An Irish premiere for 'Da' and productions of the musical 'Marcella', Moliere's 'Tartuffe' and Neil Simon's 'The Sunshine Boys' at the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Tangents takes a look at some of the productions that will form part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Hugh Leonards play 'Da' is in the works for its Irish premiere in the hands of American director and designer Jim Waring. Waring describes the theme of the play as 

The age old battle between father and son and it's the son's attempts to get away from the influences of the father through his life.

Waring directed the American premiere of the play in Marilyn just outside Washington DC and there are plans for a Broadway production following the Dublin Theatre Festival. 

According to Waring, the Dublin Theatre Festival is well known and well thought of in theatre circles in the United States. 

'Marcella', a musical based on Brinsley McNamara's 1926 play 'Look at the Heffernans' starring Rosaleen Linehan at the Olympia Theatre is also in rehearsal. 

A rustic musical written in the tradition of the golden years.

Niall Tóibín stars alongside Des Keogh and Dominique McEvoy (also acting as translator) in a production of 'Tartuffe' by Moliere directed by Maurice Jacquemont (Paris). Here the challenges of rehearsals are multiplied where two languages are involved.  

Eddie Byrne and Milo O'Shea are playing in the latest Neil Simon Broadway success 'The Sunshine Boys' opening at the Gaiety Theatre for the festival. 

This episode of 'Tangents' was broadcast on 1 October 1973. The reporter is Doireann Ní Bhriain.