Tuesday 28 February 2017

Fringe pulls strings to reach new heights

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Macnas giant 'Mistress of Invention' puppet
Macnas giant 'Mistress of Invention' puppet

TOWERING above Collins Barracks, the latest addition to Macnas strutted her stuff with a 20ft-high dragon in tow at the National Museum yesterday.

The giant 'Mistress of Invention' puppet made her debut at the dress rehearsal, ahead of tonight's spectacular opening of the Absolut Dublin Fringe 2011.

This year's festival, entitled 'It's a Brave New World, Be Part Of It', features theatre, dance and other performing arts, as well as music, comedy and magic events throughout the capital.

Among some of the unusual attractions is a live 'art installation' entitled 'No Man's Land', featuring performance artist Fergal McCarthy. He is going to live on a man-made 'tropical island' in the middle of the River Liffey.

Fergal will row out to his island, complete with palm trees and sand, at 11.45am today and live there -- weather permitting -- for the duration of the festival.

Organisers are anticipating that up to 500,000 people will take in the installation, while another 40,000 are expected to buy tickets for the performances.

The festival will run until September 25. Further information can be accessed at www.fringefest.com.

Irish Independent

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