“THEATRE FOR ONE” STARTS LIVE, IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES TOMORROW AT DUBLIN’S ABBEY THEATRE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
“THEATRE FOR ONE”
THE ONE-ON-ONE THEATER EXPERIENCE
WILL START LIVE, IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES
AT DUBLIN’S ABBEY THEATRE
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT PRODUCED BY
AND THE ABBEY THEATRE
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL
WITH THE SUPPORT OF ACCENTURE AND DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL
Dublin, Ireland (December 17, 2020) – Performances of Theatre for One, the intimate theatrical experience that brings together one actor and one audience member, will start live, in-person performances tomorrow, December 18 at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. The limited engagement, produced by Landmark Productions (Anne Clark, Producer), Octopus Theatricals (Mara Isaacs, Producer), and the Abbey Theatre (Graham McLaren and Neil Murray, Directors), will play December 18-23.
While Dublin theaters are not currently open under level 3 restrictions, Ireland’s Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media, Catherine Martin announced earlier this week that Theatre For One will begin performances, with additional safety measures, in a pilot test capacity. This is the first, and very important, step in creating a roadmap back for live theater performances in Ireland.
The upcoming engagement of Theatre for One is comprised of six five-minute plays by leading Irish playwrights Marina Carr, Stacey Gregg, Emmet Kirwan, Louise Lowe, Mark O’Rowe, and Enda Walsh, with each original five-minute play performed by one actor, for one audience member in a specially designed booth.
In addition, a new commission for children titled Theatre for One (and a Little One), will run December 29-31, in co-production with the Abbey Theatre. The commission designed to be seen by one adult and one child aged ten or under, will feature newly commissioned work by Roddy Doyle, Sonya Kelly, Louis Lovett, and Pauline McLynn.
Mara Isaacs, producer for Octopus Theatricals said, “I’m extremely proud to have Theatre for One be part of such an important first step to the resumption of live theater productions in Ireland and I’m hopeful we will have news about a return to New York sometime in 2021. I’m grateful to our partners at Landmark Productions and the Abbey Theatre, the Minister and her team for all of the remarkable work to bring both Theatre for One and Theatre for One (and a Little One) to Dublin.”
Theatre for One is a mobile state-of-the-art performance space for one actor and one audience member at a time. Conceived and created by the Olivier award-winning designer Christine Jones and designed by LOT-EK architects, it is it is a unique private performing arts space inspired by confessionals, intensely intimate, and completely visceral. Photos can be downloaded HERE
Audience members can rest assured that these performances will be presented within government guidelines and in accordance with the test conditions set down by the Minister as follows:
The performances will be ticketed, and data held for 30 days; only the named person assigned a ticket may attend (no tickets as gifts); all attendees will have their smartphone switched on and the HSE COVID app, for contact tracing purposes, installed; the arrangements will be supervised by an occupational health and safety professional (arranged via the Arts Council); and the venue will adhere to best practice on ventilation.
When it premiered, with the support of the Arts Council, at Cork Midsummer Festival last summer, Theatre for One played to 5-star reviews across the board, and audiences queued outside the Cork Opera House – sometimes for hours – for the one-off experience. Now, with the support of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival, Accenture, and Dublin City Council, Dublin audiences will experience the unique live nature of the performance, free of charge.
Landmark Productions is one of Ireland’s leading theatrical producers. We produce wide-ranging work in Ireland and share that work with international audiences. Led by Anne Clarke since the company’s foundation in 2003, our productions have received multiple awards and have been seen in leading theaters in London, New York, and beyond. We produce a wide range of ambitious work – plays, operas and musicals – in theaters ranging from the 66-seat New Theatre to the 1,254-seat Olympia. We co-produce regularly with a number of partners, including, most significantly, Galway International Arts Festival and Irish National Opera. Our 18 world premieres include new plays by major Irish writers such as Enda Walsh and Mark O’Rowe, featuring a roll call of Ireland’s finest actors, directors, and designers. The company receives Arts Grant Funding from the Arts Council. Numerous awards include the Judges’ Special Award at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, in recognition of sustained excellence in programming and for developing imaginative partnerships to bring quality theater to the Irish and international stage; and a Special Tribute Award for Anne Clarke, for her work as a producer of world-class theater in the independent sector in Ireland. www.landmarkproductions.ie
Octopus Theatricals. Founded by creative producer Mara Isaacs, Octopus Theatricals collaborates with artists and organizations to foster an expansive range of compelling theatrical works for local, national, and international audiences. We eschew boundaries – aesthetic, geopolitical, institutional – and thrive on a nimble and rigorous practice. Current projects: Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell (Broadway, eight Tony Awards including Best Musical; Grammy Award, Best Musical Theater Album); Iphigenia, a new opera by Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding; Dreaming Zenzile by Somi Kakoma; An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare (Obie Award); And So We Walked by DeLanna Studi; Bill Irwin’s On Beckett; Activist Songbook by Aaron Jafferis and Byron Au Yong; Social! The Social Distance Dance Club conceived by Steven Hoggett & Christine Jones with David Byrne; and Theatre for One. We are also proud to work with Fiasco Theatre, Phantom Limb Company, Ripe Time, Lola Arias, Song of the Goat Theatre, and many more. www.octopustheatricals.com
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