WITH 79 events, on nine stages over six venues, Limerick Fringe 2018 has something weird, wonderful, delightful and meaningful for all ages from Thursday 5. The festival promotes new, vibrant and daring performances in the city centre. They call it a “performing arts pick ‘n’ mix” with something for everyone. We take a closer look at our pick of the bunch here.
Also don’t forget to look out for free family events on Catherine Street and Bedford Row over the weekend.
RAVENOUS (St John’s Pavilion – Friday & Saturday) takes its cue from 80s/90s’ illegal rave culture. The dance theatre show by the award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke will see St. John’s transformed into a derelict warehouse with music on the decks from The Prodigy and Mogwai. Performed by the five dancers of the highly competitive Step Up: Dance Project 2017, four have a direct connection with Limerick herself. Celina Jaffe (USA), Niamh Kelly (IRE), Oran Leong (IRE), and Bianca Paige Smith (USA) are all recent graduates of dance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL.
BEOWULF (Dolan’s) A stand-up-saga adventure inspired by one of history’s oldest tales.
Beowulf, the hero of the Geats comes to the aid of the King of the Danes in a heroic epic.
Nominated for the Inspiration Award at the Prague Fringe Festival.
THE MAGIC CROW (Chez Le Fab) The piece of puppet theatre is musical, energetic and suitable for all the family from age three years upwards. An old man meets a crow one day while walking in the woods. This changes his life and he learns some valuable lessons along the way. Director Catherine McVicker uses this art as a medium for raising awareness of important issues, empowerment and having some creative fun.
ROOMINATIONS (Dolan’s) Colourful and hypnotic, Roominations: An Unofficial Parody is a trippy journey into the heart of the worst movie ever made – a psychedelic rock opera and a 45-minute twisted homage theatrical to Tommy Wiseau’s movie masterpiece The Room.
Performed by avant garde pop act Dr. Mindflip who released Roominations on LP after a successful Kickstarter campaign raised 315% of the set target.
Limerick Fringe Festival happens from Thursday April 5 to Saturday April 7. www.limerickfringe.com for all the details.