Programme to turn Fringe on its head

by Mark O'Brien
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Dublin Fringe Festival has announced the line-up for its 24th edition, with a programme that is sure to turn the city on its head this September.

Some of the hottest new talent will perform across 23 venues in the city – from a vintage bus trav-elling around the Phoenix Park to City Hall; from Stephen’s Green to outside the GPO; inside your earphones and on the heads of iconic Dublin statues.

Dublin Fringe is Ireland’s largest multidisciplinary arts festival, and home to the bold and brave showcasing brand-new ideas for the first time – this year, the festival will run for 16 days and nights, stage an impressive 80 productions, 554 performances, with 55 world premieres.

Fringe introduces the hottest new talent and connects artists with audiences. As a year-round organisation, it sources and develops talent.

Artists such as Alison Spittle, Rusangano Family, and the hit play, Dublin Oldschool – which has been adapted into a critically successful film – all started at Dublin Fringe.

“This programme is pulsing with energy, adventure and joy,” said Ruth McGowan, Dublin Fringe Festival’s new artistic director.

“It’s a festival of firsts – each of the 80 events are brand-new and happening in Dublin for the very first time at Fringe.

“We’re introducing the essential voices you need to hear from. I can’t wait for you to meet them.”

This year’s festival highlights include The Money by Kaleider Productions – a cross between a game and a theatrical performance.

Choose to be either a Silent Witness or a Player and take a seat in City Hall as the audience have one hour to decide unanimously how to spend a pot of real cash.

A Holy Show by Janet Moran and presented by Mermaid Arts Centre is a new comedy about the 1981 hijacking of an Aer Lingus plane by an ex-Trappist monk with a bottle of water as his weapon, the Pope as his nemesis, and a burning desire to know the third secret of Fátima.

This year’s festival also boasts 10 free shows across the programme.

Dublin Fringe Festival runs city-wide from September 8-23. All 2018 Fringe events are now on sale at, or by calling 1850 FRINGE (1850 374 643) from August 29.

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