Fringe ben­e­fits

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Tiger Dublin Fringe Var­i­ous venues, Un­til Sep 20

Twenty years old this year, Tiger Dublin Fringe (née Dublin Fringe Fes­ti­val) has found a new ma­tu­rity in re­cent years as the launch pad of startling new artists and a barom­e­ter of al­ter­na­tive cul­ture in the city and beyond. This year’s pro­gramme, the first from new di­rec­tor Kris Nel­son, made a strong start with open­ing event HARP (right) mak­ing Dublin its stage, while al­low­ing com­pa­nies to go back to in­spi­ra­tional sources or strike out in new di­rec­tions. You can still catch The Company’s con­sid­ered and chal­leng­ing riff on The Oresteia and other in­escapable fates in The Rest is Ac­tion, and follow Sonya Kelly’s wry and mov­ing take on love and im­mi­gra­tion bu­reau­cracy in How to Keep an Alien.

This week, though, some of the Fringi­est of­fer­ings hit the stage: For stamina, try The Party, a four-hour du­ra­tional event in a ho­tel room based on 1984, topped by Zom­bies, a five-hour per­for­mance through the night, ex­ceeded only by Artist Sci­en­tist Priest, John Rogers’ 24-hour per­for­mance in Cen­tre for Cre­ative Prac­tices. Ad­vo­cacy, We Didn’t Care and Sick each take dif­fer­ent ap­proaches to is­sues of health and dis­abil­ity, while Neil Watkins’ Whichev­er1ufeed, a raw provo­ca­tion with mu­sic, and Amanda Coogan’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Dublin The­atre of the Deaf pro­vide use­ful com­pass points be­tween provo­ca­tion and sus­tain­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

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