Patently ab­surd

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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

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