July 2016

Pan Pan will be bringing our production of Newcastlewest to the Korjaamo Festival Helsinki, Finland in August 2016.

Looking at indeterminacy, randomness and the role of fate, Newcastlewest is a comedy by Dick Walsh, directed by Gavin Quinn. 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.

Newcastlewest premiered at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2015, and was shortlisted for the Stewart Parker Trust Awards. The Korjaamo Theatre’s Stage Festival offers a selection of interesting contemporary theatre pieces across cultural boundaries.

Dates: 17-18 August 2016
Venue: Korjaamo Theatre, Helsinki, Finland
Book tickets: http://www.korjaamo.fi/en/event/korjaamo-stage-pan-pan-theatre-newcastlewest
Supported by Culture Ireland.

We’ve just completed our US tour of The Seagull and Other Birds where we had a great run and got glowing responses from audience members and critics. We are now looking forward to bringing the show to Sweden for the Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival in August.

“This show also conveys the unquenchable energy that courses through the very attempt to make art, a vigor that bubbles to the surface at unexpected moments and in exhilarating ways. The manners with which the cast co-opts audience members into the proceedings should be embarrassing but instead feels jubilantly collegial.” Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“You’ll find that what Pan Pan has done is to dig deeply into Chekov’s play, retaining its broad outline and filtering it through an Irish sensibility reminiscent of James Joyce or Samuel Beckett at their most enigmatic.” Howard Miller, Talkin Broadway

“Whatever you may wind up thinking of the creators… you will definitely want to eat your next meal with them.’ Helen Shaw, TimeOut.com

“Every person in the cast is full of intense energy and director and co-founder Gavin Quinn channels that energy into a piece that bounces into every corner of the space to create a larger than life performance.” Victoria Teague, New York Theatre Review

The Seagull & Other Birds is a roller coaster reimagining of Anton Chekhov’s much-loved comic masterpiece. The performance centres around a concise new version of The Seagull integrated with a number of works specially commissioned by the company. Through the wormhole of the new work, Chekhov’s characters find themselves in extraordinarily different contexts: classic plays, TV shows, YouTube and impromptu situations. The result is playful and uncompromising – expect lots of talk about art, some action, and tons of love.

Dates: 22-23 August 2016
Venue: Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival
Booking: http://gdtf.se/en/program/panpan/?date=1608220600
Supported by Culture Ireland.

Photo by Robert Altman Photography

Pan Pan is bringing All That Fall to the George Town Festival in Malaysia for its Asian premiere.

All That Fall is a multi-layered composition of voices that can be experienced as a black comedy, a murder mystery, a cryptic literary riddle or a quasi-musical score, but that gains from being experienced in Pan Pan’s uniquely atmospheric, theatrically tuned listening chamber.

“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

Dates: 6-7 August 2016
Venue: George Town Festival
Booking: http://georgetownfestival.com/event/all-that-fall/
Supported by Culture Ireland.

Photographer: Ros Kavanagh

As part of Project 50, Project Arts Centre and Pan Pan present One Time Season: a season of contemporary theatre featuring works by Pan Pan and American/Belgian group Random Scream.
The Importance of Nothing: A theatrical project from Pan Pan exploring the work and legacy of Oscar Wilde.

About Random Scream
Davis Freeman is an American performing artist based in Brussels and has worked with Forced Entertainment, Meg Stuart and Superamas. With his company Random Scream he continues to explore the multiple sides of his artistic personality. From docu-performances and durational music, theater and dance pieces to lounge acts and installations.

He created the company Random Scream in 1999 to expose the eclectic elements of everyday culture with proposed lines of flight for dance, theatre, and visual arts. Originally created with the artist Lilia Mestre, Random Scream is now run by Davis Freeman and his ever evolving mix of collaborators. The projects aim to draw attention to what is already there by focusing on our personal interactions and how our choices directly affect each other and the community we live in.

Dates: November 2016
Venue: Project Arts Centre
Booking: http://projectartscentre.ie/event/one-time-season/

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