|2017 Programme||2017 Diary|
Amongst the Irish highlights of Festival 2017 is the world premiere of Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival’s Woyzeck in Winter, an electrifying fusion of two masterpieces - Büchner's Woyzeck and Schubert's Die Winterreise adapted and directed by Conall Morrison with lyrics by Stephen Clark, London starring an extraordinary Irish cast including Patrick O’Kane, Camille O’Sullivan, Rosaleen Linehan, Stephen Brennan, Barry McGovern, Rory Nolan, Peter Coonan, Shane O Reilly and Susannah de Wrixon, co-commissioned by the Barbican.
In a first for the 40-year-old Festival, this year’s programme includes the world premiere of The Second Violinist a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh, a Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera production. Aaron Monaghan plays The Second Violinist, joined by singers Máire Flavin, Sharon Carty and Benedict Nelson, together with a 16-strong chorus, and Crash Ensemble.
Other a new short text Bathroom by Enda Walsh presented in a gallery setting and featuring the voice of Tom Vaughan Lawlor, produced by GIAF; the Druid production of Crestfall by Mark O’Rowe directed by Annabel Comyn; Corn Exchange’s head-spinning and exquisite Dublin by Lamplight; the world premiere of Branar’s How to Catch a Star; Decadent’s production of Abbie Spallen’s Pumpgirl; An Taibhdhearc’s Dún na mBan Trí Thine by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, while the Abbey Theatre’s production of Two Pints attests to the comic genius of Roddy Doyle and is performed in a number of pubs in Galway city, county and the Aran Islands.
International theatre and dance highlights include two of the great British theatre companies – The Old Vic Theatre and Kneehigh. The Old Vic Theatre presents Cover My Tracks by David Grieg and former Noah and the Whale front man and songwriter Charlie Fink, while award-winning director and artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe in London, the sensational Emma Rice, with writers Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy reinvent Tristan & Yseult. Hijinx in association with Blind Summit present Meet Fred performed by a company of ID and non-ID actors.