FITTINGLY for the city in which it is to be staged and set, Ciara Tobin’s play Siege will kick off Limerick Unfringed 2012 tonight in the Belltable.
The piece, written by Tobin and directed by Marie Boylan, is set in Limerick yet is inspired by the Trojan war and begins 13 packed days of fringe theatre, music, cinema and literature events in the city that are all aimed at you - the audience.
First time curator Duncan Molloy said it was “full steam ahead” for the festival, which will be centred around several city venues.
“Things are going really well and everything is ready to go,” said the Ballina man. “We have so much stuff coming in that it is a strange mix of the hugely excited and absolutely exhausted,” he laughed.
Of Siege, he explained: “Everybody working on it is local, we have had the Limerick Learning Hub come in with sound design, Miriam Mortell on AV design, all of the cast are from Limerick - the writer and director are from Limerick - and I produced it, so it couldn’t be more of a local show, which is a great way to start the festival”.
“On a personal level it is the show that I most excited about. A lot of the stuff programmed I have already seen and are incredible, but it is this one that is going to pack a punch, I am really excited about it and it is something that is our own in a very particular way,” he added.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival winners in 2011 and 2012, Pat Kinevane’s Silent and Sonya Kelly’s The Wheelchair On My Face, both feature among a packed programme, as does Sarah Jane Scaife’s take on Beckett’s Act Without Words II.
Pat Shortt and Mike Finn will discuss their careers and influences at an event in the Loft theatre next week, which will also play host to a night marking the tenth anniversary of Richard Harris’ death.
“There are a group of local musicians, performers and dancers all coming together to celebrate his life and work and it should be really interesting, I am really looking forward to it,” explained Duncan.
Other highlights include Raymond Scanell’s Mimic and the site-specific piece Day Zero, which will take audiences on a tour around an apocalyptic vision of the city.
See Belltable for full details on shows and for tickets. Limerick Unfringed 2012 runs until October 28.