Thursday, July 31, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Big Love, by the American playwright Charles Mee, can be read in full on his site here. It's an adaptation of The Danaids (The Suppliants) by Aeschylus (full translation here). Mee's introduction states that 'the setting for the piece should not be real, or naturalistic. It should not be a set for the piece to play within but rather something against which the piece can resonate: something on the order of a bathtub, 100 olive trees, and 300 wine glasses half-full of red wine', and Cartmell's production certainly gets into this spirit, being inventive, energetic and visually arresting - a tonic in another rainy Irish summer.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
In the words of the Gallery's website:
The gallery is hugely significant in the history of the State not only because of its renowned and international collection of art, but also in its association with twentieth century literature in particular the Nobel Laureate William Butler Yeats.
W.B.Yeats recalls the controversy, disappointments and eventual joy in the permanent location of the collection in Charlemont House, in a number of poems including the wonderfully titled 'To A Wealthy Man Who Promised A Second Subscription To The Dublin Municipal Gallery If It Were Proved The People Wanted Pictures', 'September 1913' and the poignant 'The Municipal Gallery Revisited.'