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musical mapping. “The idea of combining Büchner with Schubert in that way, the last works of two young men at the beginning of the 19th century, which was also a time of extreme change and uncertainty and human self-examination, is a little like what Ella was describing about where young people find themselves right now.”
The mention of The Second Violinist and Woyzeck in Winter, together with a nod to the ensemble of Druid’s production of Crestfall , by Mark O’Rowe, draws attention to some grimly familiar narratives made more conspicuous in the year of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment in the film industry and other spheres.
When all these productions involve deranged males murdering female victims, was it the stories that stood out or the way they were told?
“One can move reasonably and rationally from the narrative to the aesthetic of how they’re presented,” says Crowe. “The aesthetic element of this year’s theatre was very interesting.” Indeed, she describes Corcadorca’s Far
Away as “spectacularly beautiful. I had no idea the play could be so affecting and frightening. This was a tour de force of words as well as an extraordinary visual piece.”
It is also nominated in best lighting, for Aedín Cosgrove and Paul Keogan’s work, and best soundscape for Mel Mercier’s compositions. “There were moments when you glance off to the side and you see people in these derelict places trying to live: women and children,” adds Daly, which sounds like a performance that corresponds with the deep anxieties of society.
Corcadorca is also nominated for Enda Walsh’s new play The Same, performed by sisters Catherine and Eileen Walsh (each nominated for best actress), and in the judges’ special award for “bringing theatre to interesting and often inaccessible locations” or, in short, doing what they do. “They created an entire world,” says Crowe. “The hardest thing to do.”
To some degree, though, that is what all of the theatre recognised in the awards has achieved: whether in the radically reconfigured spaces of the Gate’s production of The
Great Gatsby, the playful and rivetingly conceived limbo of Dead Centre and the Abbey’s Hamnet, the multimedia purgatory of Landmark and Wide Open Opera’s The Second
Violinist or the vast shifting canvases of the Lyric and Prime Cut Productions’s Red.
At its best, every act of theatre creates an entire world.
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