If you’re in the market for a laugh or two (or twenty) this September – and let’s face it who doesn’t enjoy a good giggle from time to time - then Dublin Fringe Festival is the place to head for.
The autumn 2013 show will launch in the city on Thursday, September 5 and run right through to Sunday, September 22. During that time it will host a staggering 750 performances in up to 30 venues – so there’s bound to be something that’ll appeal. It’s fair to say that Dublin Fringe Festival is fast becoming as popular as the Edinburgh Fringe (and indeed, many of the performers here in Dublin will be arriving fresh from their shows in the Scottish capital).
So what sort of performances, apart from comedy, can you be guaranteed to see at the Festival? Well there’s theatre, dance, art, circus, film, games… you get the idea. However, what we really wanted to talk about in this blog post was comedy – as we’re partial to a bit of it here ourselves at the Sandymount Hotel. This year’s comedy line-up, you’ll be pleased to hear, is as impressive as ever.
It includes: • One Woman Comedy Routine Aisling Bea – billed by the Independent newspaper as ‘One to Watch’ has appeared in a series of TV comedy shows and worked alongside Jack Dee on his comedy dhow Don’t Sit In The Front Row. This September she shares a bill with guitar-wielding comedian James Walmsley at Smock Alley Theatre on September 7. And speaking of solo female comedians, the ever-popular stand-up and write Maeve Higgins is returning to the stage – this time with a play. Her script concerns a Dublin lass newly transported to the bright lights of London and what it has to offer. But how does she feel about her homeland Dublin and has she really ditched it for good? • Male Line Up Comedy If you’re partial to an all-dancing gender bending show then you’ll want to go along and watch the four blokes in ponydance’s How to be a lad(y). Well, they say it’s four blokes anyhow.
The line up includes a Northern Irish Hip Hop champion and the World Line Dancing champion – now where will you ever find such unlikely dance candidates sharing the same stage again? It’s three blokes that go to make up the comedy team of Foil Arms and Hog. The trio were such a hit at the Fringe last year that they’ve been asked back with their mix of stand up and sketch comedy full of horrendous characters and ridiculous scenes. • One Man Comedy Routine Former 2008 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner David O’Doherty returns to Dublin with his new 'Jaws era Steven Spielberg' look.
The show is a mix of both talk and singing and features the last remaining swimming stroke ‘the squid.’ So, have you booked your shows yet? If so and you need accommodation during the period then why not take a look at our bookings list at the Sandymount Hotel and get yourself organized in that respect too? Image via EdinburghfestivalList.co.uk
Susan is super passionate about hotels and in a past life was a travel writer and hotel critic. As a Dublin native she also loves everything about the city and wants to share her knowledge on all the best bits.