Dublin Theatre Festival programme announced

The festival will take place from 24 September to 11 October. It looks like there are traces of Shakespeare to be found in By Heart.

See more on the festival website and below.

By Heart (Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Portugal): Sept 24 – Sept 25, Smock Alley Theatre

Tiago Rodrigues brings ‘By Heart’ to the Smock Alley Theatre 24 – 26 September 2015

‘Once 10 people know a poem by heart, there’s nothing the KGB, the CIA or the Gestapo can do about it. It will survive.’ – George Steiner

In By Heart, Portuguese playwright and actor Tiago Rodrigues teaches a poem to 10 volunteers. These people have not seen the performance before and they have no idea which text they will learn, by heart, in front of the audience.

As he leads them through the poem, Rodrigues recalls stories of his grandmother, who is losing her sight and with it the ability to read, along with stories of writers and characters from books that are connected to them both. Unlikely associations emerge – between Nobel Prize winner Boris Pasternak, a cook from the north of Portugal and a Dutch television show – and the mystery behind the chosen poem begins to unravel.

By Heart is about the importance of communication, of how words and ideas are stowed away and smuggled through our memories, our minds and our hearts. It’s about theatre as a safe house for forbidden texts – a guarantee of civilisation and resistance even in the most barbaric and desolate times.

Symposium and Public Lecture: “Early Modern Military Identity” at University College Cork, 28th August 2015

“Early Modern Military Identity” Symposium and Public Lecture – University College Cork, 28th August 2015.

Symposium: This one-day symposium will provide an interdisciplinary platform focusing on the construction of early modern military identity: how were such identities formed, written about in both print and manuscript, manipulated and subsequently interpreted during the early modern period (c.1550-1700)? Speakers will engage with this theme from a variety of Irish, Anglo-Irish, English and wider international perspectives. Research areas under consideration in relation to the construction of military identity include, but are not limited to: creative expression (Prose and Poetry); historical documentation (Journals, Diaries, Correspondence, State Records and Wills); new, evolving or translated media (Newspapers, Instruction Manuals, Pamphlets and related ephemera).

A key objective of the symposium is to interrogate the formation, or perhaps fabrication, of soldierly personas by early modern authors, particularly through the relation of real or assumed military experience, and to examine what effect these types of writing had on wider contemporary literary production and our subsequent understanding of the period.

The symposium consists of two panels, beginning after lunch to facilitate travel arrangements (2pm-6pm). Confirmed participants include: Dr. David Edwards (UCC), Dr. Matthew Woodcock (UEA) and Prof. Andrew Hadfield (Sussex). For interested parties, the full programme, together with accommodation and travel recommendations will be available shortly. Please register your interest with Dr. Cian O’ Mahony (cian.omahony@ucc.ie), or email with any queries. Venue: O’Rahilly Building, UCC. This event is generously supported by UCC’s School of English and the School of History.

Public lecture: In conjunction with the Cork City Heritage Fund, the symposium will be followed that evening by a public lecture, given by Prof. Andrew Hadfield in the grounds of the recently refurbished Elizabeth Fort, near UCC and Cork city centre, which will focus on Edmund Spenser’s Cork (Elizabeth Fort, Barrack Street, 7.30pm on Friday 28th August). All welcome.

Screening: RSC Merchant of Venice

The RSC Merchant of Venice
 Don’t miss the live cinema broadcast of The Merchant of Venice on Wednesday 22 July

This sell-out production of The Merchant of Venice will be broadcast live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on Wednesday 22 July to cinemas audiences across the UK and Europe and you can whet your appetite with the newly released trailer that includes footage from the show.

‘Absolutely adored #RSCMerchant @thersc. Dark, funny and scarily relevant. Steal/beg/whatever – just get a ticket.Audience Member via Twitter

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“Creation and Reception: Corcadorca’s Live Archive” – The Merchant of Venice (2005) – exhibition and roundtable

The collaborative project “Creation and Reception: Corcadorca’s Live Archive” funded by UCC’s DUETS / College of Arts and Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Creative Practice Support Fund and led by Dr. Anne Etienne (School of English, UCC) and Corcadorca Theatre Company, has generated a series of events based around Corcadorca’s production of The Merchant of Venice. The emblematic run was part of the ambitious Relocation project, spearheaded by Corcadorca, which formed part of the programme of the Cork European Capital of Culture in 2005.

Dr. Anne Etienne and Corcadorca welcome feedback from the audiences of The Merchant of Venice in 2005 to construct a live archive of the theatre company. If you attended the performances, please contact them at merchantofvenice2005@gmail.com and come to the two events:

Revisiting The Merchant of Venice 2005, a site-specific exhibition, opens on Wednesday July 15th at the Old Distillery (North Mall, Cork city). The exhibition runs for two weeks and features the work of photographer Mike MacSweeney during the run of The Merchant of Venice, and a video installation curated by Pat Kiernan and Nicholas O’Riordan. Entry is free. Opening hours: 11am-4pm. All welcome.

Remembering The Merchant of Venice 2005, a roundtable discussion with the creative team, takes place on Saturday July 18th, 10.45am-4pm, in University College Cork, O’Rahilly Building, room G27. The event, which aims to reunite members of the creative team, cast, collaborators and audience from The Merchant of Venice, will be recorded and form the start of a new live archive about Corcadorca’s work. Guest panellists include Pat Kiernan (Director), Roma Patel (Set Designer), Mel Mercier (Composer), Eileen Walsh (Portia), Ryszard Radwanski (Tubal), Kieran Ahern (Antonio), Mary McCarthy (Director, The National Sculpture Factory) and Liz Meaney (Arts Director Performing and Local Arts, The Arts Council). We particularly want to hear what our audience has to say, so if you saw this spectacular production in 2005 and would be interested in attending the roundtable, please get in touch. Entry is free, but booking is essential. Please contact Anne and Fin at merchantofvenice2005@gmail.com to reserve your place.

For further info see: https://merchantofvenicecork2005.wordpress.com

Theatre: Taming of the Shrew, Iveagh Gardens


(Not a Traditional) Taming of the Shrew

Fortune’s Fool Productions is at it again with a raucous performance of Shakespeare’s most misogynist comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, but go ahead and be Fooled (Fortune’s Fooled that is) as nothing is at it seems in our (Not a Traditional) Taming of the Shrew.

Katherina’s younger sister, Bianca, is the most sought after bride in Padua but her father has vowed that Bianca cannot marry until her older sister, Katherina, the shrew, becomes a wife. The hunt is on to find a tamer and set Bianca free to be woo’d (or bought) by the most worthy suitor.

Expect the unexpected in this hysterical (and sometimes troubling) comedy. Save the dates in your calendar and pray for good weather:

6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14 AUGUST  7PM Curtain – Show finishes by 9PM

8, 9, 15 & 16 AUGUST 3PM Curtain – Show finishes by 5PM

Admission is FREE! Access to the performances is from the Clonmel Street entrance. Bring a blanket or tarp to sit on, a picnic supper (just remember alcohol is not permitted in the park) and enjoy the show!

More here: fortunesfoolproductions.ie/the-taming-of-the-shrew

Facebook group: www.facebook.com/events/1438649943109805