Less than four months after the electro-pop musical hit Alice in Funderland finished a six-week run and played to over 13,000 people at the Abbey Theatre, THISISPOPBABY continues to break the mould with one of this year’s Absolut Fringe highlights, Elevator – a glittering, provocative parable of excess and destruction.
Reuniting with director Wayne Jordan (Alice in Funderland), and producer Louise O’Reilly (THISISPOPBABY at Electric Picnic), the company and their collaborators have created a taut and fractured fairytale thriller about money, leisure and the breakdown of personal responsibility.
Responding to the writings of F Scott Fitzgerald, Evelyn Waugh and Bret Easton Ellis, Elevator picks up where Alan Hollinghurst’s more recent novel ‘The Line of Beauty’, and the films ‘Six Degrees of Separation’, ‘Cruel Intentions’ and ‘The Century of The Self’ leave off.
What happens in a world where everything is available, yet nothing ever satisfies? Just when is enough, enough?
With original compositions from Alma Kelliher that re-imagine the dance music of the Noughties as broken ballads of regret, despair and emptiness, Elevator’s soundtrack frames a weekend in the lives of a dazzling group of international bright young things. It’s a reunion and a celebration. But the one person who holds them all together vanishes as the festivities soar. A dreadful act and a sordid secret – the party has to end sometime.
Following on from last year’s sold-out Fringe success The Year of Magical Wanking and the Irish Theatre Best New Play Award Trade in last year’s Dublin Theatre Festival, Elevator sees THISISPOPBABY further flexing its creative muscles and experimenting with style and structure, mood and narrative form.
According to ABSOLUT Fringe Director Roise Goan: “The company made their debut at the festival in 2006 with Danny and Chantelle (Still Here), and throughout their trailblazing achievements to date – transforming tents at the Electric Picnic, storming through the Abbey Theatre from the basement to the roof and back again – they have regularly returned to where it all started to reinvent, renew and experiment. Elevator is a major highlight of this year's Fringe"
Elevator is based on an original idea by Jennifer Jennings, Phillip McMahon and Wayne Jordan and developed with the ensemble. Supported by the Arts Council, Absolut Fringe and the Abbey Theatre.
Project Arts Centre, Space Upstairs
Previews 6-7 Sept // 12eu // 8pm
9-18 Sept // 16eu (14 conc) // 8pm
20-22 Sept // 16eu (14 conc) // 9pm
Matinees on Sat 15 // 16eu (14 conc) // 3.30pm
and Sat 22 // 16eu (14 conc) // 2pm
No show on Wed 12, Sun 16, Wed 19 Sept
BOOK TICKETS HERE
Cairo, Bali, Copenhagen. The world is a playground in this music video of our lives.
A dazzling group of bright young yhings is reunited. But the one person who holds them together vanishes as the festivities soar. A dreadful act and a sordid secret – the party has to end some time.
And the mirror ball whispers: Disappear here.
Producing powerhouse THISISPOPBABY (Alice in Funderland, Trade, The Year of Magical Wanking) present this fractured parable of a world where everything is available, yet nothing ever satisfies.
Just when is enough, enough?
Elevator is supported by The Arts Council, Absolut Fringe and the Abbey Theatre. THISISPOPBABY is part of Project Catalyst, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.
Photo by Fiona Morgan. Graphics by Pony Ltd.