Tuesday 22 August 2017

The Lords of Strut to headline Ireland’s first ever Kid’s Fringe Festival

Lords of Strut on Britain's Got Talent
Lords of Strut on Britain's Got Talent
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Lycra clad, eighties loving duo the Lords of Strut will headline Ireland’s first ever Kid’s 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 Seantasic will be joined on the line up 7-year-old dramaturg Cadhla McAnally.

Cadhla comes from an Irish acting dynasty; her granddad is RTE’s Aonghus McAnally, her grandparents were BAFTA winner Ray McAnally and Ronnie Masterson.

And she enlisted her dad, actor Aonghus Óg to help her write her ‘epic adventure podcast’ called 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 o the show, kids have the chance to showcase their comedy chops at Monster LOLs – Stand-Up for Kids. 

Aside from the children’s strand, the 23rd Fringe will be “hard hitting and unflinching”.

Artistic Director Kris Nelson, who will leave the Fringe and move to London's Lift Festival, says the programme touches on issues of gender, reproductive rights and race.

“It’s going to be bigger than ever before,” he said.

“We have ten more venues. We have Foil, Arms and Hog on the Peacock stage with their show Oink, a tent city will be built across the road from the Olympia, and an aerial act will be staged in a disused warehouse.”

There will be more comedy from Alison Spittle whose one woman comedy show ‘Worrier Woman’ focuses on her daily anxieties such as her sister’s junior certificate results and Brexit.

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.

Dance piece Soldier Still by Junk Ensemble will look at the long term impact of PTSD on Irish military.

For more information see http://www.fringefest.com/

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