Ailís Ní Ríain, Brian Irvine and Meltybrains? at Dublin Fringe Festival 2018

Alvean Jones in Ailís Ní Ríain’s ‘I Used to Feel’

Ailís Ní Ríain, Brian Irvine and Meltybrains? at Dublin Fringe Festival 2018

The music strand of the Festival will also feature a 'virtual venue' for online-only work.

The 2018 Dublin Fringe Festival will take place on 8–23 September. This year’s music strand features experimental, theatrical and pop music, with a focus on multi-disciplinary and collaborative work.

Composer/playwright Ailís Ní Ríain will present her site-specific music theatre work I Used To Feel (21–23 September, The Marker Hotel), an exploration of the experience of deafness and isolation. The work is set in a hotel room, and combines theatre, live music, visual language and movement, performed by Alvean Jones and Kate Romano.

Animated street art opera Drive-By Shooting (18–23 September, venues TBC), produced by writer John McIlduff and composer Brian Irvine as Dumbworld, will be projected on walls in the city centre, with a soundtrack broadcast through headphones. 

The festival, together with Dublin Digital Radio, will also feature a ‘virtual venue’ to broadcast work that exists only online, including Sean Finnan and Jane Deasy’s but to go further. This ‘theatrophone’ work uses source material from YouTube, radio and film to explore dissociation and identity, and will receive three broadcasts during the festival (9/12/16 September). 

Writer, director and musician Zoe Ni Riordain will present a ‘live album’ of new pop songs called Everything I Do with frequent collaborator Maud Lee (7 September, Project Arts Centre), and noise pop band Meltybrains? will collaborate with visual artists Algorithm on 18 September at Abbey Theatre. The Fried Plantains Collective will host Black Jam (15 September, The Complex), a night of spoken word, hip hop and African and Irish punk and funk music which will be free for asylum seekers and refugees. 

Theatre and comedy forms a core part of this year’s music strand, with shows from Lady Grew (Hookers Do It Standing Up, 18–21 September, The International Bar); Pam Boyd and Sean Millar (Shame, 19–22 September, Abbey Theatre); Fionntán Larney and Dominic O’Brien (Beat., 11–15 September, Smock Alley Theatre); Fionn Foley (Brendan Galileo for Europe, 11–20 September, Bewley’s Café Theatre); Joan Somers Donnell and Donncha MacCoil (Everything Can Be Dismantled, 12–16 September, The Lir Academy); and The Mess Around and Popical Island (Trial of the Centurys, 18–22 September, Project Arts Centre).

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Published on 17 July 2018

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