IMRAM to Present THE BRECHT PROJECT: SONGS FROM THE DARK TIMES at Smock Alley Theatre
On Wednesday, 24 May International Literature Festival Dublin in Association with IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival, will present The Brecht Project: Songs From The Dark Times at the renowned Smock Alley Theatre.
Songs From The Dark Times is being conceived and directed by American theatre and opera director, Eric Fraad, with music direction by the celebrated Irish singer, Caitríona O'Leary. The Irish language production imaginatively adapts monologues, scenes and poems written by the German poet/playwright Bertolt Brecht, and songs - and other musical works - written by Brecht and the composers Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler with the intention of drawing comparisons between the fascist regimes that emerged in the 1930s and 1940s, and the rise of right wing authoritarian governments today.
As the West's greatest politically-focused playwright and poet of the twentieth century, Brecht's works are hauntingly apposite today both in their incisive and humorous depiction of the impotence, immorality and declining plight of the common man and their call to political awareness and action. In revolutionary works such as The Threepenny Opera, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and Das Berliner Requiem, Brecht and Weill reimagined the genres of the musical, opera and oratorio, re-invigorating them with political and social meaning and a plethora of formal innovations. The same is the case for Brecht's remarkable oeuvre of poetry and works for the theatre.
Songs From The Dark Times celebrates these inspired literary and musical creations in compelling new Irish language translations and presents them in a context that demonstrates their relevance and impact for contemporary audiences.
Stage Direction: Eric Fraad
Music Direction: Caitríona O'Leary
Choreography: Justine Doswell,
Set & Lighting Design: Kevin McFadden
Costume Design: Monica Ennis
Projection Design: Margaret Lonergan
Irish Translations: Gabriel Rosenstock, Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh
Producer: Liam Carson
Singer: Caitríona O'Leary
Dancers: Justine Doswell, Clodagh Farrell, Sarah Carey, Roisin Kearney
Keyboards: Josh Johnston
Saxophones, Percussion: Nick Roth
Clarinets: Deirdre O'Leary
IF YOU GO:
Date: Wednesday, 24 May
Smock Alley Theatre 1662
6-7 Exchange Street Lower
Dublin 8, Ireland
Price: €10 / €8
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