Arts Focus: Mark Your Card for Dublin Extravaganza

By Hill, Ian | The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland), August 28, 2000 | Go to article overview

Arts Focus: Mark Your Card for Dublin Extravaganza


Hill, Ian, The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland)


DUBLIN'S Theatre Festival is the highlight of the year for many Ulster drama buffs: mark your card.

Dracula, Philip Glass & the Kronos Quartet: Tod Browning's 1931 silent Dracula, featuring the legendary Bela Lugosi as count-turned-vampire in an early talkie which had no music and few sound effects, spiked up by Glass and the Kronos live. National Concert Hall

Dublin Carol by Conor McPherson directed by Robin Lefevre: Dublin undertaker takes a retrospective look at his own life. Gate

Genesis, from "the museum of sleep" by Romeo Castellucci, Societas Raffaello Sanzio: Castellucci provoked outrage and acclaim in equal measure with Julius Caesar at the 1998 Belfast Festival. Genesis merges the Bible with human history featuring Adam & Eve, Madame Curie, Auschwitz, Abel & Cain. O'Reilly Theatre

God's Gift, Heinrich von Kleist's, Amphitryon by John Banville, Barabbas the company, directed by Veronica Coburn : Roman comedy meets Irish mayhem in the 2000 year-old comedy. Jupiter reignites the flames of passion in a Irish general's wife's bed. O'Reilly Theatre.

Hamlet, William Shakespeare Royal National Theatre, directed by John Caird with fiery Simon Russell Beale in the title role. Gaiety

The Inspector, aka The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol, Footsbarn Travelling Theatre: A brilliant farce of larger-than-life characters in small town corruption and snobbery. Iveagh Gardens, tent.

Aberrations du Documentaliste, The Librarian's Fantasy, Theatre Granit, Scene Nationale de Belfort, with Jacques Fornier: Forgotten librarian conjures The Creation in miniature. 45 minutes, for 38 spectators at a time. In French. Bank of Ireland Arts Centre.

Light, Theatre de Complicite, by Torgny Lindgren, directed by Simon McBurney: a small village, where only six survived a plague till a stranger puts this tiny society on trial. Gaiety

The Lost Days of Ollie Deasy by Macnas and Mikel Murfi, directed by Murfi: Homer's Odyssey hilariously Oirished. …

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