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Tiger Dublin Fringe to launch with free spectacle

1 of 1 Dagda's arrival at the Samuel Beckett Bridge, September 6
Dagda's arrival at the Samuel Beckett Bridge, September 6

As part of the opening weekend Tiger Dublin Fringe events on Saturday September 6 at 9.00pm, Ulysses Opera Theatre present a free large-scale spectacle, taking place on the Samuel Beckett Bridge.

HARP | A River Cantata is Tom Lane's retelling of the myth of Dagda’s arrival to Ireland, featuring a spectacular lighting display, accompanied by live choral work and musical performers. Viewing of the piece will be from the Liffey’s quays either side of the river.

The festival runs from September 5 – 20. Also taking part in the vast, varied programme is the Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq performing her live score (aided by percussion and violin accompaniment) to the documentary film classic, Nanook of the North. This will bring the early 20th-century Arctic and its Innuit community alive in Meeting House Square. Tagaq has collaborated with Björk, Kronos Quartet and Mike Patton. 

Tiger Dublin Fringe events also include dance, music, comedy and theatre from The Company, Shaun Dunne and Talking Shop Ensemble, Jape, DJ Kormac, Philip Connaughton, Foil Arms and Hog and many other acts.

Eoin Colfer’s The Belle Bottoms at Smock Alley Theatre is the story of two disco divas who have been fabulous together since junior infants. The show features songs by Bressie, Eleanor McEvoy, Heathers and Squeeze’s Glen Tilbrook.

Rough Magic presents How to Keep an Alien at Project Cube. Sonya Kelly who was New York Times Critics’ Pick for The Wheelchair on My Face gives us her tender, yet witty memoir about securing an Irish visa for her Australian partner.

Performer and writer Caitríona Ní Mhurchú in collaboration with visual artist Adam Gibney draws on autobiographical, archive material and film footage to explore the loneliness and dislocation of being an Irish speaker in an urban environment, through the prism of Peig Sayers in Eating Seals and Seagulls Eggs at Project Cube.

Jape hits Meeting House Square half way through the festival, using his distinctive inventive mix of live instruments, hardware samplers and sequencers. This will be the first outing also for new outfit Dimman, a collaboration between Richie Egan and Matty Bolger, last seen together as part of the Redneck Manifesto.       

Tiger Dublin Fringe takes place across Dublin city in a host of venues, including Project Arts Centre, Smock Alley, and the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage.

Book now online at www.fringefest.com or 1850 FRINGE (1850 374 643) from August 20th

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