Thursday 25 May 2017

Abbey posters are star attraction in special exhibition

An Abbey Theatre posters that is on display at the Pearse Museum in Rathfarnham, Co Dublin, until June 6
An Abbey Theatre posters that is on display at the Pearse Museum in Rathfarnham, Co Dublin, until June 6
An Abbey Theatre posters that is on display at the Pearse Museum in Rathfarnham, Co Dublin, until June 6
An Abbey Theatre posters that is on display at the Pearse Museum in Rathfarnham, Co Dublin, until June 6

THE original posters for many plays that ran at the Abbey Theatre over two decades have gone on show in a special exhibition.

The exhibition, running at the Pearse Museum in Rathfarnham, south Dublin, largely showcases the work of two graphic artists, Kevin Scally and Brendan Foreman, who worked as inhouse designers in the national theatre during the 1970s and 1980s.

Posters did not play a major role in the early years of the Abbey, and were often little more than public notices giving limited details of the play, performance times and dates. However, by the 1970s there was a growing awareness of the importance of poster design.

In all, 30 original designs will be displayed at the exhibition. They form part of a permanent collection at the National Print Museum in Beggars Bush near the Aviva Stadium.

To mark the centenary of the first production of Patrick's Pearse's 'Passion Play' in April 1911, the Rathfarnham museum is also displaying a selection of memorabilia associated with that production.

The exhibition is free to the public and runs until June 6.

Irish Independent

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