Mar 24 2016
INTERNATIONAL HIT play, Swing, a beguiling comedy about dance, music and love hits the Town Hall Theatre on Friday April 1 at 8pm. Produced by Dublin’s Fishamble Theatre Co, it won the Bewley’s Little Gem Award at the 2013 Dublin Fringe Festival, and has been performed in New York, Paris, Edinburgh, and New Zealand, and is scheduled to go to Australia after its current Irish tour.
Swing was written/devised by actors Janet Moran and Steve Blount along with Fishamble dramaturg/writer Gavin Kostick and director Peter Daly. “Fishamble run this fantastic initiative called Show in a Bag, run with the Fringe Festival and Irish Theatre Institute,” Daly tells me. “It’s about enabling actors to tell a story they have always wanted to tell. Janet had this idea for a play where two people meet at a swing-dancing class because she had been taken out on a fantastic dance night with Steve Blount about 15 years ago. She always thought there was a show there somewhere and it had been on her mind.
"After talking to Gavin she went back to that idea and approached Stevie about applying for the Show in a Bag scheme and they did and were successful. They then got me on board as director and after that we all wrote it together, it was a very collaborative process. We’d do whatever was needed each today like ‘we need a scene where these two people meet, a dance class scene’, we’d do a lot of improv and devising and stuff like that and then gradually pull the show into shape.
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