Coming up at the end of August is the Bounce!Arts Festival Weekender, the ADF’s annual arts festival that showcases outstanding work by professional writers, directors, actors, dancers and musicians, all of whom are disabled and deaf.
Look out for new theatre work showcasing phenomenally talented artists, starting with dynamic physical theatre performance from local company Blue Chevy (Thursday 28thAugust); intimate stories about disability and body image in ‘If These Spasms could Speak’ from Robert Softley (Friday, 29th August); ‘One of Us Will Die’ a bold stand-up show from Gareth Berliner and Kiruna Stamell (Saturday, 30th August); and a poignant and humorous encounter with Alzheimer’s in ‘Let Me Stay’ from Julie McNamara (Saturday 31st August).
There’ll be music from RoI singer-songwriter, Dylan Tighe (Friday 29th August) and local singer-songwriter Jim McClean (Sunday 31st August). Two family-friendly matinees, Cirque de Ghoules (Saturday 30th August) and ‘Pirate & Parrot’ (Sunday 31st August). Telling personal stories is a running theme throughout the festival and Tenx5 (Friday 31st August) will extend this by sharing themed true-life, ten minute stories from five ordinary people.
Also on offer are workshops in a range of areas - from Dirty Amp electronic sound, to a theatre masterclass, to a chance to learn circus skills and a short-form poetry session.
Bounce! is about resilience and bouncing back in hard times. Bounce! suits anyone with an open mind, an appreciation of artistic talent and a sense of humour. Expect new experiences and new stories with an edge of frisson.
We are delighted to host the third Bounce! disability and deaf arts festival at the Lyric Theatre – the first time it has been at this theatre. We can look forward to a packed programme of thought-provoking events, including drama, dance, comedy and music. The Lyric team have worked closely with Kids in Control for a number of years and it will be great to see their work and many other highlights in the Festival at the end of August. Jimmy Fay, Lyric Executive Producer Book tickets via Lyric Theatre website