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dates in Draíocht, Blanchardstown. We are also delighted to have commissioned the incredible musical duo Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Nic Gareiss to make their first theatre show under the direction and design of Willfredd Theatre’s Sophie Motley and Sarah Jane Shiels. In participating in The Gathering, we’ve invited Irish artists abroad to come back home with something new, most notably the brilliant Maeve Higgins, who premieres her first play Moving City, commissioned by the festival, at Smock Alley Theatre. We’ve also invited some of our favourite international artists back to the festival; Taylor Mac, Melanie Wilson and Nic Green among them. On a bittersweet note, as this is my last programme as Director of Dublin Fringe Festival I want to thank all the brilliant people I’ve worked with over the past five years; our project partners Project Arts Centre, Irish Theatre Institute, Fishamble: The New Play Company, Theatre Forum Ireland, Dance Ireland, The Lir and Bewleys Café Theatre; our funders

The Arts Council, Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland; my guardian angel Una Carmody; the amazing staff and board of Dublin Fringe Festival who go above and beyond to make miracles happen each and every September; and above all the extraordinary and inspirational artists I have had the great privilege to work with. In the words of Jerry Maguire (and Dr. Evil), with tongue planted only slightly in cheek: You complete me. I wish the wonderful Kris Nelson, who takes up the role of Dublin Fringe Festival Director after the festival this year all the very best - I know he will have a blast working with all these amazing people. There’s an abundance of riches in this programme; laughter, tears, wonder, terror and excitement with a few head-scratchers from pioneers out on the edge in the mix. As always, I encourage you to take a chance on something new. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for everything. Róise x

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Fringe 2013  

18 days of theatre, dance, music, comedy, spectacle and much, much more. Find out more at fringefest.com

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