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The Spinning Heart

Articulate Anatomy

Everyone loves Bobby Mahon. Everyone that is, except his Da. Revered by his men on the building site, captain of the team that almost won the county final, loved by his wife, Triona, only Bobby himself knows the dark thoughts that prey on his mind, presaging tragic events to come.

23 – 28 Jan 2017 | 7:30pm | Main Space

Foremost among Irish post-crash novels, The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (2011) reveals the devastation wrought on a community in a west Tipperary village by economic ruin and consequent savage austerity. One by one the colourful characters’ varied stories build a panorama of a foundering society, while a narrative thread running through their accounts unveils unexpected dramatic events, stealing out of dark, hidden corners.

After premiering to sold out audiences in Smock Alley last July, Articulate Anatomy return with their stage adaptation of the book.
The production preserves the original structure and narrative style of the book while highlighting, often with a scabrous humour, the toll in human terms of recent times in Ireland.

This show contains strong language and is recommended for audiences of 14+

“Powerful and affecting … superb, unforgettable” – The Times

About the company…

Articulate Anatomy aim to create new works of exciting, expressive, dynamic and visceral theatre through the use of physicality, vocality, sound and vision. The aim is to create new stories and find new ways to tell old ones in a way that both involves and challenges the audience.

Articulate Anatomy has produced four shows, the critically acclaimed PUBU, their own translation and version of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, followed the next year with My Foot My Tutor by Peter Hanke, both for the Dublin Fringe Festival. My Foot My Tutor won Best Male performer award for the two performers Bryan Burroughs and Andy Crook.

Tickets €18 / €15 conc

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On the book by Donal Ryan:

“There’s a powerful sense of place and shared history binding Ryan’s many voices … Ryan’s novel … seems to draw speech out of the deepest silences; the testimony of his characters rings rich and true – funny and poignanat and banal and extraordinary – and we can’t help but listen” – The Guardian

“Humane, funny, moving and relevant, this is extremely impressive stuff” – Daily Mail

“The Spinning Heart … carries with it a rage and viciousness as well as a gallows humour – that perfectly encapsulates Generation Lost” – Sunday Business Post

“Perceptive, intimate and darkly comic” – Observer

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Tickets €18 / €15 conc

Book tickets for The Spinning Heart