each make the format their own; Funnyman trio Foil, Arms and Hog return with their brand new show DoomDah where you can learn how to speak Dublish, find your perfect stereo from a broad range of stereotypes, and thank God you’re not the tallest person in the room; Comedian Gearóid Farrelly loves old things such as vinyl, grandparents, grudges and stages his brand new show Things at the Stags Head. The late Joan Rivers described Gearóid fondly as “the best opening act in his price range.”
International cult comedy show FanFiction Comedy makes its Irish debut! Join stand-up comedians Heidi O’Loughlin, Steven Boyce and special guests as they delve into the creepy internet phenomenon of fan-fiction; The Definitive View with Sneachta Ní Mhurchú is a playback revue of the best and worst Irish radio of the past week, hosted by Ireland’s favourite self-important presenter; Star of Best Irish YouTube Channel Facts and co- host of the Stoneface Films Podcast, Davey Reilly’s comedy show, Dysmorphin’ Time!, fluffs around with body image, food and Power Rangers. Two tantalizing Fringe debuts at the International Bar are Andréa Farrell giving her first full stand up night with her show Who Loves You?; and Emma Doran explores the world through her sarcastic, cynical, no nonsense eyes in Liga, Lube and a Bottle of Gin, both run at the at the International Bar.
TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE runs from September 10 – 25. Book now online at www.fringefest.com or 1850 FRINGE (1850 374 643) from August 31.
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