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.
Book on the Smock website or phone the box office on 01 6770014.