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28 Sept - 1 Oct 2017

Come Away With Me to the End of The World

Dublin Theatre Festival/Ranters Theatre, Australia
4 - 8 Oct 2017 Girl Song Dublin Theatre Festival/United Fall, Ireland
10 - 11 Oct 2017 Her Voice Dublin Theatre Festival/KAMONE-ZA, Japan
13 - 15 Oct 2017 Fruits of Labor Dublin Theatre Festival/Miet Warlop, Belgium
25 - 26 October 2017 The Woman is Present Smashing Times Theatre Company
27 October 2017 Women in an Equal Europe (Symposium) Smashing Times Theatre Company
27 October 2017 Creative Equality - Youth Arts Ensemble Smashing Times Theatre Company
9 - 11 November 2017 Dubliners Opera Theatre Company & Wexford Festival Opera

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Dublin Theatre Festival at the Beckett

Come Away With Me to the End of The World

Dates: Thursday 28 Sept to Saturday 30 Sept at 7.30pm; Saturday 30 Sept & Sunday 1 Oct at 2.30pm

Company: Ranters Theatre, Australia

Details:

Come Away With Me to the End of the World is a quietly humorous meditation on life and death. The audience watches as three performers shape and reshape their physical and emotional selves, confronting the space between their actual lives and their dreamed selves. This self-imposed quest takes them through shifting landscapes and climates, snow-topped mountain peaks and erupting volcanoes to a final meeting with Greek music legend Demis Roussos on the day before his death.

Come Away With Me to the End of the World asks questions about how we live and how we want to live as we brush up against our own mortality. First produced by Malthouse Theatre and developed with the assistance of the National Theatre Studio.

Assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

It is a relief to feel so free, open-mouthed and childlike in the theatre. Herald Sun
Surprising and beautifully executed. The Australian

Duration: 1 hr, 40 mins (no interval)

Tickets:

28 Sept (7.30pm) & 30 Sept (2.30pm) Euro 20/18 conc; All other performances Euro 25/23 conc

Booking:

All advance booking should be made through the Dublin Theatre Festival Box Office.

The Samuel Beckett Theatre Box Office (01 - 896 2461) will be open from 3pm on days of performance (11am for matinees) for enquiries and for the sale of any remaining tickets.

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Dublin Theatre Festival at the Beckett

Girl Song

Dates: Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 Oct (Previews), Friday 6 & Saturday 7 Oct 7.30pm; Saturday 7 Oct 2.30pm (Matinee); Sunday 8 Oct 2pm (Matinee) & 7pm

Company: United Fall, Ireland

Details:

In an empty room, a young girl paints pictures of a perfect future, while dancing to her favourite pop song.
A woman stares at a television set.
There's a creature in the corner that won't go away.

What cannot be cured must be endured.

Exploring passages of a life, Girl Song is an ode to the extraordinary details of an ordinary existence. The viewer is thrown into a world that is obscure, visceral and at times absurd.

From the creator of Dancehall, Tundra and Dogs, Emma Martin's new work is a fierce and multi-layered dance-theatre creation.

Co-production: Dublin Theatre Festival, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen). Project co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

Produced with commission support from Irish Arts Center, New York City.
Supported by Dance Ireland.
Funded through an Arts Council Dance Project Award.

Duration: 70 mins (no interval)

Tickets:

Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 Oct (Previews) Euro 15/14 conc, Matinees Euro 20/18 conc, All other performances Euro 25/23 conc.

Booking:

All advance booking should be made through the Dublin Theatre Festival Box Office.

The Samuel Beckett Theatre Box Office (01 - 896 2461) will be open from 3pm on days of performance (11am for matinees) for enquiries and for the sale of any remaining tickets.

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Dublin Theatre Festival at the Beckett

Her Voice

Inspired by Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days

Dates: Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 Oct at 7.30pm

Company: KAMONE-ZA, Japan

Details:

A new look at a familiar play, Her Voice takes Beckett's text and creates something altogether unique, a show that is stripped of language, relying on movement, gesture, and facial expression to bring his stage directions to life.

The lifework of Makoto Sato and Keiko Takeya, this show encapsulates the dizzy crossing of silence and laughter, passion and resignation, and fleeting sense of time that underscores so much of Beckett's original work, all the while breathing new life into his oeuvre. 

Suitable for ages 14+

Duration: 75 mins (no interval)

Tickets:

10 & 11 Oct Euro 25/23 conc

Booking:

All advance booking should be made through the Dublin Theatre Festival Box Office.

The Samuel Beckett Theatre Box Office (01 - 896 2461) will be open from 3pm on days of performance (11am for matinees) for enquiries and for the sale of any remaining tickets.

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Dublin Theatre Festival at the Beckett

Fruits of Labor

Dates: Friday 13 & Saturday 14 Oct at 7.30pm, Sunday 15 Oct at 2.30pm

Company: Miet Warlop, Belgium

Details:

Following her exuberantly anarchic Mystery Magnet in 2012, Miet Warlop returns to Dublin Theatre Festival with Fruits of Labor, a trippy crossover between theatre and concert, melding sculpture with music in a wild and crazy live performance.

Warlop is joined onstage by three musicians, and a roadie as this psychoactive parade of music and objects transform the entire stage – and the world – into an instrument.

Fruits of Labor revolves around a drum set whose rhythmic beats dominate the soundtrack and ultimately ensnare everybody and everything. In a world gone off the rails, Warlop riffs on themes such as religion, martyrdom, slowmotion terrorism, romanticism, tradition, leadership, psychosis, time, drugs, trips and nature, dictating an artistic vision that absorbs and vibrates as much as it shimmers and endures.

Suitable for ages 16+

Contains loud sound effects and noise levels.

Co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Dublin Theatre Festival, Vooruit (Ghent),
BUDA (Kortrijk), La Villette (Paris), PACT Zollverein (Essen), La Batie (Geneva), Gessnerallee
(Zurich), International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hamburg). Project co-produced by
NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

Duration: 55 mins (no interval)

Tickets:

Euro 25/23 conc

Booking:

All advance booking should be made through the Dublin Theatre Festival Box Office.

The Samuel Beckett Theatre Box Office (01 - 896 2461) will be open from 3pm on days of performance (11am for matinees) for enquiries and for the sale of any remaining tickets.

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The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of WWII

Imagined recreation of moments from the lives of women in WWII
by Deirdre Kinahan, Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson and Paul Kennedy

Dates:

Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 October at 7.30pm

Details:

The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of WWII is a creative reimagining of moments from the lives of women during WWII recalling stories of bravery, sacrifice and love amidst the horror of war, as women stood up against Fascism and totalitarianism, and refused to accept oppression. Each performance is followed by a post-show discussion with the artists and invited guest speakers to explore powerful women's stories in history and themes of gender equality and peace in Ireland, Northern Ireland and internationally. The performance goes on national and international tour to Ireland, Northern Ireland and Germany from September 2017 to February 2018.

The women's stories can be found in the Women War and Peace Digital book, with a foreword by Marian Harkin, MEP, which contains 23 stories of women's experiences during World War II and is now available online. The book was launched at the Mansion House, Dublin on 8 November 2016 by Mary Lawlor, Front Line Defenders and Cllr Rebecca Moynihan, Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin. The editor of the book is Mary Moynihan, Artistic Director, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company and Lecturer, BA in Drama (Performance), Conservatory of Music and Drama, and key contributors are Edyta Pietrzak, Inga Kuzma, Fernando Benavente Tendillo Kilian Cuerda Ros, Arne Schrader, Freda Manweiler, Mary Moynihan, Jessie Smith, Bernard Wilson (writing about the life of Mary Elmes) and Nadia Clare Smith (writing about the life of Dorothy Macardle).

The show is followed by a post-show discussion with the actors.

Speakers
The Actors
Mary Moynihan, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company
Lynn Jackson, Holocaust Education Trust
Dijana Milosevic, DAH Theatre, Serbia

Moderator
Paul Kennedy, playwright and director
Freda Manweiler, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company

Tickets:

Euro 15, 10 conc

Booking:

Advance booking may be made online.

The Samuel Beckett Theatre Box Office (01 - 896 2461) will be open from 5pm on days of performance for the sale of day tickets.

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Creative Arts Symposium: Women in an Equal Europe

Date:

Friday 27 October, 10am to 2pm

Details:

Women in an Equal Europe Creative Arts Symposium gathers artist and human rights activists together to explore how artists and citizens can actively influence EU policy and engages citizens in debate on the kind of Europe we want for the future in relation to gender equality, diversity and peace. The symposium features a youth ensemble performance, guest speakers and parallel theatre workshops to explore the role of the EU in promoting women's rights and human rights as shared values for a peaceful and prosperous future for all. 

Speakers
Marian Harkin, MEP, Ireland
Mary Duffin, Ireland, Theatre Maker, TOTO Practitioner and Screenwriter
Sasa Bijelanovic, Youth worker, Youth Peace Group Danube, Vukovar, Croatia
Mary Moynihan, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company

Artist Facilitators
Dijana Milosevic, DAH Theatre, Serbia
Mary Duffin, Theatre Maker, TOTO practitioner and Screenwriter
Freda Manweiler, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company
Roisin Mc Atamney, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company

Launch Screenings
Launch of Women in an Equal Europe Digital Book featuring positive stories of change for women from Ireland, Spain, Croatia and Serbia that have come about as a result of belonging to the EU.
Launch of Creative Film Documentary on women, feminism and Europe. Women interviewed on film include Olwen Fouere, Actor, Director and Creative Artist; Dijana Milosevic, Theatre Director, Writer and Lecturer and Artistic Director, DAH Theatre, Serbia; Dil Wickemasinghe, Broadcaster and Journalist; Orla O'Connor, Director of the National Women's Council; Sinead Burke, writer and academic; Mirjana Renduli, Actor, Writer and Facilitator; Pom Boyd, Actor, Writer, Director and Collaborative Artist; Constance Short, Visual Artist, Arts Organiser and Cultural Conduit; Shirley Graham, Social Researcher and Activist; and Vanessa Ogida, Broadcast Journalist, Motivational Speaker/Writer, Trainer and Entrepreneur.

Moderator
Chrissie Poulter, Head of Drama, School of Drama, Film and Music, TCD

Tickets:

Euro 5

Booking:

Advance booking may be made online.

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Creative Equality:

Smashing Times Youth Arts Ensemble

Date:

Friday 27 Ocober at 7.30pm

Details:

As part of Women in an Equal Europe, Smashing Times Youth Arts are working with 12 young people ages 18 to 23, to create an original multi-disciplinary performance incorporating theatre, spoken word, music and film, aiming to use creative processes to promote gender quality and human rights. This performance premiere features in the Women in an Equal Europe Youth Symposium from 10am - 2pm on the same day. Key professional artists involved are: Mary Moynihan, Theatre and Film Maker, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company; Chrissie Poulter, Head of Drama, School of Drama, Film and Music, TCD; Dr Eric Weitz, Associate Professor of Drama, School of Drama, Film and Music, TCD; Peter Sheridan, writer, actor, director and Ronan O Snodaigh, Kila, musician and performer.

Post-Show Speakers: The Actors
Post-Show Moderator: Roisin Mc Atamney

The above projects are co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund and the Arts Council Young Ensembles Scheme.

Tickets:

Euro 5

Booking:

Advance booking may be made online.

The Samuel Beckett Theatre Box Office (01 - 896 2461) will be open from 5pm on 27 October the sale of day tickets.

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Dubliners

Dates:

Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 November 2017 at 7.30pm

Company:

Opera Theatre Company & Wexford Festival Opera

Director:

Anabelle Comyn

Details:

An unsuitable lover ... an interfering mother ... an oppressive boss ... a dreary job ... an insult that haunts ... escape to the pub ... glimpses of another life ... imagination running away ... reality ... lack of funds ... frustration and humiliation ... violence.

Life's ups, downs, ins and outs unfold in front of a city of onlookers. James Joyce's Dubliners perfectly captures the emotions, characters and flavours of Dublin from 100 years ago. Two new operas by Andrew Synnott (composer) and Arthur Riordan (librettist), each based on one story from Dubliners, are both contemporary and entertaining, and bring Joyce's characters vividly to life.

In a new production from Opera Theatre Company and Wexford Festival Opera, Dubliners marks the operatic debut of the acclaimed theatre director Annabelle Comyn, whose productions have been seen at the Abbey Theatre, Druid, Landmark Productions and the Dublin Theatre Festival. She is joined by Set Designer Paul O'Mahony (OTC's Acis and Galatea), costume designer Joan O'Clery and Lighting Designer Rory Beaton.

Counterparts
Office worker Farrington concentrates more on his drinking plans than his day job and is humiliated by his overbearing boss. His attempts to drown his misery in Dublin's pubs backfires as he faces yet more humiliation. Frustrated, he returns home where his mood worsens and he takes out his anger on the first person he meets. The music and libretto capture this foreboding as Farrington's world spins apart.

The Boarding House
Jack Mooney introduces The Boarding House, which caters for clerks and visiting music-hall entertainers. The scheming proprietor, Mrs Mooney, allows her daughter Polly to spend time with the male residents. When a relationship blossoms between Polly and successful clerk Bob Doran, Mrs Mooney waits until it is publicly observed, knowing that Doran will have no choice but to propose. The music and libretto poke fun at all of the characters as this entertaining drama unfolds.

Cast
Polly/Mrs Delacour/Barmaid/Tom: Emma Nash
Mother/Weathers Anna Jeffers
Bob/Alleyne/O'Halloran Andrew Gavin
Jack/Flynn David Howes
Higgins Peter O'Donohue
FarringtonCormac Lawlor

Opera Theatre Company ensemble is directed from the piano by Andrew Synnott. 

Tickets:

Euro 22/20 conc

Booking:

All advance booking to be made online.

The Samuel Beckett Theatre Box Office (01 - 896 2461) will be open from 4pm on days of performance for enquiries and for the sale of day tickets.

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Last updated 22 September 2017 by Francis Thackaberry (Email).