Friday 23rd September, between 5 and 11pm.

As part of Culture night 2011 La Catedral Studios throws its doors open to the public and is part of a network of over 100 cultural venues for one night only!
This is a unique opportunity to meet and talk to the La Catedral Studios' artists from their workspaces and understand the process behind creating art work. Feel free to stroll around the studios, buy great artwork at competitive prices directly from the artists and be part of the Fringe Festival at the Back Loft!

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ABSOLUTE FRINGE at The Back Loft - September 2011

Seekers We bend over backwards. We stretch ourselves, aiming for a well-paid job and a comfortable life. We’re constantly reaching out, for family, for love and exhausting ourselves for a passionate embrace. How badly can we lose ourselves in the rush of trying to achieve it all? What happens to us when we get everything we want in life?
A multi-layered tale told through movement, gesture, dance and wrapped in music and rich visuals, this is a universal story that questions our search for happiness. Choreographed by Anna Gaciarz.
50% Male Experimental Theatre fuse story and dance to illustrate the underbelly of our society. We are delighted to welcome them to ABSOLUT Fringe for the first time this year. -FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

  • Company: 50% Male Experimental Theatre
  • Venue: The Back Loft
  • Date/Time: Mon 12 9:00 pm / Tue 13 9:00 pm / Thu 15 9:00 pm / Fri 16 9:00 pm / Sat 17 9:00 pm
  • Duration: 40 mins
  • Tickets: €10.00 - €13.00 (Available from )


Amy, I want to make you hard

We’re Katie and Sinéad. We’re friends, well, as friendly as two women can be. Growing up in the country, breaking out, going back, finding what makes a life; a woman’s life and the difference that difference makes.
We asked our mams, our sisters, our friends. We asked Amy. Mná na hÉireann: what have we come from and where are we going? Some say we have the world at our chipped nail-varnished fingers. Pity we don’t want it.
Originally programmed as part of Project Brand New 6: The lively fall. Developed/performed at Solstice as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.
Moving on from last year’s presentation of Trilogy, we are delighted to present a provocative documentary exploration of contemporary feminism in an Irish context. -FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Seeing and Dreaming

Two magically sensitive, visually delicious portraits of life over eighty, told with rhythm, shadows, movement, text and puppetry.
Dorothy, living alone in a Victorian house in Birmingham, has one eye, no teeth and a soft spot for Starsky and Hutch. Her story is told through the eyes of her eight-year-old granddaughter.
Michael, gnarled and bed-ridden, dreams of dancing and wild horses. His story focuses on the last year of his life, exploring his changing states of mind as he slips between dream, reality and memory.
How will you spend your last day? A soul-touching, life-changing hour. Come and be reminded of a special truth.
A previous showing of this piece was described to me by a friend as one of the most beautiful performances she’d seen in recent years. Vanessa Earl and Sarah Fuller make their Dublin debut with this piece. Don’t miss it. -FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

  • Company: Dog and String Theatre and Vanessa Earl
  • Venue: The Back Loft
  • Date/Time: Tue 20 8:30 pm / Wed 21 8:30 pm / Thu 22 8:30 pm / Fri 23 8:30 pm / Sat 24 8:30 pm
  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Tickets: €13.00 - €13.00 (Available from )


SoundSet Microfestival

SoundSet Microfestival

27th August
Back Loft Gallery

2/2.15pm: Gypsy Rebel Rabble
3pm: Silkbeard
3.45pm: Let’s Set Sail
4.30pm: The Pigeons
5pm: SoundSet String Quartet
5.30pm: Eilo loop-based stuff
5.45pm: Piaras Hoban piece with strings
6pm: Enda Bates hexaphonic guitar
6.30pm: Allison Sleator
7.15pm: Wicker Bones
8pm: Nick Roth – Water Music
8.30pm: Dying Seconds
9.30pm: Ana Gog


TheNestXtage - 21st August 6pm

TheNestXtage is a one night showcase of emergent contemporary art, incorporating durational performances, interactive/kinetic installations and live music.

The aim of the show is to provide a platform where performative / live art can be enjoyed in a context that is equal part gallery exhibition and entertainment event. The organisation of the show is anchored on four medium scale installations dispersed throughout the atmospheric event space of The Back Loft. With eight durational performances, overlapping throughout the evening, a constantly changing and evolving visual and aural experience is to be topped off by a number of experimental musical acts. The whole promises to be something well worth seeing. I promise.

Participating artists will include;

Louise Brady
Darren Caffrey
Aoife Casey ( )
Moya Clarken
Hugh Cooney ( )
Craig Cox
Terence Erraught ( http://www.terenceerraught​.com/ )
Stephanie Golden
Rory Grubb (​orygrubb )
Joan Healy (​hp/artists/j/joanhealy/ )
Mairead Hutchinson
Corrosive Joseph (​osivejoseph )
Marc O'Connor
Hugh O'Donnel
Hilary Williams

Curated by Seamus Bradley ( http://aroomforimprovement​.com/ )
Doors open Sunday 21st August 18.00
7 euro (5 euro concession)


The Acoustic Picnic - Riona Sally Hartman and guests

Friday, August 26th, 8pm.

Music by
Riona Sally Hartman
Peter Delaney

Poetry from
The Poetry Chicks
Stephen James Smith

8/10 euro

A one night only pop up festival of music and poetry. Bring along a picnic, or a few beers and enjoy the best thing to happen to Irish literature since the Beatnicks and goosepimple-inducing music, all in the beautiful setting of one of Dublin's hidden gems. An eclectic picnic of local Irish talent. Sponsored by
8 euro tickets available in advance from
10 euro on the door.

Spark Your Dance Imagination

“Spark your Dance Imagination” is a fundraising event for 50% Male Experimental Theatre to go towards the production of ‘Seekers’ – a new performance by the group that is programmed in ABSOLUT Fringe 2011.

50% Male Experimental Theatre are delighted to invite you to a fantastic evening filled with lots of fun and entertainment. You can take part in our specially designed dance classes which are sure to put you in a great mood for the night! There will also be live music performances and video projections throughout the evening. This is a BYOB event so bring a bottle and be assured that we are more than ready to get your weekend buzz started!

If you consider yourself lucky, be sure to take part in our raffle to be in a chance to win great prizes. What’s more you will be able to bid on a selection of fantastic auction items, including original artworks, photographs and an exclusive photo-session with a top fashion photographer!


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The event will take place on:
Saturday, 13 August 2011 in The Back Loft, 7/11 Saint Augustine Street Dublin 8 from 5.00-10pm.
Tickets (amazing low price) €2.