Dublin Theatre Festival 2012 | Your City, Your Stories
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Dublin Theatre Festival 2012 – Your City, Your Stories
Today marks yet another exciting occasion for the world of Irish theatre: Artistic Director Willie White announces his first programme for the 2012 Dublin Theatre Festival, a festival to which we at entertainment.ie are delighted to have been named official online media partner.
This time round, the festival runs for 18 days from September 27th to October 14th. What makes it even more special is that this year DTF celebrates its 55th birthday, having matured with grace to become one of the best theatre festivals the world has to offer.
The theme for this years' festival – showcasing the best work from both the stalwart companies of Irish theatre and the younger ones too - is 'Your City, Your Stories' with, as you can probably guess, a strong focus on Ireland’s capital city. As per the festival organisers, this theme has been informed by a desire to explore the mood of Dublin which has remained in a state of constant flux over the last number of years.
Commenting on the release of this much anticipated festival programme featuring 32 theatre productions across 17 venues in 18 days, Willie White has said: "This year we are putting Dublin at the very heart of the Festival. Our city is constantly changing and new stories are being written every day in our lives and the lives of those around us. Over the 18 days of the Festival we are inviting people living in, working in or visiting Dublin to experience some of those stories, to take a look at familiar tales reimagined and to discover new ones yet to be heard. It is fitting to be launching this programme in Dublin's iconic City Hall and to open the 2012 Festival with a new adaptation of James Joyce's Dubliners in the Gaiety Theatre. The city and the Festival are on a journey. This is the first year of my own journey with Dublin Theatre Festival and I am thrilled to present such a range of exciting work from established and emerging voices in Irish theatre alongside some of the best of international theatre".
So what can we expect from this year's offering? As always you can look forward to an eclectic mix of work from some of Ireland's finest theatre makers among which The Corn Exchange, Hatch Theatre Company, Landmark Productions, Pan Pan, The Gate Theatre, the Abbey Theatre and Tall Tales Theatre Company are included. Also featuring during this year's run are the only Dublin dates for the enormously successful DruidMurphy and the debut production from new Irish Opera company - Wide Open Opera.
Beyond Ireland we have work from US company The Woodster Group, Elevator Repair Service, the UK's Forced Entertainment and Inua Ellams among others to look forward to. What's more, over the course of 18 days, this festival will feature 12 world premieres, making Dublin the place to be for world renowned theatre.
Lifting the spirits of us Dublin folk even more so, a giant neon smiley face will adorn the skyline during the festival - a touch which the organisers believe will reflect the unique humour of the city's inhabitants, giving us yet another reason to smile.
But there's more to this festival than theatre. There are talks, debates, family friendly outings and an exciting programme of "special events" - the details of which you will find in our programme of listings later today.
For information on all of the Dublin Theatre Festival productions you can check out www.dublintheatrefestival.com.
And don't forget, as online media partner you can get your hands on some exclusive tickets right here on entertainment.ie, as well as discounts to some of our favourite festival picks. Also you can check back soon for our dedicated DTF homepage where you will find 100% of the shows will be reviewed and, over the coming months, you'll also find a selection of interviews and editor's picks to help you choose what to see during this exciting time.
Public Booking opens: 15 August 10am.
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Wednesday 25th July 2012 | Theatre
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