LAUNDRY

 

 

 

Dublin Theatre Festival 2011: Programme link

“Extraordinary, subtly devastating. Bending time into an uninterrupted blend of past and present, living and dead, enmeshing performance with reality.  Even the act of crossing its threshold is electric with significance. If catharsis will not come to the theatre, the theatre must pursue catharsis…It is theatre that takes you by the hand, leads you to places never seen and refuses to let go” -Peter Crawley, The Irish Times

 

“A rare thing, genuinely site specific, scorching production. My highlight of the festival” – Lyn Gardiner, The Guardian

 

…It is probably one of the most important, provocative works about institutional abuse in Ireland and the social complicity that enabled it to permeate our culture for so long” – Sara Keating, Irish Theatre Magazine

 

“The Highlight of the festival… it employs the immersive technique deftly to make you part inmate, part witness and part complicit.” ***** The Financial Times

 

It is crucial to see this particular piece in this particular place at this particular time, to ensure that we don’t forget, can’t forget” – Sophie Gorman, Irish Independent.

 

“I don’t think I’ve ever been as affected by a piece of theatre as this one… standing afterwards in the streets of Dublin in floods of tears, I realised that this is really important…” – Eamon Mc Cann, The View (RTE)

 

“I have been talking about this ever since I have seen it. “ – John Kelly, The View (RTE)

 

It’s unsettling, disturbing and strangely beautiful. It is a thing of terrible beauty and of devastating significance” – Darragh Doyle

 

“If you can see World’s End Lane & Laundry in tandem you should, because the world may actually implode with its effect.” – Peter Crawley, The View (RTE)

 

“Laundry is a huge achievement and takes site-specific, immersive theatre to a level it has never before reached in Ireland. Creating a superbly well-judged mixture of the almost unbearably real and the mesmerisingly poetic. The hyper-real insistence on conjuring a hidden history melds with the magic of illusion to create something genuinely extraordinary.”  – Fintan O’Toole,  The Irish Times

Laundry won the prestigious Best Production Award at this year’s Irish Times Theatre Awards where director Louise Lowe was also nomiated for Best Director.  It played for over 200 performances, was critically acclaimed and sold-out throughout it’s run, it formed the centrepiece of a key programming strand of the 2011 Dublin Theatre Festival entitled ‘Behind Closed Doors’.  This was a series of site specific productions by Irish and International companies that provided audiences with a glimpse of the numerous private and personal stories that combine to paint a unique portrait of the city and its inhabitants,  past and present.

Laundry (2011)
Laundry (2011)

 

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