Monday, 22 May 2017

Amhráin Ón Ré Dhorcha: Tionscadal Brecht

Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
Smock Alley Theatre
Singing About The Dark Times: The Brecht Project | Amhráin Ón Ré Dhorcha: Tionscadal Brecht, which premieres at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin on 24 May 2017, rather intriguingly presents Irish language versions of monologues, scenes, poems and songs by Bertolt Brecht. Directed by American theatre and opera director Eric Fraad with musical direction by the Irish singer Catriona O'Leary, the production seeks to draw comparisons between the emergence of Fascist regimes in the 1930s and 1940s and the rise of authoritarianism today. The production is being presented by the International Literature Festival Dublin in Association with IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival,

The production features music by Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler, with songs from Das Berliner Requiem, Seven Deadly Sins, Die Dreigroschen Oper, Schweik In The 2nd World War and Mahagonny.

Smock Alley Theatre was originally the second theatre to be built in Dublin, in the 17th century, but from the late-18th century the theatre closed and it subsequently became at church, returning to life as a theatre in 2012. The theatre was operating during Handel's 1741/42 visit to Dublin, but he did not perform there.

Full details from the Smock Alley Theatre website.

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