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IS IT A CONCERT? IS ITA PLAY? well, A BIT OF BOTH, ACTUALLY

Dublin-based alternative pop ensemble Maud in Cahoots present their first theatre piece next month. It's a little bit trippy.

A "live concept album". That's how the Ni Riordain sisters describe The Well Rested Terrorist, a concert/play inspired by the works of renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks that "explores the line between fear and action, desire and fulfilment, fame and infamy". Sounds interesting.

"It's a bit trippy," says Maud Ni Riordain, singer, violinist and first-time actress.

"It's certainly an experiment. It's something new and I think that's what Kris Nelson took to and thought it was something that was in the spirit of the Fringe. It's a different form of theatre and it's a different take on a gig."

Indeed, it's all about how music affects people in extreme ways, with actor Rory Fleck Byrne and Maud herself portraying the all-important "case studies".

Musicians Stephen Markham and George Mercer bring the noise and cellist Zoe Ni Riordain is on directing duty.

"I'm reluctant to call it a musical because I guess the connotations of 'musical' suggest a happy kind of opera," says Maud. "It's a narrative based around these eight or nine songs that we'd written.

"We've always been excited by and interested in dramatising our live show, and this is just an opportunity for us to do exactly that and take it to another level."

The Well Rested Terrorist is on the Peacock Stage from September 9 to 13. Maud in Cahoots play a separate concert at Smock Alley Theatre on September 19.


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