By Brian Singleton
This booklet units out concepts of research of the award-winning tetralogy of performances (2010-14) by way of ANU Productions referred to as ‘The Monto Cycle’. Set inside of 1 / 4 sq. mile of Dublin’s north internal urban, colloquially often called The Monto, those performances featured social matters that experience blighted the realm over the last a hundred years, together with prostitution, trafficking, asylum-seeking, heroin habit, and the scandal of the Magdalene laundries. whereas putting the 4 productions of their social, historic, cultural and monetary contexts, the booklet examines those performances that operated on the intersection of functionality, install, visible paintings, choreography, site-responsive and neighborhood arts. In doing so, it explores their matters with time, position, background, reminiscence, the town, ‘affect’, and the self as agent of action.
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Though the launderette was contemporary its location adjacent to the site of the former laundry, and its contemporary characters who were impacted by the former laundry, was also steeped in history and memory. The performances in both sites challenged spectators to encounter the historical site as site in quasi-aesthetic encounters while also in the contemporary launderette, spectators encountered the memories of the site by way of a context and a frame for the performative experience, and also, being in the present, the legacy of those memories and their near erasure.
Erin Hurley, Theatre & Feeling. Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, p. 17. (Hurley 2010) 10. Five star review by Peter Crawley (review from 2010 reprinted 2011 for revival. The Irish Times. 30 September 2011. ) (Crawley 2011) 11. See Josephine Machon, Immersive Theatres: Intimacy and Immediacy in Contemporary Performance. Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. (Machon 2013) 12. Gareth White, ‘On Immersive Theatre’. Theatre Research International, Vol. 37, Issue 3 (October 2012), pp.
He neither said nor did anything. She quickly closed the door. Then she asked me in a whisper to help her escape (Fig. 3). I did not hesitate to help her but I said I didn’t know how to get out. She gave me a pile of dirty laundry and said to follow her quickly but to look at and say nothing to no one. It was an exhilarating race back through the Asylum. I caught glimpses of some of the women I had encountered previously and saw glimpses of other spectators going on the same journey behind me. We arrived at the front door.
ANU Productions: The Monto Cycle by Brian Singleton