Supporting New Work
Dublin Fringe Festival 2023
Shauna Carrick Wants a Dog
AON SCÉAL THEATRE
An original musical comedy about life, love, and wanting a dog. We follow Shauna as she tackles her inner demons and embarks on a quest to take control of her own life, whilst making some very necessary detours for hot chocolate along the way.
Indulge in this wholesome musical experience, brought to you from the creators of Chromatics (dlr Mill Theatre 2018 / The Other Palace, London 2020), Tír na nÓg (dlr Mill Theatre 2022) and Tiny: Thumbelina Retold (Civic Theatre, Tallaght 2023).
Developed at Scene+Heard. Supported by dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum and the UCD Ad Astra Academy Performing Arts Alumni Initiative.
The Whispering Chair by Tara Lovett
In October 2023, Livin’ Dred Theatre Company will be presenting the world premiere of The Whispering Chair by Cavan-based playwright Tara Lovett. This will be presented in association with Cavan County Museum and the dlr Mill Theatre.
The Whispering Chair tells the story of a modern marriage twisted and torn by the dark family history of the War of Independence: what was done, by whom, and not spoken about. Maud lives with her grandmother Aggie’s values, views, hidden resentments, and it is destroying her marriage. Through the renovation of a throw-away chair, Maud’s husband Con comes to fully understand that his wife is unknowingly living through the dark shadow of her grandmother, and what Aggie felt forced to do during the war. The old woman from the past has shaped the modern woman, and poisoned her. Can either survive?
The Whispering Chair is deeply engaged with our history, the War of Independence and its legacy. It focuses on intergenerational trauma, the role of women in Ireland and marriage.
Taking place in Cavan County Museum, three performances of the show will be presented to groups of students from schools in Cavan. These performances will be offered to each group free of charge.
Lovett’s text is rural, poetic, funny and new. It is performed by two actors, Catriona Williams and Naoise Dunbar, in an intimate, specially created setting with a minimalist, cutting-edge design. Directed by award-winning actor Bryan Burroughs, this sleek and fast-paced production promises to be darkly comic, gripping and will appeal to students and general audiences alike.