Pan Pan Newsletter February 2016



Pan Pan Theatre make their debut at the Abbey Theatre with their internationally acclaimed version of All That Fall, presenting Samuel Beckett’s first radio play as a communal auditory event

This is a unique chance for audiences to physically take their seat on the Abbey stage for an unforgettable theatrical experience. Seated in wooden rocking chairs on the Abbey Stage and surrounded by Aedín Cosgrove’s innovative lighting and production design, the audience listen to this 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.
Pan Pan’s version of this seminal piece of radio theatre was completely re-recorded in 2011, featuring sound design by Jimmy Eadie and the voices of ten actors, Andrew Bennett, Phelim Drew, John Kavanagh, Nell Klemenčič, Áine Ní Mhuirí, Robbie O’Connor, Joey O’Sullivan, David Pearse, Daniel Reardon and Judith Roddy.

Pan Pan artistic directors Aedín Cosgrove and Gavin Quinn make a welcome return to the Abbey with this production, after A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Abbey stage in 2015.

“After touring All That Fall around the world we are excited to be bringing the production back to Dublin, placing the audience at the centre of the action on our national theatre’s main stage.”

Winner of Best Lighting and Sound Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2011 & Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival 2013.

REVIEWS

‘Gavin Quinn’s radical production goes further in honoring 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…. There are no live actors, only voices (and sound and lighting effects), but it always feels bleatingly alive.’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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Photo by Ros Kavanagh


Pan Pan is delighted to be bringing The Seagull and Other Birds to Abrons Arts Centre, New York, and San Francisco International Arts Festival as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme I Am Ireland, supported by Culture Ireland.

Pan Pan’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull was a huge success during its premiere at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2014 and has already toured in Germany and The Netherlands. The Chinese version (Chengdu and Beijing in July/August 2014) won the Outstanding Theatre Production and the Outstanding Ensemble Awards at the 9th Chinese National Theatre Cultural Awards.

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.

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme

Photo by Ros Kavanagh


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 DC 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.

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

Photo by Ros Kavanagh

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