18 – 23 June | 7:30pm | Boys’ School
The Rapture of Hugo Ball is a rollicking satire staged as an experimental radio comedy with hard hitting live music and sound effects created before your eyes by a multi-talented cast.
The story follows unknown Irish performance artist, Fergal Greene, as he struggles to gain recognition in a fickle contemporary Art world.
With the ghost of Hugo Ball, the founder of modern Performance Art, as his guide, Greene reviews the key moments of his career only to see himself thwarted at every turn by an arts culture rife with competing egos and choked by academic jargon . How much must an artist sacrifice in order to gain recognition? Sleep? Financial security? Friendship? Sanity? Love?
The big hit show of the 2017 Scene & Heard Festival, the Carlow Arts Festival and the Ranelagh Arts Festival returns for a limited run in the Boys’ School.
“Hugo Ball is quite simply a joy. It’s irreverent, full of surreal and fabulous humour and superbly accomplished. Musicians and actors come together led by the remarkably talented Roger Gregg. A gem of a show that our audience at Carlow Arts Festival loved.” – JO MANGAN, Director, Carlow Arts Festival
“I’m a big fan of Roger Gregg’s work but ‘The Rapture of Hugo Ball’ has been my absolute favourite of his productions to date. Clever, ingenious, & enthralling, this tale of a struggling artist will leave you howling one minute & questioning yourself the next. A must for anyone “in the business” as well as those who wonder what goes on behind the curtain!” – CLÍONA DUKES. Former Director of Programming & Finance @ Smock Alley
Age suitability 16+ | Contains strong language & sexual reference
Running time : 55 mins
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Roger Gregg
SET DESIGN BY: Roger Gregg & James M. O’Connor
COSTUME DESIGN BY: James M. O’Connor
SOUND DESIGN BY: Roger Gregg
James M. O’Connor