Fringe First winner 2019 Mustard by Eva O’Connor, the Scottish premiere of On Blueberry Hill by Sebastian Barry and the 10th anniversary of Pat Kinevane’s Silent - Fringe First and Herald Angel Award winner 2011 - will screen digitally across Summerhall, Traverse and Dance Base
Fishamble is delighted to return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021 with a mini season of digital performance made up of the best in contemporary Irish theatre. Fishamble is proud to continue investing in the careers of artists throughout 2021, ensuring the future of Irish theatre is nurtured and supported.
Winner of a Scotsman Fringe First Award and Lustrum Award in 2019, Mustard by Eva O’Connor is a one-woman show about heartbreak, madness and how condiments are the ultimate coping mechanism. When E meets the man of her dreams, a professional cyclist, love hits her in the pubic bone like a train. But when it ends she plummets into a black hole of heartbreak at the speed of a doped up team on the Tour de France. Directed by long-time collaborator of Eva O’Connor, Hildegard Ryan, the show will stream online at Summerhall from 16 - 22 August.
Making its Scottish premiere in digital form, On Blueberry Hill, written by current Laureate of Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry, follows the lives of Christy and PJ, - Niall Buggy and David Ganly. The best of friends and worst of enemies, the two are destined to share their lives for twenty years. Bursting with humanity, the play explores murder, forgiveness, survival and, ultimately, love in the prison of the human heart. Directed by Fishamble’s Jim Culleton, On Blueberry Hill returns after a run in London’s West End was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Fishamble are delighted to reunite with Sebastian Barry for this digital version, which will be presented as part of the Traverse Theatre digital programme, 10 - 16 August.
Returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 10 years after its debut in 2011, Silent is a brave, bleak and beautiful production. Written and performed by Pat Kinevane and directed by Jim Culleton, it tells the touching and challenging story of homeless McGoldrig, who once had splendid things. But he has lost it all - including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino. It is a stunning and highly passionate show that has been appreciated around the world, winning a Scotsman Fringe First and Herald Angel for its debut 10 years ago, and an Olivier Award in 2016. It will show online in partnership with Dance Base from 22-29 August, and has been edited to two-thirds of its stage running time, especially for a digital platform.
Jim Culleton, Artistic Director of Fishamble, said: “This year has presented many challenges for us all in the performing arts, one of which was not being able to make work for the stage - the silver lining has been the ability to create high quality digital versions of our work with the support from Culture Ireland, for this mini-season of work which is accessible to anyone from home. We are now able to share Silent, Mustard and On Blueberry Hill with much broader audiences, world-wide, with our excellent Edinburgh partners at Dance Base, Summerhall and The Traverse, respectively. We are excited to share the work online, and hope audiences enjoy these examples of top quality contemporary Irish writing and production.”
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