Dublin Fringe Festival reviews 2015 with cheap Dublin deals
Designed as a spinoff of the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Dublin Fringe has been running for the last 20 years. Much like the original Edinburgh Festival, the show brings together inventive and unforgettable shows covering an almost unlimited range of genres and mediums: cabaret, circus, plays, comedy, and even wrestling came to the forefront in 2015. Last year was a pretty great festival, so I’ve done a few reviews of the best things I saw to give you some ideas about what to expect if you take the time to head on over to the Dublin Fringe any time in the future.
The Fringe Festival runs every September for about 2 weeks, with hundreds of performances taking place around the city. It’s not as big in scale as the Edinburgh Festival, but there’s still a whole lot going on throughout the event. I stayed a short distance from the city centre at the Dublin Travelodge Rathmines Hotel, but wherever you stay you’ll be able to get around without much trouble – Dublin’s one of the most accessible cities in the world.
There were a full 78 different shows running through the Fringe, so I didn’t have anywhere near enough time to see them all – that’s the point though, everything around gets popular through word of mouth over the couple of weeks that the festival runs, so you can pick and choose what to see during your stay. You can find a full list of the 2015 shows (and sign up for information about next year) over on the Dublin Fringe Festival website, maybe getting a bit more of a comprehensive look than I can offer.
The star event last year was ‘Beckett in the City’, a series of 5 plays from Samuel Beckett looking at representations of women in his work. The Irish playwright’s definitely best known for his famous ‘Waiting for Godot’ but he’s actually got a truly vast bibliography ranging from the world’s shortest play (‘Breath’) to longer form drama and such. The show ran for a full week, and ended up being a real highlight. The performance company puts on something at the Fringe pretty much every year, so I’m excited to see what’s going on next year.
A surprising success was the Irish premiere of ‘Grounded’, a piece looking at a fighter pilot who gets pregnant and ends up having to give up her flying for piloting drones across the Middle East. A dramatic monologue looking at mounting pressure, the horrors of war and personal trouble as life and violence intertwine, ‘Grounded’ was probably one of the most emotionally charged pieces on at the festival.
Winning the festival’s award for Best production, the Irish Youth Opera’s production of ‘Agrippina’ ended up being a pretty huge musical event. Handel’s piece looks at the infamous Roman Emperor Nero’s mother planning to depose the tyrant. Not too much of a fan of opera, I didn’t actually see this, but I’m told it was a worthy winner.