Saturday, October 9, 2010

Theatre: Diciembre

I like to stroll through Temple Bar. On a bright sunny morning it has a lovely calmness to it; on a Friday evening it's full of life and activity. So I happened to walk by Project Arts Centre, wandered in to see what might be on, and realised that there was exactly one ticket left for a play starting in under a minute. Decide now!

Thirty seconds later I was inside, knowing nothing about the play except its name. The actors started to speak... in Spanish. Oh dear, I thought. As the last person to enter I was seated right beside the exit - slipping out would be so easy...

I decided to try to understand the play just by watching and listening without understanding Spanish. As artsy and cool as that would of course have been, I soon spotted that the were English-language subtitles being displayed overhead. The extremely bright lightbulbs right beside the display made reading it quite unpleasant, so I alternated between reading and just watching.

Photo courtesy of Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival

I'm glad I stuck with it. This is a magnificent play, both funny and grimly powerful. And if you want to know what it's about... go see it.

Diciembre runs until 10th October.


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