I couldn’t think of a better day to write the last post of the year! Today my dear Abbey Theatre is celebrating its 111th Birthday! And I have to say that my theatremania started with in that very place, The Abbey, in 2010 when I went to see G B Shaw’s Pygmalion directed by Annabelle Comyn; and ever since that day (I saw Pygmalion twice, I liked it so much) the very word theatre has adapted a completely different meaning for me. I can even say it was life-changing experience for me.
In the last two and a half years I haven’t missed a single performance in The Abbey and happy to say that the absolute majority of them were of a very high standard (I don’t care who says what!). When I go to see a play, I don’t go to judge it, I go to enjoy it and to share it with my fellow theatre goers.
We’ve had out little moment with the Abbey this year. Being a fiery supporter of #WakingThe Feminists movement, I must say that just like many other theatre folks, I was saddened by the Abbey’s programme for the upcoming year but am remaining very hopeful that the directing panel have learnt their lesson and the new productions in our National Theatre will represent the whole diversity of the beautiful voices of Ireland.
I’m happy to say that I was in The Abbey when “Vote Yes” campaign took place earlier this year and I was there on the 12th of November. I was there when Waking The Nation programme was announced (twice) and I was there for the Theatre of Memory Symposium last year and for this year’s Theatre of War Symposium. Two and a half years after, I can not imagine my life without being able to visit my national theatre on a regular basis!
Happy 111th Abbey! You don’t look a day older than 18! I don’t drink, but if I did I would raise a glass in your honour tonight. Here, to many many more years of high quality theatre!
And the freak I am, I am indeed looking forward to celebrating the end of the year with you and with the highly anticapated performance of You Never Can Tell.
2015 has been a very interesting and, more importantly, productive year for me. First of all, this very blog isn’t even a year old yet and I already couldn’t be happier with it. I don’t want to brag or anything, but something that was born purely out of my passion for Irish theatre has become so much more. If it wasn’t for Unforgettable Lines, I would not have been able to meet all those extremely talented and creative theatre companies and theatre makers. Each and every single interview was very special to me! It’s amazing how a play can affect and inspire, but it’s even more amazing finding out how professional, creative and so endlessly talented are the people who make it all happen.
With 85 plays and theatre events under my belt plus all the interviews and theatre talks and tours… I can safely say it has been quite a year! A very enjoyable one, as well, of course!
I wouldn’t possibly be able to single out five or even ten productions that would highlight 2015 for me. Every single play I saw this year has left its little something in my heart.
A huge thank you to Theatre Upstairs that has allowed me to see all the amazing new work that has been staged in their cozy space above the Lanigans Pub. It’s a real gem for the emerging Irish artists.
And another thank you to all the artists and theatre companies that have invited me to review their plays. I have never doubted it but it was so wonderful to, yet once more, realise how big and rich on talents Irish artists are!
Now I’m looking forward to the new 2016 and with all the theatre-going experience behind me, I hope I’ll be able to crack the 100 plays in a year (which is not a challenge but a wish!) and hopefully my passion for theatre will bring me outside of Dublin to new locations, new theatres and new creative spaces!
The Abbey wants to wake the Nation for 2016, I already can say: I am wide awake and ready for a year filled with theatre, arts and creativity!