Dublin Made: Tiger Dublin Fringe Kicks it’s Teenage Years into Touch
Tiger Dublin Fringe enters post-adolescence with a bang, bringing on board a new director Kris Nelson and title sponsors Tiger Beer, as it celebrates two decades of top notch and ground-breaking new performing arts with a festival of firsts this September. 16 days of on-the-edge dance, music, comedy, theatre, spectacle and more.
Distinct from its other European counterparts Tiger Dublin Fringe is centred on active curation. The thick-bound programme might still be intimidating to newcomers, but thanks to the tastemakers working on it all year round the potluck odds are stacked in the punter's favour. Prepare to experience Dublin revealed, reimagined and rearranged with this year’s theme promising to take you on an explOration titled Dublin Made.
On the 6th of September the festival will be bought to life in the most spectacular way as The Samuel Beckett Bridge will be turned into Ireland's largest musical instrument, as it’s architecture so aptly lends itself, telling the story of the Harp of Dagda on a massive scale and bringing together musicians and performers from all over Dublin.
2014's other enticing prospects include previous Spirit of the Fringe and Best Production winners The Company who return with their first new show in two years The Rest Is Action, where tragedy is the norm, but action is King; Shaun Dunne and Talking Shop Ensemble stage a new show about care in Ireland called Advocacy advocating the fine art of sticking your oar in! Musically, expect an electrifying composition from Jape and DJ Kormac, just two spectacular outdoor gigs at Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square, while staging brand new dance from Ireland’s newest and upcoming choreographer superstar Philip Connaughton with his work Tardigrade intriguingly described as a kaleidoscopic feast.
Theatre, dance and performance art is still very much the core of Tiger Dublin Fringe. Nonetheless, its comedy billing treads the line between edgy and established that has become such a dominant aspect of its Scottish counterpart. This year is no exception to that trend with the return of Ireland's top comedy trio Foil Arms and Hogs who will be arriving with their brand new show BEGORRH to unveil, a mix of theatre and comedy with wickedly twisted characters, unpredictable scenes and high energy performances resulting in good old fashioned fun!
Fringe’s venues range from the traditional, to the modern, to the virtual. And then there's the rest. There are LED light performances, audio visual shows, live art and community theatre, DEEP aerobics and more.
Tiger Dublin Fringe runs as part of the Dublin Festival Season from the 5th until the 20th September in a plethora of venues across the city. Tickets are bookable at www.fringefest.com