CALL OF THE WILDE

The Irish Times Magazine - - FRONTLINES -

They stand on street corners, in leafy parks and in gal­leries, but what would Dublin’s stat­ues say if they could talk? Now we can find out thanks to a new ini­tia­tive, sup­ported by Fáilte Ire­land, that is giv­ing well- known voices to 10 of the city’s even more well- known stat­ues. Passers- by just need to swipe their smart­phone on a plaque lo­cated close to one of the Talk­ing Stat­ues to re­ceive a call from Os­car Wilde ( writ­ten by John Banville and voiced by An­drew Scott, pic­tured), James Joyce ( writ­ten by Roddy Doyle and voiced by Gabriel Byrne) or Fidelity on the O’Connell Mon­u­ment ( writ­ten by Paula Mee­han and voiced by Ruth Negga). The stat­ues and their nar­ra­tives fea­ture a mix of his­tor­i­cal facts and hu­mour. Jackie McKenna’s Meet­ing Place statue on Lower Lif­fey Street – also known as the Hags with the Bags – is voiced by Brenda Fricker, while the leg­end of Cúchu­lainn, who is found at the GPO, gets even more colour­ful through the voice of Peter Coo­nan, who speaks Eoin Colfer’s words.

The Talk­ing Stat­ues ex­pe­ri­ence cre­ated by Sing Lon­don, a non- profit arts or­gan­i­sa­tion, launched this week. So, take a stroll through cap­i­tal and start swip­ing. talk­ingstat­ues­dublin.ie Leonie Cor­co­ran

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