What's on at the Tron this autumn season
- Lorna Irvine
- 28 August 2018
Expect witchcraft, an adoring homage to Dolly Parton and an elegiac trilogy of works from storyteller Pat Kinevane
With the long gloomy nights of autumn fast approaching, it would be tempting to hunker down and hide indoors. But the Tron's new season hopes to entice even the most jaded into its cosy space, with a raft of bewitching plays which exist in shadowy places.
Pat Kinevane's characters are often marginalised, their stories untold. A superb storyteller, the Fishamble writer and performer presents a trilogy of his elegiac, powerful work. Forgotten (Thu 20 Sep) takes place in a care home, Silent (Fri 21 Sep) traces a homeless man's steps, and Underneath (Sat 22 Sep) focuses on a disfigured woman. Kinevane's graceful movement, choreography and gorgeous words are a heady combination.
Sh!t Theatre's genre splicing DollyWould (Thu 25–Sat 27 Oct) is a provocative exploration of two women's love of country goddess Dolly Parton, which is a hilarious mash-up of storytelling, song and live art looking at the legacy of the mighty singer-songwriter. It often goes to some pretty murky places along the way. Eccentric, rather beautiful, and often extremely surreal too.
Enda Walsh is one of Ireland's foremost playwrights, his recent successful collaboration with the late, great David Bowie on Lazarus garnering praise both critically and with audiences. Now Andy Arnold directs Ballyturk (Thu 4–Sat 20 Oct), a lyrical, contemplative script about impermanence and small town life. Something is lurking outside a village where two men long to escape in this emotion-packed production.
Janet Horne, Rona Munro's lead character in The Last Witch (Tue 30 Oct–Sat 3 Nov), has been accused of witchcraft in the Highland town of Dornoch. Based on a true story, Munro's revival of her 2009 play looks at the supernatural, creating her own storytelling alchemy, and asking wider questions about women's roles in society, now and then. Her poetic and eerie production will be perfect for cold, clear and starry nights.
For full autumn programme, see tron.co.uk