NUI Galway Drama People at the Dublin Fringe

A lot of our graduates have shows in this year’s Fringe, so I’ve been trying to gather links to them all. If I’ve omitted anything or anyone please let me know below so I can correct it…

WHELP
September 7th-13th, 6:30pm at Smock Alley-Boys’ School.

This one features Mary Conroy and is produced by Grainne Lynch. It’s described by Róise Goan as  “A cautionary tale for those of you who still get the wash done in Ma & Pa’s at the weekend from the increasingly exciting and singular Come As Soon As You Hear.”

They have a nice trailer here:

THE KING’S FEET
The Lir Academy Studio 2, 10-14 September.

Directed by the always impressive Aoife Spillane-Hinks, this looks like a fascinating new play. And as a side-note, and following on from the comments to this post, it is great to see so much new writing in this year’s Fringe.

MADONNA
International Bar, 9-14 September

Meadhbh Haicéid is one of the most talented young writers around, and her new show about Madonna promises to be thought-provoking and entertaining. An earlier version of this appeared in the Theatre Machine Turns You On Vol. 3, from which the clip below is taken.

DECISION PROBLEM Lir Academy Studo 2, 9-14 September.

This post-dramatic one-man show from John Rogers has already appeared in Galway and, as it says in the PR material, it ‘charts the origin, rapid rise and possible future of computers’.

DISTANCE FROM THE EVENT
Collapsing Horse
Beckett Theatre, 5-21 September.

This one has been getting a lot of attention due to the media profile of company co-founder (and TCD Philosophy student) Jack Gleeson (aka King Joffrey from Game of Thrones). But of course what we really find exciting here is that it’s directed by Dan Colley. I couldn’t find a trailer for this but the video below gives a nice feel for what the company is up to.

THE SECRET ART OF MURDER
Smock Alley, 15-21 September. 

According to the press material, this show “delves into a dark, secret world where those in power cover up the truth for their own profit.”  It also features Emmet Byrne. No videos yet that I can find but here’s a link to the Fringe page: http://www.fringefest.com/programme/the-secret-art-of-murder

SOME BAFFLING MONSTER
International bar, 16-21 September.

This one involves Dick Walsh and Richard Seery, and also has one of the catchiest blurbs in the catalogue: “An old man wants to keep control of his farm. His son wants him out of the way. We all know what happens next.”

And a late addition…

LAMBO
The New Theatre
16-21 September.

From Hugh Travers, this again has a great blurb: “What starts as a radio slot about survival guides on the Gay Byrne Show quickly descends into media frenzy. A story of murder. Gerry Ryan has killed a lamb. Kind of. Maybe.” Hugh has posted a link to his video below so please scroll down and check it out.


Of course these shows all feature graduates from many other universities as well, but it’s great to see so many of our recent students making such interesting (and varied) work.

The full programme is on http://www.fringefest.com/

And if I’ve omitted anything please do tell me – every year we find that the best way to inspire current students is to show them what former students are getting up to…

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