Top Ten Theatre Productions of 2012: #10 and #9
2012 was a fantastic year for Irish theatre. With hugely successful festivals including ABSOLUT Fringe, Dublin Theatre Festival and Dublin Dance Festival, innovative new works ranging from musicals to performance art, and traditional and contemporary theatre hitting many a home run, there was almost too much to choose from. But the cream always rises to the top, and as such, here are my Top Theatre Productions of 2012.
Cameron Mackintosh’s musical spectacular has taken over the Bord Gais Energy Theatre for the festive season, and to say it is a spectacle is to make a massive understatement. With a massive troupe of extraordinarily talented kids, a hilarious and fantastic turn from Men Behaving Badly’s Neil Morrissey and the absolutely sensational Samantha Barks, it’s win-win-win. And with some of the most spectacular production design yet to grace the stage of the BGE Theatre, you’ll be left wondering how they pack it all in. A slice of the West End right on our doorstep at last.
Performed under the Family Season section of this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival, White was an extraordinary step into a world that was just as enjoyable for adults as it was for kids. Watching two innocent characters bumble around their all white world was endearing without being overly saccharine or juvenile, and contained some of the most imaginative and clever miniature sets I’ve ever come across. The sense of wonder evoked reduced you to being 5 years old again, and for that brief 40 minutes, I was the happiest 5 year old in the world.
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Friday 28th December 2012 | Theatre
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