Limerick’s Unfringed theatre festival to return in October

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK’s thriving cultural scene has received a further boost with the news that the Unfringed Festival is to return in October.

LIMERICK’s thriving cultural scene has received a further boost with the news that the Unfringed Festival is to return in October.

The event, hosted by the Belltable and programmed by first time curator Duncan Molloy, will take place from October 16-23 and feature a host of new and established works.

The chief departure for Limerick Unfringed 2012 is the October scheduling, a change from the January slot is has occupied in recent years.

Mr Molloy, a native of Ballina but “proud Limerick man”, who has been making theatre in the city for several years, including the superb Don Juan in Hell in Red Cross Hall as part of the Belltable’s theatre project, said the move was for audiences as much as performers.

“It made a lot of sense in terms of the quality of work we could bring down, but also, more importantly from an audience point of view, the feeling I wanted to create more than anything else, was that this is a festival for Limerick audiences,” he explained.

“I struck on the idea of Limerick city as a place that needs ‘unfringing’, a place where we need to take people away from the edges and bring them back towards the city centre,” added Mr Molloy.

Gerry Barnes, artistic director in the Belltable, said the support of Shannon Development, Limerick city and county council and the Art Council in Unfringed 2012 was a “vote of confidence in the Belltable and the young people coming through and making their mark”.

Included among the extensive programme - grouped under the theme ‘Darkness on the edge of town’ - are Edinburgh Fringe Festival winners in 2011 and 2012, Pat Kinevane’s Silent and Sonya Kelly’s The Wheelchair On My Face respectively.

Local playwright Ciarda Tobin and director Marie Boylan have been commissioned to produce Siege; dancer Angie Smalis performs Chimaera; while works by Samuel Beckett and David Mamet also feature, as does music with Scullion and a 10th anniversary celebration of Richard Harris’ passing on October 25.

See Belltable.