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Scene + Heard 2017 Festival Programme


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SCENE + HEARD: WEEK 2

 



BLOCK 18: SMASHING BARRIERS

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER BARRIER TO SMASH

Victim, charity case, or active citizen? Can we change how we see disability?
Devised by disabled people who experience disability as a daily reality. Smashing Barriers is a work in progress for a society in progress.

TUE 21 – THUR 23 FEB @ 6.30PM

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BLOCK 18: Running + Walking

Relaying perspective inspired by the trees.

A presentation inspired by a year’s running and walking in the Phoenix Park. Martin kept a casual record via his mobile phone camera. The amateur footage is set against memory and perception in the hope of learning something new.

TUE 21 – THUR 23 FEB @ 6.30PM

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BLOCK 19: Arachnophilia

arachnophilia; noun, an irrational love of spiders

The Chilean Rose tarantula is capable of living in captivity for over 20 years. While its owner goes through human life’s familiar ups and downs, we get to hear the spider’s point of view.

 

TUE 21 – THUR 23 FEB @7.45PM

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BLOCK 19: The Amateurs

Amateur Detective.Amateur Landlord. Amateur Crime.

Convinced he’s hot on the trail of the case of a lifetime, a would be detective books a weekend stay in a three star airbnb.
Stephen Colfer (Mimes in Time) and Peter McGann (The Hellfire Squad) present this Twisted Criminal Comedy.

TUE 21 – THUR 23 FEB @7.45PM

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BLOCK 20: International Relations

Wine flows, strangers meet. Paris burns.

The trauma of the Paris Attacks struck a chord across the world in a way that tragedy seldom does today. In the microcosm of a cramped student apartment we investigate how and why misunderstanding leads to tragedy, and how fragile the links that truly bind us are.

TUE 21 – THUR 23 FEB @ 8PM

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BLOCK 20: Roots

Like Brussels, Sinéad’s head is exploding.

Roots is a one woman show about Sinéad, a 33 year old Dubliner who’s having an identity crisis while living and working in Brussels during the Isis bombings. What makes us who we are anyway? “It’s feckin Isis again! Didn’t I tell you they’d hit the EU.”

TUE 21 – THUR 23 FEB @ 8PM

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BLOCK 21: Hurricane, Devour Me

A DJ converses with his penis.

Do you like talking penises? Well this play features one. Within a fantasy realm, a right wing beauty pageant starlet hosts a radio show on the “merits” of discrimination. Is the host a bigoted villain or a victim of liberal elitism? You decide.

Written by: Dylan Delaney

TUE 21 – THUR 23 FEB @ 9.15PM

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BLOCK 21: Pink Planet

Look at yourself. We’re going to…

In 2006 there was ‘Planet Earth’. 2016 saw ‘Planet Earth II’. Now in 2017 Quintessence have jumped on the bandwagon: We give you… Pink Planet! A playful examination of the absurdity of the human condition as told by a David Attenborough wannabe.

TUE 21 – THUR 23 FEB @ 9.15PM

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BLOCK 22: Hound’s Hotel

A Hairy Murderer On The Loose

Frequented by wealthy and sophisticated, yet somewhat extraordinary patrons, Le Château du Chien is the most exclusive and luxurious hotel in all of the the Swiss Alps. The coveted peace within its wondrous walls is however troubled by the arrival of an unexpected and rather hairy guest. Blood ensues…

TUE 21 + WED 22 FEB @ 9.30PM

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BLOCK 22: Madhouse

A Rebellious Word Warrior Fights Fascism

Experience ‘Madhouse’, a play set in a surreal world where freedom reigns through explicit control. Yet Godfrey, armed only with a sharp tongue, refuses to believe that resistance is futile… Will you stand with him against tyranny?

Written by: Pat Upton

TUE 21 + WED 22 FEB @ 9.30PM

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BLOCK 23: AT ODDS

Is love necessary, is it a given?

The maternal bond is the strongest of all, or is it? A mother and son struggle to connect in a world full of labels, where love is almost stretched to extinction.

By: Kepler Theatre Works

THUR 23 + FRI 24 FEB @ 6.15PM

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BLOCK 23: HashtagRelationshipGoalz

Ah, young love. Ah, really though?

A story navigating the struggles of an everyday couple. Be it work troubles, lack of direction, parents being pests, siblings being even bigger pests, assaulting teachers, suppressing kleptomania and the crippling anxiety of deciding which boxset to watch next.

THUR 23 + FRI 24 FEB @ 6.15PM

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BLOCK 24: BOLSTOFF: A Modern Actor’s Introduction to Advanced Contemporary Performance

Welcome to the Theatre. Again.

The long forgotten teachings of Hungarian acting master Nikolai Bolstoff come to life in this stunning interactive theatrical experience. Join national sweethearts, Wicker Socks, in discovering the bizarre, questionable and partially illegal critical theory of BOLSTOFF.

THUR 23 – SAT 25 FEB @ 9.30PM

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BLOCK 24: Society and her Anxiety

Fear and Disorder in Judgement City

Have you ever found yourself trapped in a conversation you don’t want to be in? Have you ever found yourself standing in a queue to nowhere? Have you ever found yourself praying for that promotion? Well, we have. Let us be your guide into society’s anxieties.

 

THUR 23 – SAT 25 FEB @ 9.30PM

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BLOCK 25: Syrius

Seeking refuge in the unknown

“Syrius” is an explosion of movement and sound that follows the journey of Rasha, a young Syrian woman forced to flee her country and make a new home somewhere else, far away from everything she knows.

FRI 24 – SUN 26 FEB @ 6.30pm

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BLOCK 25: Owned

Human Slavery: Past and Present

Owned is an exploration of Human Slavery. Focusing on the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the past, this piece of Documentary theatre also looks at the present where it is estimated that 35.8 million people worldwide live in modern day slavery.

FRI 24 – SUN 26 FEB @ 6.30pm

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BLOCK 26: Arnica Was My Eyecream

Packs a punch you won’t forget

Nancy wasn’t looking for love until she met Marcus. A real life Prince Charming – with a temper. And he likes to take it out on Nancy. Come between them at your peril as she takes you on her journey.

 

FRI 24 – SUN 26 FEB @ 7.45PM

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BLOCK 26: Play on Words

A game of survival.

In a dark, dank, industrial room, Harper and Collins and a bucket sit imprisoned. Armed with a blackboard, chalk and alphabet soup, they must find a way to gain their freedom or face certain death.

FRI 24 – SUN 26 FEB @ 7.45PM

 

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BLOCK 27: May I Use the Bathroom Please?

He came. He crapped. He conquered.

John Hall needs to pee and so heads to the closest pub, O’Leary’s. Just a harmless American… Or is he? Expect lies, laughs and twists in this dark comedy, ideal for fans of the surreal, absurd side of life.

FRI 24 – SUN 26 FEB @ 8PM

 

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BLOCK 27: Mic Drop

Entrepreneur, hero, tech bro, douchebag, psychopath.

Perry Pardo is an entrepreneur – wealthy, successful, envied. Perry came from the streets, like Dre. Join him as he shows you how to succeed. How to get what you want. How to crush your opposition. How to scream for help.

FRI 24 – SUN 26 FEB @ 8PM

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BLOCK 28: A Pervert Am I

A queer celebration of sexual disappointment

Join noted deviant Ayrton O’Brien as his sex life as a queer from age 8 to 28, from triumphs to disappointments, from HIV tests to Hulk admiration is acted on-stage. Sex: the good, the bad and the ugly

FRI 24 + SAT 25 FEB @ 9.15PM
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BLOCK 28: Pacemaker

Got fired, think positive, hit dole.

Pacemaker wakes up jobless, as a result of yesterday’s fray. No bother though, because she has a plan. She’s thinking positive, she’s awake and she’s going to go on the dole for a bit. Today is the day she sorts her life.

FRI 24 + SAT 25 FEB @ 9.15PM

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BLOCK 29: Creative Producer Michael Donovan

An audience with Academy Award winning producer Michael Donovan

Michael Patrick Donovan is a Canadian film producer and screenwriter. He co-founded Salter Street Films which later was bought by Alliance Atlantis in 2001. Michael currently
serves as chairman of DHX Media.
Michael won an Academy Award for Best Documentary for producing the 2002 documentary Bowling for Columbine.
He was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Screenplay for writing the 2007 film Shake Hands with the Devil.

 

25 FEB @ 2PM | €5.

 

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BLOCK 30: Sugar Mice

Life’s Mortal Coil Killed Candied Innocence

Dublin, 1941. Backstreets whisper with an answer to an all familiar problem. Life and Death entwine on the cellar of a sweet shop floor. Two women. Hearts in their hands. A world of sugary deceit and the state’s all seeing eyes.

LipZinc Theatre

SAT 25 + SUN 26 FEB @ 3PM + 6.15PM

 

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BLOCK 30: The Wendy House

Goodbye little lover, you live big.

6-year-old Lily is on the way to her Wendy House. She has a bag filled with her favourite memories, because once she gets there she will never be coming back. A play for anyone who has loved, and had to say goodbye.

 

SAT 25 + SUN 26 FEB @ 3PM + 6.15PM

 

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BLOCK 31: The Weight of a Chip

Fulfillment at odds with family tradition

Set in rural Cork – this fiery tragedy explores the inherent complications between the manipulation of food and individual growth. Nigel dreams of the stars, while his father binds him to the land; Family, freedom and fulfilment are at stake.

SAT 25 FEB @ 4PM



BLOCK 32: Tinderella

Is true lust the answer to all problems?

When out of work actress Ellen gets dumped by her much older boyfriend for a much younger, blonder, skinnier model, she is forced to move in with her fabulous, fitness-fanatic brother Mickey, who decides to fix his sister by finding her a new man. Does every love story have a happy ending? Join us at Smock Alley for the first public reading of scenes from this very funny play.

 

SUN 26 FEB @ 4PM

 

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SCENE + HEARD: WEEK 3

 



BLOCK 33: Just Dawn Nua

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Sounds set free, ó do chroí

Through a haunting hybrid of Irish and English, Ronan Lynagh’s Just Dawn Nua reflects on our myriad identities – As people. As people of Ireland. Multimedia, liquid language, and raw storytelling converge in this spoken word performance.

TUE 28 FEB + WED 1 MAR @ 6.15PM

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BLOCK 33: SPOTS

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Freckles are literally kisses from Angels

Ever heard “Every Freckle is a kiss from an Angel”? With his parents taking the form of terrifying Angels; a desperate, sleep-deprived Sean turns to the one thing Angels fear…..The Devil himself…

TUE 28 FEB + WED 1 MAR @ 6.15PM

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BLOCK 33: The Last Strand

The last strand

Two people come together in a Dublin pub

It’s over-40s night in The Last Strand. Angela’s on the dancefloor thinking about the past. Derek’s in the bathroom wondering what went wrong. But who’s that in the corner?

TUE 28 FEB + WED 1 MAR @ 6.15PM

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BLOCK 34: Anecdotal Evidence

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It’s funny from where you’re standing

Set in a bizarre courtroom of clowns and madness, Anecdotal Evidence explores the media circus that surrounds serious sexual assault and murder cases. This very entertaining multi-layered piece should have the audience laughing and questioning at the same time.

TUE 28 FEB + WED 1 MAR @ 6.30PM

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BLOCK 34: By the Skin of Our Teeth

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What happens after it’s all over?

Imprisoned for heinous (and hilarious) crimes against humanity, a group of inmates from a maximum security prison must now decide how to move forward following catastrophe. A timely black comedy about life after a disaster.

TUE 28 FEB + WED 1 MAR @ 6.30PM

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BLOCK 35: Homebirds

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Professionals, or just kids without a curfew?

Homebirds is a new comedy drama following the life of two twenty-something year old professionals who still come home to their Mam’s lasange after a hard day’s work, or a long night’s drinking.
Disclaimer: This production is definitely NOT based on the lives of Kate Gilmore & Fionnuala Gygax…

TUE 28 FEB – THUR 2 MAR @ 7.45PM

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BLOCK 35: The Salon

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I thought you said blade one?!!!

The salon door creaks open. Scissors clatter to the floor as a sink overflows. Eyes narrow on this unwelcome vision. We have…a customer.

TUE 28 FEB – THUR 2 MAR @ 7.45PM

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BLOCK 36: Fuck Flattering

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A no-bullshit crash course on body love

Fuck Flattering is a performance piece about unlearning body hate. It’s about stepping off the hamster wheel of physical perfection. It’s about exploding conventional standards of hot and desirable, and finding beauty and power and strength in the wreckage. Fuck Flattering will show you how you too can learn to love your body. Like, really love it, deep in your flawed bones and your imperfect gut. But fair warning: it’s not going to be easy.

TUE 28 FEB + WED 1 MAR @ 8PM

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BLOCK 36: Handling it

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Playing the victim, but like, craic

President Trump is a confirmed sex offender. College athletes skirt rape charges. Rape jokes are gas. These fleshless realities are challenged as we journey with a woman post-sexual assault as she grapples with this shiny new title of ‘Victim’.

TUE 28 FEB + WED 1 MAR @ 8PM

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BLOCK 37: Shelf

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Sometimes the greatest stories to unfold are the ones happening to you

In a vast book depository works a lonely librarian whose written world is slowly disappearing.

As the digital world builds up outside, threatening to close the library for good, can she find her own story in amongst the shelves?

TUE 28 FEB + WED 1 MAR @ 9.15PM

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BLOCK 37: Unchained Melody

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Do you have a breaking point?

We all have three types of lives; our public life, our private life and our secret life. Do you know what type of secret life the person sitting beside you has? Think about who or what is involved in their secret life and how far they might go to keep it a secret…

TUE 28 FEB + WED 1 MAR @ 9.15PM

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BLOCK 38: SpectrumSession

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Fags, Skags and Sleeping Bags

Straight from your favourite music festival beside a miscellaneous body of water. No cans to spare, scarce tobacco and the music won’t start again for several hours. Could the deranged ramblings of the irredeemably degenerate provide a path to salvation? Sure, all you know is you’re not missing the headline act for the world.

TUE 28 FEB – THUR 2 MAR @ 9.30PM

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BLOCK 38: The Shadow of Carmilla

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Uncanny horror haunts a Connaught household

A young woman lies dying. Her father cannot protect her and the servants are disinclined to help. In this re-imagining of Sheridan Le Fanu’s gothic story Carmilla, suspicion festers through the clashing languages and cultures of post-famine Connemara.

TUE 28 FEB – THUR 2 MAR @ 9.30PM

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BLOCK 39: Sesh Moth

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The session’s over

As Charleigh Brennan makes her way through the social jungle she can’t help but think that this is what she lives for. Join Charleigh as she takes you through a night in the life of Dublin’s most elusive creature…The Session Moth.

THUR 2 – SAT 4 MAR @ 6.15PM

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BLOCK 39: Peep

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The thrills of watching people unawares

A message from Chris: Hello there, you look great today. I can see you there reading this blurb. Freaked out? Why? I’m not hurting anyone! End of message.

THUR 2 – SAT 4 MAR @ 6.15PM

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BLOCK 40: Wasting Paper

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Casey meets Tess. Everything changes.

Casey is an eighteen year old poet who went viral on the internet and now she has to head back to school to do her Leaving Cert. She thought her summer was crazy, she has no idea what (or who) sixth year is about to bring…

THUR 2 MAR @ 6.30PM + 8PM

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BLOCK 40: …the Words Are There

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Death Speaks Volumes

Sometimes life can leave you speechless, but death speaks volumes. In a race against time, a man struggles to find the right words for a very important day.

THUR 2 MAR @ 6.30PM + 8PM

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BLOCK 41: Both Sides Now

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One woman, in two minds.

Part soliloquy, part arts and crafts project; the show features Lydia, a young artist attempting to bring her confusing life into order armed with some paper, an old guitar and the music of Joni Mitchell. Both Sides Now is a one woman show with live musical performance.

THUR 2 + FRI 3 MAR @ 9.15pm

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BLOCK 41: Broken Strings

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Tied down and tangled up

“Everlasting love”- but what about all the loves that weren’t supposed to last but did? What happens when two people who said ‘I do’ don’t anymore? Tangled in routine, they can’t imagine being cut loose to be free to follow their hearts and not their strings.

THUR 2 + FRI 3 MAR @ 9.15pm

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BLOCK 42: The Wallpaper

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Behind golden walls, she calls.

Combining dance and theatre, The Wallpaper deals with the perception of “madness” and plays with the fine line between reality and hallucination. The Wallpaper explores the feeling of seclusion through myths and stories, such as Charlotte Perkins’ The Yellow Wallpaper, the Greek Myth of Ariadne and the Blue Beard legend.

 

FRI 3  MAR @ 6:30PM + SAT 4 MAR  @ 4PM + 6.30PM

 

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BLOCK 42: The Woods and Grandma

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Families are weird, even rich ones.

Lady Augusta Gregory: author, nationalist, theatre impresario, grandma. A warm and witty pop-operetta about the unusual life and times of one of the nation’s most singular citizens, as seen through the eyes of her beloved granddaughters.

FRI 3 @ 6.30PM + SAT 4 MAR @4PM + 6.30PM

 

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BLOCK 43: My Summer With Ciara

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It wasn’t a big deal like

“An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body but an evil friend will wound your mind.” – Unknown

FRI 3 @ 7.45pm | SAT 4 MAR @ 3pm + 7.45pm

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BLOCK 43: Spiced Beef

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Cold meat and fast feet!

Molly is a 19 year old girl who has felt stuck in her local town, Ballyrooney, all her life. This is mainly due to the part-time job she has worked for too many years now, in the local deli. One day she sees an opportunity to get out. She tries to persuade her deli companion, Mickey, to join her. Will everything change if they go?

FRI 3 @ 7.45pm | SAT 4 MAR @ 3pm + 7.45pm

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BLOCK 44: Pine ¶he Pilcrow: Something in the way she moves

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Cello, Piano, Violin & Vocals with Dance

Pine ¶he Pilcrow are a three piece band of Cello, Piano, Violin and Vocals. Described as atmospheric, lullaby-esque Folk music, they will send tingles down your spine. Last year they played along to projected images, this year they will accompany a dancer to generate a very intimate, creative and thought provoking experience.

FRI 3 + SAT 4 MAR @ 8PM

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BLOCK 44: Tide Riders

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Sometimes stories make the best music

Tide Riders tells of a sleepy town on the brink of nothingness. The story of loss, love and the Sea Beast that haunts the safe harbour is weaved with a combination of theatre, storytelling and live music. Stenk McStrancher is an old sea dog with tales to tell. When the fishing is slack and he’s off the sauce, he returns home one night to find a lodger taking up his precious space. Not much happens in Castlecove, Donegal in the 80’s, until Jamie wakens up the quiet Kara with the music that comes from within him. As they listen to her father’s stories, Stenk warms to the young buck and Jamie hears the music in his words. But Kara has a story of her own to tell…

FRI 3 + SAT 4 MAR @ 8PM

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BLOCK 45: The Rapture of Hugo Ball

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Live radio for your viewing pleasure!

Prepare to have your imagination stretched to breaking point as an artist attempts a mysterious ritual…
Renegade artists, astral projection and old-fashioned detective serials collide in a new show from Ireland’s leading radio fabulist and his posse of multi-talented performers.

FRI 3 + SAT 4 MAR @ 9.30PM

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Click here to view or download the Festival Programme in a handy interactive PDF…