September 2015

BRAVE NEW WORLD at Theater Bonn, Halle Beuel
Adapted for the stage from Aldous Huxley’s novel by Robert Koall

As part of  Save The World II Festival Pan Pan and Theater Bonn present a version of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, adapted for the stage by Robert Koall.

1932 saw the publication of one of the most important utopian novels of the 20th century: a perfidiously seductive vision of the future, the construction of a paradise in which happiness is administered like a drug. Sex and conspicuous consumption are rampant, and human reproduction is organized via industrial methods. At the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre people get cloned by the dozen through the Bokanovsky process and conditioned according to their class by emotional engineering. Envy, mourning and suffering have been abolished, and any remaining unforeseen emotional hick-ups are dealt with through soma – a drug sending the stressed person straight into nirvana. Everything seems under control. Everything is cared for. It’s the best of all possible worlds – until someone looks under the surface and discovers a bottomless pit of arrogance and nastiness. And, lo and behold, like every paradise this one only exists as long as everybody believes in it. There are three unconventional lost souls who cannot bear to live “happily” without freedom any longer – who simply cease to believe.

Directed by Gavin Quinn
Designed by Aedín Cosgrove
Performances until February 2016
Check out Brave New World’s video on Vimeo
Check out our Facebook album with dress rehearsal shots by Thilo Beu

“It’s nearly time for Newcastlewest to open at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 and tickets are sold out already! But be sure to check both the Festival website and Smock Alley for ticket releases over the coming week.”

‘He meets people all the time. That’s his job. But if you meet him and you get on with him, then the next time he has a job that you’d be good at, you’d be top of his list of people he’d give it to.’

Looking at indeterminacy, randomness and the role of fate, Newcastlewest is a new comedy by Dick Walsh.
Marya is a woman really struggling with today. She lives in a house with her father. He is getting old. She is getting old. He’s a pain in the hole. Her thighbone is decaying. She’s got no job, or even the prospect of a job. Then a local man done good comes to tell them about his position in Brussels.

Featuring the stellar cast of Des Nealon, Una McKevitt, Annabell Rickerby and Dick Walsh with sound design by Vincent Doherty.

Dates: 25 September – 4 October 2015
Venue: Smock Alley
Click here for Bookings

As part of the IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture Pan Pan is delighted to bring All That Fall to the Kennedy Center in Washington in May 2016.

Over the course of three weeks in the spring of 2016, the Kennedy Center presents IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture, a major festival highlighting Irish culture and its relationship to America. Curated by Alicia Adams, Vice President of International Programming and Dance, the festival includes dozens of performances from some of Ireland’s best contemporary musicians, dancers, theatre companies, and more.

IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture coincides with a larger global celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, which led to Ireland’s independence. As America’s national cultural centre, the Kennedy Center is also a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the most well-known Irish American President and the first sitting American President to visit Ireland.

Committed to developing new forms of theatrical expression, Pan Pan Theatre presents All That Fall as a communal storytelling event. Featuring outstanding vocal performances, the show is a winner of two Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Sound and Best Lighting Design.

“Gavin Quinn’s production and Jimmy Eadie’s sound design creates a remarkable aural tapestry that ranges from the actors impersonating doves to a final storm of wind and rain achieves Lear-like proportions.”
Michael Billington, The Guardian

“Gavin Quinn’s radical production goes further in honouring the spirit of Beckett’s wish, situating the play in the realm of pure imagination.”
Jason Zinoman, The New York Times

“Beckett wanted the play “to come out of the dark”, and Gavin Quinn’s intriguing installation-style production for Pan Pan Theatre delivers just that. As if to remind of the proximity of death, the audience is seated on cushions embroidered with skulls in individual rocking chairs. Glowing lightbulbs hang above us like pitiless stars. There are no live actors, only voices (and sound and lighting effects), but it always feels bleatingly alive.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Photographer: Ros Kavanagh

4th Pan Pan International Mentorship and Bursary

Great news! We are excited to announce that the Pan Pan International Mentorship will be taking place for the fourth time thanks to a grant from the Arts Council’s Theatre Artist Development Scheme.

Applications will open in November for theatre makers to take part in the mentorship programme, which also provides participants with a bursary so they can ‘buy time’ to work on early-stage ideas for performance.

Stay tuned – further information about what the mentorship will entail, the dates involved and how to apply will be announced soon.

Check out the video interviewing past participants of Pan Pan’s International Mentorship & Bursary Programme: Dick Walsh, Gina Moxley, Una McKevitt and Kate Heffernan.

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