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.