WORLD’S END LANE

 

“ * * * * * Over the last thrilling and utterly transfixing hour, I have not learned this history, but lived it; feeling unnerved and giddy by the one-on-one intimacy of Louise Lowe’s production, agonising over my role as either participant, voyeur or non intervening citizen, tumbling finally from its enthralling mesh of now and then in a daze of different perspectives.  I leave the show but it doesn’t leave me” – Peter Crawley, The Irish Times

 

“What Lowe’s production does, so brilliantly, is flip the idea that we the audience are separate to the action, watching as the world is recreated before us.” – THE IRISH TIMES, September 20, 2010

 

“World’s End Lane is the stuff of theatre legend……Anyone of a nervous disposition or gentle demeanour should think twice before seeing this show. It is brutal, visceral, desperately uncomfortable and will probably leave you numb with shock. It should also be a permanent part of the Lab arts centre on Foley Street, its current Fringe home. It really is that good. If you get the opportunity, grab it with both hands” . – Laurence Mackin, The Irish Times

 

“…the closest I have ever come to death.   And it was a piece of theatre.” – Christine Madden, The Irish Times

 

“If there was a must see show this year, it was ANU’s astounding World’s End Lane. Unfortunately you can’t see it. The entire run is completely sold out. But take comfort in the fact that this is the first of four productions from director Louise Lowe exploring the area around The Lab at Foley’s Street, where this first production takes place…… I have never felt so impotent, so ashamed, so taken advantage of yet at the same time so invigorated, so involved or so attuned to a piece of theatre. What Lowe’s production does, so brilliantly, is flip the idea that we the audience are separate to the action, watching as the world is recreated before us. It takes us into the world, gets it in our face and forces us to confront it and ourselves.  It is theatrical perfection, one you’ll need a stiff drink and a good hug to get over.” – Caomhan Keane

 

47298_469540037813_7428023_n 2World’s End Lane was performed initially as part of the 2010 Absolut Dublin Fringe in association with the LAB with production support provided by Rough Magic Hub before being revived as part of the 2011 Dublin Theatre Festival as part of the Re: Viewed programme.  A partnership between Culture Ireland, Irish Theatre Institute and the Dublin Theatre Festival, Re: Viewed is a curated showcase of successful Irish productions revived and restaged for the Dublin Theatre Festival.

World’s End Lane was nominated for the Best Production Award at the 2010 Irish Times Theatre Awards and won the Absolut Award for Best Off Site Production as part of the Absolut Dublin Fringe Festival 2010 and was nominated for the Fishamble New Writing Award. 

Immortalised as “Nighttown” in the “Circe” chapter of James Joyce’s famous work, Ulysses, World’s End Lane was an intimate one-to-one exploration of the notorious Monto area in the north inner city.  Housing almost 6,000 prostitutes this was the largest and most prolific red light district in Europe, up until it’s dramatic closure in one night by one man (Frank Duff, founder of the Legion of Mary) on 12th March 1925. Told in multiple tenses through the eyes of five pivotal real-life characters, audiences of 3 were divided and taken on a rotating journey where they got to experience the area as a punter, tourist and complicit worker in the final days leading to its demise.

From a company perspective World’s End Lane was crucial and critical production, being nominated for the special judges award at the 2010 Irish Times Theatre awards for “continuing to present challenging theatre in unusual locations that illuminates darker, often ignored parts of society and makes her audience question what theatre can be.”   

 

 

World's End Lane (2010)
World’s End Lane (2010)
World's End Lane (2010)
World’s End Lane (2010)
World's End Lane (2010)
World’s End Lane (2010)
Dublin Theatre Festival Re:viewed 2011 / Dublin Fringe Festival 2010
Dublin Theatre Festival Re:viewed 2011 / Dublin Fringe Festival 2010
World's End Lane 2010
World’s End Lane 2010

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