The Water Orchard
Project Arts Centre. July 18-29 7.30pm ¤20/¤16 projectartscentre.ie To look at the poster for the new show from Collapsing Horse, where the title erupts in psychedelic curls from the prim figure of a woman from a more distant history, you might get the sense that a Chekhov play had been staged by a company on LSD. (That actually sounds like something The Wooster Group would do.) The truth isn’t too far off, though: The Water Orchard of its title hasn’t been productive in years, leaving an estate barren, open to more energetic takeover by marauding fools and hammy actors, while its owner, Old Madeleine, has been spirited away to be interrogated about her life by a sentient projector. Writer and co-director (with Dan Colley) Eoghan Quinn’s new comedy takes a surreal look at the winds of change. Ideas like that, much like water, don’t grow on trees.