Tiger Dublin Fringe, Ireland’s most exciting festival for new faces, brand new performances and cutting edge shows, is also the country’s most important platform for daring new voices in the performing arts universe.
This year’s festival blossoms into a whole new phase after its ‘coming of age’ last year. Celebration is still key, with a bigger and better programme, and as with experience, it will be smart while oozing a new sex appeal, but holding onto that bright kiddish glint in its eye due to a keen promise of all that’s new on the cultural calender.
The Spiegletent too makes another grand appearance - grand in its own right but also in its new location in Dublin’s Georgian Quarter, at Merrion Square.
Promising the very best in Irish and international performing arts where Fringe is the epicentre of every venue throughout the city - this humdinger of a festival runs from September 10 – 25.
Fringe proudly welcomes back Tiger Beer as our title sponsor for a third consecutive year as they are continually passionate about tapping into the creative pulse at both an Irish and international level. Tiger Dublin Fringe hopes to whet your cultural appetites for an another thrilling year of the festival – BOOKING for these six highlights are now open at fringefest.com
Filling the prime spot at the all new posh Spiegel location, THISISPOPBABY makes a very welcome return to the 22nd edition of Tiger Dublin Fringe with their all new theatre cabaret, RIOT. Expect a heady mix of wild theatre, banging jigs, slapstick comedy and jaw-dropping circus. Infusing the magic of the beloved Spiegeltent with the energy of the dance floor, it's your big night out, but with a dazzling twist. Celebrating ten years of explosive events, THISISPOPBABY presents their most entertaining show yet; a glittering roulette of the brilliant, brazen and bizarre. Pulling out all the stops with an all-star Irish cast including Emmet Kirwan (Dublin Oldschool), The Queen of Ireland Panti Bliss, electro-pop Irish dance duo Up & Over It, street performance world champions The Lords of Strut, Megan Riordan (Once, The Musical) and more. Music by award-winning music-maker Alma Kelliher. Get booking for RIOT immediately as this is the hottest ticket at Fringe. Runs 14 – 25 September.
Remember BRIEFS, the all male burlesque hotties from down under? Well, BRIEFS Factory has grown since they performed at the 2013 Fringe and this year they present HOT BROWN HONEY. It’s the women that cook up a storm this time, raising Dublin’s September temperatures up a notch (or ten) – the Tiger Dublin Fringe microclimate will reach fever pitch this Autumn complete with lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment. Serving up an audacious platter of dance, poetry, comedy, circus, striptease and song, HOT BROWN HONEY make big noise with their fierceness - defiantly shattering preconceptions in an explosion of colour, culture and controversy. Fighting the power never tasted so sweet at the Spiegeltent (10 - 16 September).
The provocative Collapsing Horse Theatre make a Fringe comeback with a new world premiere, THE AENEID. Based on the ancient epic poem that tells the story of the people who left a burning Troy to create the city of Rome. Not a bad story ...for a piece of propaganda. Within it lies the foundation myth of the Roman people from which they derived their identity, and the Emperor Augustus established his divine authority. Bringing the world of this old but familiar tale to life with their super-charged clever brand of indelible theatrical magic and imagination – this is a not to be missed theatre show combining artistic disciplines, making for a truly entertaining night out and runs at Smock Alley Theatre (14 - 24 September).
Dance continues to take up the vanguard of the Fringe programme and this year the brilliant Aoife McAtamney brings her new work, AGE OF TRANSITION, where her growing talents emerge. Choreographer, dancer and songwriter McAtamney premiers a soulful feast of contemporary dance, music and visual arts. Following standout Fringe performances including a cameo with Justin Vivian Bond in 2015 and the remarkable dance installation series The Fourteenth Visit at the RHA in 2014 – celebrating community and its key role in self-actualisation, this show will feature original songs in collaboration with musician Michael Gallen and choreography by Berlin’s brightest dance troupe Sweetie Sit Down. Runs at the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage (10 - 16 September).
Sophie Motley (WillFredd Theatre) returns to the festival, directing the Irish premiere of Belfast playwright, Stacey Gregg’s, OVERRIDE - a conflicting love story in a world of body augmentations, inflated class aspirations and dreams of a flawless life. This production mirrors Spike Jonze’s Her, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and represents a new wave of tech-concerned, trans-medial art, reflecting very current ethical debates and discoveries. Developed under the guidance of researcher and medical practitioner Dr Barry Lyons (TCD’s Schools of Philosophy and Medicine, founder of Shame and Medicine work group), it will be presented by White Label - a collective of independent theatre artists, established in Dublin in 2014 to redesign the Irish creative landscape through multidisciplinary projects. Runs at Projects Arts Centre (Upstairs) (9 - 17 September).
Following on from their powerful and haunting Fringe success with It Folds in 2015, Brokentalkers bring THIS BEACH to Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016.The play is presented as part of EUROPOLY with the Goethe-Institut. EUROPOLY is a project in which artists from Europe document and create performaces exploring Europe in times of transformation. THIS BEACH is made in response to the current refugee crisis gripping Europe today and the notion of sovereignty of one people over a piece of land; and the lengths people will go to create barriers to entry to their dominion. Set around a European family who are the owners of a beach which has been ‘in their family’ for generations. The family celebrate a wedding, a union between two sides; each of whom can offer something to the other. Security, prosperity, progeny. During the wedding celebration a stranger arrives on the shore of their beach and the family must decide how to deal with this stranger. Runs at Project Arts Centre (Upstairs) (10 - 17 September).
And to get into the nitty gritty mechanics of all that is Fringe, Volunteer applications for this year’s festival open later this month, offering thrilling opportunities to get involved in box office, production, the Spiegeltent and much more. Applicants can email Volunteer Coordinator Paul Donnelly on firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Just a vignette of this year’s exciting sixteen day feast of brand new and explosive performance arts, TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE 2016 runs city-wide from September 10 – 25. Early release tickets for these six shows now on sale at fringefest.com with the full programme available from mid-July.
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