Tasters have started to emerge from the Junction Festival camp, to whet the appetites of music, theatre and arts lovers across South Tipperary as the countdown begins to the 2013 Clonmel Junction Festival. Last week the exciting â€˜We Could be Heroesâ€™ event was announced which will see young, local musicians team up with some of Irelandâ€™s top artists - Tipperaryâ€™s Paul Walsh and Gemma Hayes fom Tipperary as well as Jerry Fish, with Gavin Glass at the helm. This week news of three award winning theatre shows emerged, indicating in these early days that a cracker of a festival is in store once again this year from July 5-14.
The innovative UK company 1927 bring â€˜The Animals and Children took to the Streetsâ€™ which was first presented in Edinburgh in 2009 as part of the British Council selection. The show was an immediate success and has been touring the world since then. Their performance schedule has included sell out runs in Sydney Opera House and National Theatre in London. The show was presented in Dublin Theatre Festival in 2010.
â€˜The Animals and Children took to the Streetsâ€™ is a show quite unlike anything seen in Clonmel before. The company of three actors perform the story of a mother and daughter who set out to improve the lot of the poor children living in the tenements against three giant screens on which there is a finely crafted animated film. The actors and animated characters seamlessly interact with each other giving the work both cinematic â€¨scale and theatrical intimacy. Driven on by their unique style of twisted storytelling, enhanced by live action and live music, 1927 have become one of the most talked about young companies in the UK of the â€¨last five years.
After the hugely successful performances of Pat Kinevaneâ€™s Silent in 2012, Junction Festival is delighted to announce the return of Fishamble the New Play Company and their star writer and performer Pat Kinevane with another thoroughly unforgettable solo show called â€˜Forgottenâ€™. For anyone who was lucky enough to see Silent last year, Forgotten promises another glimpse into Kinevaneâ€™s compassionate view of humanity and theatrical brilliance.
Having Just returned from from a highly successful tour of Australia and New Zealand earlier this year â€˜I Alice Iâ€™ is the third part of the theatrical trilogy which is certainly the strongest yet to have been seen at Junction Festival. HotForTheatre burst on the scene in Dublin in the late noughties and really made their mark with the production of â€˜I Alice Iâ€™ which has been presented in both the Dublin Theatre Festival and in the Peacock Theatre where it sold out for three weeks. â€˜I Alice Iâ€™ stars Amy Conroy and Clare Barrett (The Blond, The Brunette and the Red Hot Redhead) who play Alice and Alice, two exceptional, opinionated women. Itâ€™s a fresh, human and hilarious piece that explores the monumental journey of a most unlikely couple. This is an unflinching and acutely personal love story.
Tickets for these critically acclaimed shows are â‚¬18 each, with concession tickets at â‚¬15. For theatre lovers who want to see all three shows there is a limited â€¨number of Theatre Lovers Special tickets costing â‚¬45 for the â€¨three shows.
For ticket sales and more information on dates, venues and times see www.junctionfestival.com