Thursday 24 August 2017

Lords strut their stuff at Kids' Fringe Festival

Cadhla McAnally with Lords of Strut Cian Kinsella and Cormac Mohally, who will perform at this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Cadhla McAnally with Lords of Strut Cian Kinsella and Cormac Mohally, who will perform at this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Lycra-clad, 1980s-loving duo the Lords of Strut will headline Ireland's first ever Kids' Fringe Festival.

The Young Radicals is part of the Dublin Fringe Festival which runs throughout the capital from September 9-24. 'Britain's Got Talent' semi-finalists and brothers Famous Seamus and Seantastic will be joined in the line-up by seven-year-old dramaturg Cadhla McAnally.

Cadhla comes from an Irish acting dynasty; her grandfather is RTÉ's Aonghus McAnally, and her great-grandparents were Bafta winner Ray McAnally and Ronnie Masterson.

And she enlisted her father, actor Aonghus Óg, to help her write her epic adventure podcast 'Cobra's Quest'.

"It's like 'Star Wars' meets 'Harry Potter'," Aonghus said. "We wrote it together and we wanted to have a girl as the lead in it. That was really important."

The podcast will run for the duration of the Fringe. For those who want to be the star of the show, kids have the chance to showcase their comedy chops at 'Monster LOLs - Stand-Up for Kids'.

Dancers from John Scott Dance, Kevin Coquelard, Sebastiao Kamalandua, Ryan O’Neill and Mufutau Yusuf at the launch. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Dancers from John Scott Dance, Kevin Coquelard, Sebastiao Kamalandua, Ryan O’Neill and Mufutau Yusuf at the launch. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Aside from the children's strand, the 23rd Fringe will be "unflinching". Theatre practitioners Grace Dyas and Emma Fraser will examine the issue of body autonomy by creating a waiting room that holds an archive of testimonies from women who have travelled to access abortion services in 'Not at Home'.

Irish Independent

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