Maretta Dillon searches out some artistic gems for the months ahead.
The irrepressible Little John Nee – writer, performer, story-teller and musician- arrives with a new one man show in the form of Radio Rosario. Against a background of rising fascism, sometime in the near future, a disillusioned cabaret singer falls in love with the radios of our past. A soundscape of ghostly broadcasts begins. In his new stage show, Little John Nee brings his mesmeric musical storytelling to another dimension working again with long-time collaborator musician, visual artist and director Laura Sheeran. Catch this serious comedy about frustration, foreboding and the search for fulfillment in Galway at The Mick Lally Theatre (Sept 5-9) or axis: Ballymun (Sept 28 & 29) as part of Dublin Theatre Festival.
Benjamin Britten’s opera, Owen Wingrave, was composed at the height of the Vietnam War and explores the continually intriguing concept of pacifism as a high minded ideal or a form of cowardice. Opera Collective Ireland (formerly IYO) showcases some of Ireland’s best young singers in a daring staging of this gripping psychodrama. An opera for the times we live in. From September 9 / information and venues from operacollectiveireland.com
Hotly-anticipated Irish thriller MAZE is based on the true story of the 1983 mass breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP Maze high-security prison in Northern Ireland. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor stars as Larry Marley, the chief architect of the escape, who in order to pull off this ambitious feat, comes into contact with prison warder, Gordon Close played by Barry Ward. While Larry and Gordon are initially sworn enemies born on opposite sides of Northern Ireland’s political divide, a slow tentative friendship begins which is to have far reaching consequences for both of them. This is a film that illuminates the recent past while entertaining as a prison escape drama. MAZE is in cinemas – North and South – from September 22.
Author Donal Ryan’s book The Spinning Heart certainly made an impact with its coruscating depiction of Celtic Tiger Ireland. A new stage production promises to preserve the original structure and narrative style of the book while highlighting, often with a scabrous humour, the exacting toll paid by the ordinary people of Ireland. From September 19 at the Gaiety Theatre Dublin.
Dublin Fringe Festival offers a myriad of theatre, performance, dance and musical choices. Among these is the intriguingly titled, Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady. The show is collaboration between artist Amanda Coogan and Dublin Theatre of the Deaf that appropriates Teresa Deevy’s play, The Daughter of the King of Spain using sign language as a choreographic tool in what is sure to be a visually stunning immersive performance. Plenty more to choose from at dublinfringefest.com