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“Such has been the achievement of Anu Productions’ masterful Monto Cycle, one that has broadened the ambitions and capacities of Irish theatre…Anu’s remarkable framing of the city – and its effect. You leave more alert, inquisitive, and compassionate to hidden stories, as though encouraged to see the world anew” – The Irish Times
“* * * * * One of the festival’s supreme achievements, this shows what site-specific work can be at its (seldom achieved) truest. Its action is not simply displaced from a conventional theatre but generated by its surroundings. It is small-scale in geography but epic in reach and time. The stories are taut. The acting is high grade. The audience are made unnervingly complicit with bullies and voyeurs as they are whipped along…If a vaunted project to put on all four plays of the Monto Cycle gets off the ground, it would alone be a reason for booking a ticket to Dublin.” – Susanah Clapp (The Guardian)
“Anu Productions’ extraordinary Monto Cycle, a four-part history of the north-inner-city Dublin area, has delivered some of the most ambitious and thrillingly intimate theatre in living memory.” – Peter Crawley The Irish Times
“* * * * * Anu Productions bring audiences into private spaces in the North Inner City for intimate confrontations with the dark corners of the city’s history. Their work manages to be both abrasive and beautiful. Vardo is the final instalment in their Monto Cycle, staged over the past three years at the festival. It may be the most significant series of theatre works the city has witnessed since the emergence of Brian Friel and Tom Murphy.” – The Independent
“It is this one-to-one intimacy that made the audience so uncomfortably complicit in these matter-of-fact exchanges in a piece which hid in plain sight of a passing public who chose not to notice what was happening under their noses. Such a cutting-edge approach is just one aspect of a carefully crafted festival that this year was firing on all cylinders.” – Herald Scotland
” In this monumental series of works Anu have brought the voices of a hidden Ireland to the fore. A boundary pushing, confrontational and intimate work. Anu have been lauded as perhaps the most vital sight-specific theatre companies operating at the moment and Vardo (like all instalments of the Monto Cycle) is a truly singular theatre experience not to be missed.” – Totally Dublin
“It was amazing, it was very real in very public places… Thank God it happens… absolutely brilliant” – The Works RTE
“* * * * * ANU Productions brings a frankness onto the streets themselves. ANU’s productions are brave, compassionate and sobering, making you look more closely at what is around you” – Financial Times
“The continuing Monto Cycle is brutal, confrontational and deeply uncomfortable but also brave, serious and superbly done, making for some of the best site-specific theatre anywhere in the world.” The Irish Times
VARDO was the final part of ANU Productions’ multi award-winning Monto Cycle (World’s End Lane, Laundry and The Boys of Foley Street), which spans the last one hundred years of history in Dublin.
Operating 24 hours a day and barely hidden beneath the city’s surface, an army of undocumented workers fuel a thriving invisible economy. They are transient, they are temporary, they are traffic. Real names and identities are hidden and what we see is not necessarily what we get.
A boundary-pushing, site-specific work, Vardo took audiences on a stimulating and intimate journey to explore first-hand the present day underworld of Dublin’s north inner city.
Presented as part of the 2014 Dublin Theatre Festival.
- Venue: Oonagh Young Gallery
- Previews: Tues Sept 23 & Wed Sept 24
- Dates: Thurs Sept 25 – Sun Oct 12, every half hour from 3pm – 6pm & 7pm – 9.30pm (No performances on Mondays)
- Tickets: €15 – €20
- Duration: Approx. 60 mins. No interval.
- NOW-THEN-NOW: Witnessing Future History: Oct 7 & 8. A conference inspired by the work of ANU Productions, presented in partnership with Create: http://http://www.create-ireland.ie/events-2014/now-then-now-witnessing-future-history