A blindfolded boy violently swings at a piñata. A choir of ghosts gatecrash a child’s birthday party. The front and back ends of a pantomime horse can’t see eye to eye. It Folds is a poignant, humorous portrait of death, grief and the extremes of the human condition from two of Ireland’s leading performance companies. Fusing the distinctive choreography of Junk Ensemble with the innovative theatricality of Brokentalkers, this multi award-winning show features a large cast of Irish and local performers.
The show premiered at the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage at Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2015, where it won Best Performer (Ben Sullivan). It was then awarded Best Lighting Design (Sarah Jane Shiels) at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2015. The show has toured to Mayfest in Bristol, using a large local choir and local cast members.
'Rich theatrical pickings' The Irish Times ****
'Exciting, experimental, and expertly polished' The State of the Arts (U.K.)
'Perturbingly powerful, this beguiling production is stirringly beautiful' Broadway World ****
'Extraordinarily unique fusion of eccentric theatricality and distinctive dance style' Le Cool Dublin
'Full of comic and surreal images' The Irish Examiner
Formed in 2001 by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan, Brokentalkers have built a reputation as one of Ireland's most innovative and original theatre companies. The company explores new forms of presentation that challenge traditional ideologies of theatre. With the support of Culture Ireland, Brokentalkers have presented work in eighteen countries. Brokentalkers won the International Total Theatre Award 2013 and the Grand Prix Award 2014.
Junk Ensemble is a multi-award winning dance-theatre company established in 2004 by Megan Kennedy and Jessica Kennedy. The company make brave and imaginative work, often created in collaboration with artists from other disciplines to produce a rich mix of visual styles. Their work is regularly presented internationally, with the support of Culture Ireland. Junk Ensemble were Artists-in-Residence at Tate Britain in 2012.
Brokentalkers and Junk Ensemble are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.
We are crowdfunding to make up the deficit in our budget whilst performing for a month in Edinburgh Fringe Festival and to help to pay artists and technical fees for the entire period. We have funding from Culture Ireland and LÓKAL Festival Reykjavík and we are supported as Project Artists by Project Arts Centre.
Funders will be contributing towards:
Rehearsal fees for the artists
A fee for our lighting designer
Additional production and lighting costs
Thank you for taking the time to read about our project. We are proud of the show and we feel that it will make an impact on audiences in Edinburgh. The themes in the piece are what many people can relate to, in some form or another. The show is excellently performed by a multi-generational cast of Irish and international actors, dancers & musicians, alongside a local Edinburgh choir. The design of the piece is simple, beautiful and effective, created by an award-winning team.
Image credit: Luca Truffarelli