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Top Ten Fringe picks

Festival Director of Tiger Dublin Fringe, Kris Nelson’s Top Ten Picks for Ireland’s most exciting arts festival.

With over 80 incredible comedy,music, theatre, dance and circus events, Tiger Dublin Fringe is where you’ll discover the best Irish and international artists and catch new talent as they become stars.

Fringe will entertain you, delight you, challenge you and thrill you with events across the city. Plus it’s the festival’s 21st birthday, and they want you to celebrate along with them. This year, Fringe brings back the very special Spiegeltent located at Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1.

Inside this lush, gorgeous wooden venue you’ll see the very best of the world’s circus, cabaret singers, bands and more. It’s the place to see and be seen. Add the Spiegeltent to a list of the best theatres, clubs, galleries, bars, docks, parks and abandoned buildings, from September 7-20, Fringe brings the whole city alive.

[dropcap]1 [/dropcap] Scotch & Soda by Australia’s very best circus artists, Company2 is the Spiegeltent headliner. This incredible show promises daredevil acrobatics, a great band and circus tricks that will take your breath away. Great for a date or night out with the gang. It’s the must-see of the festival. SPIEGELTENT, SEPTEMBER 8-20

[dropcap]2 [/dropcap]Get your swizzle on and have a laugh with Tallaght’s own Al Porter, on stage for the first time with Ireland’s legendary band, The Swing Cats. A ripper of a comedy night with a jazzy feel. SPIEGELTENT, SEPTEMBER 10

[dropcap]3 [/dropcap]The buzz is fierce around Over the Top Wrestling’s special show at Fringe. Ireland’s own pro-wrestlers boasts a mix of top-tier athletes and wacky characters. Highoctane, you’ll be cheering til you’re hoarse. SPIEGELTENT, SEPTEMBER 18

[dropcap]4 [/dropcap]One of Fringe’s trademarks is staging shows in unusual places. Behind the Dark by Loosysmokes takes you deep into Phoenix Park, late at night. You’ll be amazed by circus performers swooping over your head and doing daring stunts in the trees. PHOENIX PARK, SEPTEMBER  8-19

[dropcap]5[/dropcap] Craving stimulating and soul-stirring theatre? Catch GROUNDED by George Brant from SIREN Productions. Anne Hathaway played the part of this drone pilot living on the edge OffBroadway and now Dublin gets its own version starring the rising superstar Clare Dunne. PROJECT ARTS CENTRE, SEPTEMBER 5-12

[dropcap]6 [/dropcap] Love an ‘aul rose? Check out Oh What a Lovely Rose! – a charming and sharp comedy about the Rose of Tralee contest. SMOCK ALLEY THEATRE, SEPTEMBER 16-19

[dropcap]7[/dropcap] Comedy Trio, Foil Arms & Hog areback and ready to give you the very best of Irish sketch comedy. Count on crazy laughs! SMOCK ALLEY THEATRE, SEPTEMBER 9-19

[dropcap]8[/dropcap] Electronic music your jam? Holly Herndon is one of the world’s top electronic musicians, it’s a coup to have her in Dublin! Expect great beats, dazzling projections and lush vocals. [Presented by everyone’s favourite UMACK Productions in association with Science Gallery Dublin. SPIEGELTENT, SEPTEMBER 17

[dropcap]9[/dropcap] Mx Justin Vivian Bond is one of the world’s top cabaret artists and leading transgendered spokespeople. V comes to Dublin for one soaring, hilarious nightunder the musical direction of Thomas Bartlett (The Gloaming, Other Voices). Not to be missed. SPIEGELTENT, SEPTEMBER 15

[dropcap]10[/dropcap] Alison Spittle Discovers Hawaii is brand new comedy from everyone’s favourite Republic of Telly star. You’ll be seeing her on her new TV show out later this year, so be sure to see her at Fringe first! THE INTERNATIONAL BAR, SEPTEMBER 7-12

Celebrating all that’s brand new in the arts, this year’s 14 day Tiger Dublin Fringe programme, running city-wide from September 7-20, will astound, inspire and dazzle. Expect to laugh, reflect and immerse yourself in new ideas and breathtaking events. This year’s festival delves deeper and wider in to the city uncovering hidden gems guided by an artistic eye.

Buy your Fringe tickets online and browse the whole programme at fringefest.com
Tel: 1850 374 643