Welcome to this year’s Festival Blog. Over the coming weeks we’ll be posting updates from many of the companies presenting work in the 2013 festival. We’ll have news from the cast and creative teams who are busy preparing in the rehearsal room as well as photos and videos of the work in progress.

Check back with us for more as the countdown to the Dublin Theatre Festival 2013 commences!

Friday, 27 September 2013

Opening Night!

The festival has opened!


And compared to this time yesterday, it feels like an entirely different world. The whole festival team was running between the office and various venues getting everything in gear for opening night, and everybody was wishing for it all to go well.

Luckily it seems that it did! At around 7.35 last night, the six Wunderkammer performers took to the Gaiety stage. I had no idea what to expect from the show, and if you asked me today I probably couldn't describe it to you properly. The woman sitting behind us who kept saying "How?!" might have a better shot at it, but in her absence I'll keep quiet. All that can be said is that the show is incredible even if you're not a fan of anything remotely connected to circus, burlesque, or strength performance in general, it's impossible not to enjoy this.

While the spotlight was on the Gaiety, there were six other shows in action last night and all reports so far have been great. Winners and Losers had great success with a full house and Germinal stole the imaginations of half of our team in its first show. Apparently this one is going to be a festival gem. Maeve's House also opened last night, and the success from its previews followed through. The Bruising of Clouds previewed in Axis: Ballymun, Tom and Vera previewed in Samuel Beckett Theatre and The Threepenny Opera previewed in The Gate, and I can't wait to see all of these.

It's going to be crazy over the next 18 days but all eyes are on the shows and the team is going to do their best to make sure it goes off without a glitch. Good luck to all! See you on the other side.

Heather Maher
Marketing and Development Intern

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