“It’s human to seek out what hurts us.” (Marcel Proust)
Based on the world’s longest book, Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust, Souvenir is a one-hour meditation on personal and social amnesia with text from Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, T.S. Eliot, William Shakespeare, Don DeLillo, Charlie Kaufman and Orson Welles.
Souvenir tells the story of a life through a freewheeling exploration of memory, jealousy and time. Music, magic tricks and goldfish crash against Shakespeare and Beyoncé in an attempt to compress the longest novel ever written into 55 minutes of theatre.
This is a rare chance to see the first work from OBIE award-winning Dead Centre, Brisbane Festival’s 2016 Artists in Residence.
Souvenir is part of a Festival Focus: Irish Rebellion.
Souvenir is part of the Festival Focus. Click here to take part in the Festival Conversation about Ireland.
Once in a generation, a theatre company emerges that shakes up all we’ve known. Ireland’s Dead Centre is that company - one of the most exciting new theatre ventures to emerge on the international scene in years.
With just three major works (Souvenir, LIPPY, Chekhov's First Play) completed, they are already being heralded as trail blazers.
Dead Centre was founded by Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd in Dublin in 2012. Their first project Souvenir was created for Dublin Fringe Festival 2012 with guest performance following in 2013 in London and New York. LIPPY premiered in 2013 in Dublin and has since travelled to New York, Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Young Vic in London, and Schaubühne in Berlin. The most recent production Chekhov’s First Play premiered in late 2015, and has already played in the Schaubühne and the UK.
Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd
Bairbre Ni Aodha
Ground Floor, The Works, QUT Creative Industries
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