18 October 2004
The View Presents...Fringe Festival Diary
The ESB Dublin Fringe Festival runs alongside its older sister the Dublin Theatre Festival, starting a week earlier and this year including some 150 shows from 15 countries. In its time, the Fringe has premiered and profiled the work of individuals and companies including Conor McPherson, Mark O'Rowe, Enda Walsh, Bedrock, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Semper Fi, Rough Magic and The Corn Exchange. Started by Jimmy Fay and Bedrock Theatre Company in 1995, it's mainly theatre, with a strong dance input as well as a visual arts presence. Not a come-all-ye like the Edinburgh Fringe, the Dublin festival has a director - this year Australian Vallejo Gantner - who invites companies to take part. At the same time, the range is wide, including innovation and disappointments, standing ovations and rotten tomatoes, as well as the weird and the wonderful. The View asked Feenish Productions to take a whirl through this year's international showcase which ended just last weekend. The cast of characters includes festival judge Marina Rafter (what will win the prize for Sexiest Production?) and theatre director Jimmy Fay, still a believer but also an independent voice, commenting frankly on the festival he helped found.

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