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# Dublin Fringe Festival

Last year
Opinion: My play about adoption reflects on my family and families like us
Playwright Dylan Coburn Gray outlines the reasons why he wrote his new play, opening at the Fringe.
Opinion: The world wants us to go back to normal after the pandemic. Maybe we need to rest instead
Artist Áine O’Hara has created the Rest Rooms, where rest is a form of resistance – here, she explains the background to the installation.
Opinion: Does the behaviour of gulls in the city need to change - or do we?
Artist Shanna May Breen found herself mulling over this after seagulls nested near her flat. Now she’s made a theatre show in tribute to the bird.
Emily Ashmore: Stand-up comedy helped me deal with my mystery health issue
When Emily Ashmore dislocated her knees, it was the start of a long medical journey. She found solace in humour.
# on stage
Oliver Cromwell, a confession box and sex work - Dublin Fringe Festival unveils its 2022 programme
This year sees topics including climate change and the mother and baby homes being explored through art, music, theatre and performance.
All time
'We say 'we need to talk about mental health in Ireland' - while looking the other way when people scream for help'
Marise Gaughan writes about her father’s suicide, and how she copes with mental health issues. On World Suicide Prevention Day, she asks what we can do about suicide in Ireland.
'Mum was and still is a very funny person. I want to show there's another side to dementia'
Philip Connaughton is a carer – along with members of his family – for his mother. Now he’s exploring their changed relationship in a new show as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival.
# 4 events for
4 events... to catch at this year's Dublin Fringe Festival
Buy your tickets now before the best stuff sells out.
# What's on?
Here are some of the highlights from this month's Dublin Fringe Festival
Want to go to a show? Here’s some help picking which one.
# calling the hill
GAA fans asked to get in on the act(ing)
Dublin Fringe Festival 2013 wants volunteers to take the terrace, sorry – stage, for performance piece about fandom.
Column: 'Churching' women after childbirth made many new mothers feel ostracised
I believe strongly in the idea that we are formed by our past, so I tried to understand how the practise of churching in 1913 Ireland affected the women cleansed of the ‘sin’ of childbirth, writes Louise Lewis.
Column: Remembering LAMBO and the celebrity of Gerry Ryan
It started out as an innocent book review but ended up as the subject of a police investigation. Hugh Travers writes about the late great Gerry Ryan and the claim that made him famous.
# Dublin Fringe Festival
Activists and outsiders: Unsung heroes celebrated in the Dublin Fringe Festival
The 2013 Dublin Fringe Festival, launched today, offers a celebration of political and social engagement by new and returning artists over 18 days of exciting and thought-provoking shows.
Column: What happens to the people failed by our education system?
Playwright Amy Conroy talks about her experience of education in Ireland – and how the frustrations it provoked led to the questions posed in her new show.
Column: Growing up between Inis Oírr… and Ballymun
When Martin Sharry was seven, he moved from Ballymun to Inis Oírr. The two places are very different, he writes, but not without similarities.
Column: Everybody seems to be leaving, but what about those of us left?
In these days of mass emigration, writes Stefanie Preissner, should we feel a responsibility to the country that raised us?
Column: Here’s why I directed an opera about IKEA flatpack furniture
Building flatpack furniture is nothing if not dramatic, writes Conor Hanratty – which is why opera suits it perfectly.
Column: Why are the Catholics being bailed out by the Protestants?
In Europe, it’s the Catholic countries that are economic basket cases – and maybe that’s no coincidence, writes comedian Abie Philbin Bowman.