THE BALD SOPRANO Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin Until Mar 29 8pm & Mar 29 2pm 01-8962461
Eugene Ionesco, born in Romania in 1909, wrote his first play in Paris in 1950, and it has been showing there almost non-stop ever since. The Bald Soprano is considered to be the first example of the genre known as the theatre of the absurd, a label that is not unduly informative; too many plays that are merely absurd have invaded the stage under its banner. Ionesco wrote it while learning English for the first time, and his fascination with language and communication shaped something very different.
In a unique way, it mirrors much of the futility of life, stuffed with non sequiturs and apparently random thoughts. Sligo’s Blue Raincoat Company produced it and toured successfully with it in 2005, bringing their distinctive style, generated through mime, movement and a flair for the surreal, to interpret its intricacies. They are now reviving it as part of a double bill (with The Chairs) which they will tour to Romania and Bulgaria in April.
Ionesco’s intricacies: Blue Raincoat’s production of The Bald Soprano