I recently started working with The Gonzo Theatre, co-producing their show The Circus of Perseverance, a show that was originally part of the Dublin Fringe Festival 2012. I always like to see Fringe shows come back around again, it’s great when productions have a longer life-span then just the five shows in the Fringe. And since The Circus of Perseverance was sold out in 2012, it’s a wonderful opportunity for those who weren’t able to get tickets the first time around.
This time the show will take take place in the Main Space in Smock Alley which is perfect for the circus-style which frames the production. In this show the circus performers are ordinary Dublin people just trying to get by. It’s a very funny show set in post-boom Dublin – in that typically Irish way it encourages us laugh at our problems, because otherwise we’d cry!
There is a ringmaster who precedes over the proceedings while the six actors in the ensemble play over 40 characters in seven connecting stories. It’s a very talented cast and they move in and out of character very, very quickly. Philip Doherty’s script is very fast-paced and captures Dublin and all the little stories that are playing out around the city each day. There’s also live music provided by two musicians onstage with the cast. It’s a very fun, theatrical show but it has it dark corners too.
The show is on all next week at 8pm in Smock Alley. We have a preview on Monday, opening night on Tuesday and then shows every night until Saturday!
I can also offer blog readers a very special discount for the preview on Monday 25 November – €8 tickets if you use the discount code Circus8 when booking.
It’s only a month since it all ended but the Dublin Fringe and Dublin Theatre Festival already seem like a long time ago. We’ve had time to get our breath back, catch up on sleep and recover from too many late nights in the festival clubs. It’s easy to be over-loaded with choice during the festivals and sometimes it can feel like you’ve over-dosed on great performances and fantastic productions over the two months. A hiatus might be necessary but if you stay away too long you might miss something wonderful!
One of my favourite shows from the last couple of years Pat Kinevane’s Silent is back at the Peacock until December 7, Wed-Sat at 8pm. I went to see it for the second time when it opened last week and once again, it was absolutely fantastic. Pat’s performance is captivating and Tito McGoldrick’s story of how he came to be living on the streets feels like a story that needs to be told, particularly now and particularly at this time of year.
Go see it but book soon because it is bound to sell out!
Silent is a Fishamble production and they have another show currently on tour that I am looking forward to seeing. Guaranteed! had a short run last summer when it played to packed theatres and was followed by passionate post-show discussions. This is Colin Murphy’s imagining of what happened on the night of the bank guarantee. Michael D Higgins said “I think people should come and view it. It’s very, very good.” He’s the president, I think we should do what he says. It’s playing in venues all over the country throughout November and there are more details here.
And for something completely different – those theatrical mavericks from Sheffield Forced Entertainment are in the Project next week (Thur 21 – Sat 23 November) with a new show called Tomorrow’s Parties. Forced Entertainment shows are usually strange and sometimes a little bit difficult but they are always interesting and I always find something new and wonderful in them. They’re always a little bit different and also very much themselves.