Corn Exchange

The fabulous, wonderful Corn Exchange have two shows on in Dublin this month.

Happy Days is on at the Project until November 20th and then Freefall starts in the Abbey on November 23rd.

I saw Happy Days at the Abbey with Fiona Shaw as Winnie a couple of years ago. It was part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. I am happy to see it again because I think it’s a play that probably improves with repeated viewings. It’s Beckett so it’s not surprising that it’s a bit odd. The couple sitting next to me left at the interval, thinking the play was over. They happened to be having a coffee in the foyer when the announcement came on to say that the second half was starting soon.

In an almost perfect inverse I saw Freefall at the Project as part of last year’s Dublin Theatre Festival. Since then they have been to Edinburgh and Mexico (I love the photos from that trip!). I thought it was a beautiful show and will probably be dragging a few people along to see it in the Abbey.

You should go see both because Corn Exchange are a wonderful company who a pretty much guaranteed to give you a great night’s entertainment, and be moving and thought-provoking too. And if you are still not convinced, go see Happy Days on Wednesday when all tickets are only €12 and see what you think!

Corn Exchange in Edinburgh with Freefall

Corn Exchange, one of my favourite Irish theatre companies, are currently performing Freefall at the Traverse Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Fringe. Freefall is their beautiful and moving show from last year’s Ulster Bank Theatre Dublin Festival. It’s a small story about an ordinary man but told with much compassion, gentle humour and a little bit of silliness. The narrative weaves and bobs over the course of the play, time and places change quickly and the cast play a number of different characters (or the same characters at different times in their life) but these transitions seem natural within the structure of the play and the audience never gets left behind. There is a lot going on in the play but Corn Exchange make it look easy!

I loved Freefall when I saw it at the Project last October and it is getting a lot of love from the people of Edinburgh as well. There have been 4 star reviews from Fringe Guru and The List, and a nomination for the Carol Tambor Award. (I follow Corn Exchange on Twitter and Facebook and they keep me up-to-date on these things!).

Freefall is at the Traverse until August 29 and back in Dublin at the Abbey on 23 November – 4 December. I’m looking forward to seeing it again then!