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One-of-a-Kind Dublin Theater Events
In store for the Dublin visitor: an autumn selection of unique theater events at a world-renown festival

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by Suzanne Barrett

Dublin venues will soon host some of the best National and European plays when a world-renowned festival launches. Visitors who are travelling to the city via Dublin car hire services can take the opportunity to attend the many theatrical performances scheduled over the course of the event. Running from September 24th to October 11th, the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival is one of the last remaining shows in Europe that is dedicated mainly to plays. In the past, the spectacular event has showcased many famous writers and helped launched the careers of newcomers to the arts scene.

As well as attracting artists from across the world, the festival boasts many Irish writers and is an ideal event for visitors wishing to be entertained by both home grown and international talent. Audiences have been captivated at previous events by the work of the acclaimed poet Seamus Heaney, writer Roddy Doyle and prolific dramatist Tom Murphy. The first festival was launched in 1957 by Brendan Smith and the event has gone from strength-to-strength over the years to become one of the most important cultural festivals in Ireland.

In addition to hosting classic plays, the event is packed with new material so visitors have the opportunity to watch traditional and contemporary theatre. This year sees the work of playwrights from many countries, such as India, Egypt and Belgium, being presented on stages throughout venues in Dublin. For example, Radio Muezzin gives the audience a glimpse into the life of four men who are responsible for calling the faithful to prayer in Mosques.

The documentary-style performance gives touching insights into the political ramifications of government-led changes that affect their roles. Another play sees Belgian teenagers take to the stage in an energetic performance entitled Once and For All, which addresses the issues and tribulations faced by adolescents in the modern age. Visitors will also be able to see an entertaining array of special features organised as part of the festival.

These include rare film adaptations of John Millington Synge's work and adaptations with an Irish influence that have not yet been completed. This free show allows audiences to get a taste of the finished productions and include Phedre, which is based on the tragedy of the same name and Rameau's operatic interpretation. The performances feature readings and rehearsals of the near-completed adaptations. As well as visitors being able to attend theatres to watch events, some shows have been scheduled to take place in unusual venues such as a Georgian house.

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