Exciting upcoming event: I Do

There is an exciting piece of site-specific theatre on at the Savoy Hotel the weekend after next, July 12 and 13, in the form of I Do.

The blurb is as follows: “Be a fly on the wall in this acclaimed site-specific jigsaw puzzle in six hotel rooms. I Do is a funny, vivid and moving exploration of life, seen through the lens of a family wedding just before a couple tie the knot.”

“Divided into groups, audiences will move through six hotel rooms and experience the same 10 minutes in a different order. Following sell out shows in London, Dante or Die’s critically acclaimed I Do runs over two nights, two shows each evening at The Savoy Hotel.”

I DoBringing the unique show to the city was the result of a collaboration between The Lime Tree Theatre, Theatre at the Savoy and The Savoy Hotel. I Do was described as “clever, funny, touching” and “meticulously crafted” by the London Evening Standard.

Please note that the performance contains nudity so audience members must be 16 or over. The shows take place 5pm and 8.30pm both evenings. Tickets €20/€16 and can be purchased here.

I love the novelty of both site specific and promenade theatre (where audience members walk or move about following the action) so I highly recommend this. I saw a superb example of site-specific theatre in a hotel in 2010 at the Belltable Unfringed Festival with Memory Deleted by Anú Productions, directed by Louise Lowe.

The main part of the production took place in one room in the Boutique Hotel in Denmark Street. Various actors came in and out of the room for scenes as several different events unfolded—showing previous occupants of this room. Several other rooms on the floor either had actors performing in them (just brief vignettes) or acted as mini-sets. The audience could wander about, peeking into rooms before the main event.

The whole experience was very voyeuristic. You never think (or perhaps try not to think) about the thousands of people who have stayed in a hotel room before you with all their stories, hopes, intentions etc. It’s immersive theatre and a bit mind bending…in a good way!

The Dante or Die production was created by co-artistic directors, Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan and written by Chloe Moss. The London-based company is known for using unusual spaces to create “ambitious and infectious” pieces but has also played to venues like the National Theatre in London, Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House and Theatre Royal Haymarket. Terry O’Donovan, who trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, is originally from Limerick so welcome back to him for City of Culture 2014.

If you want a bit more detail, see the official trailer for I Do below…

Limerick Arts Encounter/Dance Limerick events to note

Limerick Arts Encounter has been running, and will continue to run, various arts events around the city.

I saw the exceptional What Happened Bridgie Cleary by Bottom Dog TC in mid October and reviewed it for Irish Theatre Magazine. Read it here.

The episodic theatre piece, The Boneyard Man, has been running weekly for a month at Dr John’s to great success. The last instalment this Thursday is sold out but don’t fret, there are other delights to sample this week.

Sorcha Furlong & Gemma Doorly- Performing in W.A.G at Theatre at the SavoyTheatre at the Savoy is upon us. W.A.G by Gemma Doorly is in the lunchtime and teatime slots on Thursday and lunchtime on Friday.

W.A.G is a hilarious black comedy about the forced showdown between an Irish Soccer star’s wife and his mistress. Set in the lavish surroundings of the soccer star’s mansion while he is away, his wife has invited a guest around for a drink and a chat – his mistress. Armed with intimate photos of the mistress and a threat to leak the story to the newspapers – W.A.G is ready to fight for her marriage to the death!”

Evening Theatre at the Savoy then follows on this Friday and Saturday at 7pm. Galway’s Fregoli Theatre Company will present Dorset Street Toys.

Dorset Street Toys-Fregoli Theatre Company - Theatre at the Savoy“A child prophet is taken from a basket sent drifting down the Liffey. A young girl clutching a dolly is taken from her home. A man in a superhero cloak hides from the streets he once thought to save. A woman steps out into onto the street to sell the only thing she thinks she can. Fregoli are delighted to present the debut of Dorset Street Toys, a provocative, harsh but ultimately moving exploration of love, lost childhood and the Dublin streets”.

Bookings by phone at 085-8554341 or at www.limericktheatre.com.


There are Indie and foreign film screenings going on at the former Belltable Arts Centre at 69 O’Connell Street. A particularly exciting upcoming one (Nov 27) is Before Midnight, the third in Richard Linklater’s masterful Before and After films with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. There’s also an ongoing visual art exhibition there too. Check out the Lime Tree’s programme for even more theatre etc too.

The Dance Limerick programme is in full swing too, with classes and performances galore. It is taking part in Limerick Arts Encounter with The Limerick Experiment in its base, the Dance Limerick Church. This will involve performance and a conference (Nov 29-Dec 1).Fifteen Limerick artists, from different disciplines, have come together with a view to creating a collaborative, developmental work and that’s central to the event

Missing_webAlso, there is a really exciting event on in the same venue on November 7 in the form of Missing by Coiscéim Dance Theatre. I saw the Coiscéim show, Swimming With My Mother, a few years back in the Belltable Unfringed Festival and was absolutely blown away. It’s the only contemporary dance show ever where I enjoyed every single minute. The theatrical elements were fabulous. Rightly or wrongly, I have high hopes for this one! It’s great to see a company of Coiscéim’s calibre return to Limerick.

The premise of Missing is: “It is hard to imagine what it might feel like if a loved one went missing. This poignant new duet broaches the experiences of the families and communities left behind. Missing is a reminder of the fragility and beauty of moments shared. It is a dance poem to those absent and to those left in the abyss of the unknown.”
It is choreographed by David Bolger and will be performed by Emma O’Kane and Tom Pritchard. See the website for more info.

Theatre this week: Three Sisters/Broken Promise Land

There are two plays on this week that people may be interested in.

70tLimerick Youth Theatre is producing Three Sisters by Anton Checkov in the Daghdha Space in St John’s Square. It is running for another two nights—tomorrow, August 29 and Friday August 30.

The play is directed by John Anthony Murphy and the young cast have worked with a professional crew and designers for five weeks to produce a reworking of the challenging play.

“Set in Russia, Three Sisters centres around the Prozorov family, and in particular the three sisters, Olga, Masha and Irina and their yearning to return to Moscow where they believe their hopes and dreams will be fulfilled. The play depicts their loss as their return to Moscow never materialises and as such their dreams slowly ebb away.”

It starts at 7.30pm; tickets are €10 and can be booked on 061-311100. www.lyt.ie

970627_398822573562736_2087064153_nTheatre at the Savoy will return for its monthly instalment tomorrow at lunchtime with Broken Promise Land, written and performed by Mirjana Rendulic. It is produced by Stone’s Throw Theatre and directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks.

While tomorrow is sold out, there are still tickets for the teatime show tomorrow at 6.05pm and the Friday lunchtime show at 1.05pm.

“Sick of life in her war-torn country, guided by MTV hits and Hollywood sitcoms, Stefica takes on a new name and embarks on a quest for an American education, and ends up in a Dublin lap dancing club. With frankness and humour, she teaches us the tricks of the trade—and shares secrets she can’t tell anyone else. Based on performer Mirjana Rendulic’s own experiences…this piece dispels easy preconceptions about exotic dancers.”

The show had a critically acclaimed run in Lanigan’s Theatre Upstairs, garnering four stars from the Irish Times and described as “captivating” by The Sunday Times.

Bookings by phone: 085-8554341 or at www.limericktheatre.com

Theatre at the Savoy/Seoda Shows

Although there has been some bad news in terms of the arts scene here in Limerick, there is still a lot of good news. Venues like Dolan’s, The Lime Tree, the University Concert Hall, The Loft, Cobbelstone Joes, The Blind Pig/Dr John’s, The Library (both the municipal and the bar), the Limerick City Art Gallery, Ormston House, Raggle Taggle and the Hunt Museum to name just keep on truckin’ and hosting events.  Here are two more great examples…

Theatre at the Savoy

Fred+and+AliceAfter starting last year, the monthly event, Theatre at the Savoy, is still getting stronger. On the last week of the month, there are two lunchtime performances on Thursday and Friday as well as a teatime performance on the Thursday evening. Performances consistently sell out (and at €10 for a play and lunch, it’s not hard to see why).

I went to see Let Me Be by Fregoli Theatre Company, in the lunchtime slot last month. The young ensemble from the Galway-based company did an excellent job on the original drama by Maria Tivnan (who also starred in the play with Kate Murray). The emotional drama, focusing on two young sisters, was deeply affecting and seemed to really resonate with the audience.

The good people at Limerick Local Heroes and the Savoy Hotel deserve some praise for organising such a popular monthly event. Next month, the play is Fred and Alice, written and directed by John Sheehy. The play by Limerick’s CallBack Theatre Company is billed as “a quirky love story played at a blistering pace” and stars Cora Fenton and Ciaran Bermingham. More information here.

Seoda Shows

387435_117583415092375_713653962_nAfter the great success of Thursday Nights @ Bourke’s, Seoda Shows is picking up where those events left off—showcasing the best in new and established Irish/international musical talent. Having enjoyed many a good band in Bourke’s myself, I reckon if these gigs continue in the same vein, they’ll do well.

“Seoda is the Irish for treasures. Seoda Shows hosts various concerts, shows, shindigs and shenanigans for the party faithful.” The venue is the same and while the events are no longer free, the tickets are very reasonably priced, with an even cheaper advance price i.e. €1/2 off a regular price of €6-8 = bargain.

On April 9, Fang Island is playing with special guests, No Spill Blood. Fang Island is a rock outfit from the USA and No Spill Blood is “a fun new musical group featuring members of Elk, Adebisi Shank, Hands up who wants to die, Magic Pockets”. On April 11, electronic pop twosome, Young Wonder, are launching an EP with support from supercool fiddle player, Dáithí Ó Drónaí. On April 18, the musical stylings of John Smith will be on display with special guest—local gal, Emma Langford.

This new venture is a brave move—one of those Jim Morrison and a bare-assed Indian in the desert but as they say “If you build it, they will come”. More information here.