FESTIVAL OF THE DEAD BROUGHT CAVAN TO LIFE THIS HALLOWEEN WEEKEND
The third annual Festival of the Dead, took place at Townhall Cavan from 26 – 29 October this year, bringing daring, dynamic and dizzying theatrical experiences to the streets of Cavan Town.
Featuring a 72-Hour Wake; a dynamic re-imagining of Frankenstein; kids’ and adults’ performances by the exhilarating Kíla; and an explosive street spectacle, Prometheus Bound, this festival promised to wake the living and the dead.
Frankenstein, is a radical re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic from award-winning playwright Philip Doherty (The Gonzo Theatre) and Townhall Cavan Musical Director Robbie Perry (Dead Can Dance).
This dynamic new production brought new possibilities for theatre and live art. A moving spectacle, both literally and figuratively,used Cavan Town as its stage, transforming familiar locations into a Gothic setting with a contemporary twist.
The cast guide the audience through the action as they form a mob to chase Frankenstein’s monster before being led into a surreal Hall of Frankensteins, a thematic playground exploring the meaning of Shelley’s creation. Reaching its crescendo in the 13th century abbey around which Cavan was built, this ‘theatrical theme park’ of Frankenstein is a powerful and moving spectacle that packs a surprising satirical punch.
The Aeschylus tragedy has been adapted into a post-apocalyptic operetta by Philip Doherty and Robbie Perry, took place on Town Hall Street, Cavan.
The great titan Prometheus stole fire from the Gods and gave it to human kind. As punishment, Zeus, the cruel God of Gods, chains our hero to the side of a cliff for all eternity. This classic Greek myth is brought spectacularly to life in this explosive steampunk spectacle where trucks, burns offs, drums and flames are as much part of the experience as the defiant poetry of a hero in chains.
Regarded as likely the greatest ever Irish live band, Kíla are a whirlwind of energy, rhythms and world music styles. They performed in Townhall Cavan’s main theatre space where they jolted audiences to life.
Kíla also performed a special interactive kids’ show . Frontman Ronan Ó Snodaigh, who is an accomplished street performer, lead the children along with the melody as they performed songs from the Oscar-nominated animation, ‘Song of the Sea’.
The 72-Hour Wake
In the best Irish tradition of turning a funeral into a right old knees-up, the Festival of the Dead is hosted a 72-Hour Wake, which saw all manner of musicians, poets, actors, dancers, artists, and storytellers engage in a Herculean, three-day, non-stop performance celebrating the thinning of the veil between the living and the dead, with performances on the hour.