In 2008 Tom and Hilary spent five weeks in Berlin, taking guided tours, mapping its monuments, getting under the skin of this city of angels and ruins. In 2010 we worked with writer Lynda Radley and presented the show for an acclaimed sell-out run at the Dublin Fringe Festival. The show has received a number of invitations to perform at festivals nationally and internationally, including Birmingham’s Fierce Festival in March 2012.
We are now looking to raise the remaining funding to bring the show to Cork Midsummer Festival in June 2012, to present the work in our home city, and to showcase to a number of international presenters.
Help us bring this spellbinding and heart-breaking show to a whole new city and a whole new audience.
Welcome to Berlin!
Walk through this famously divided city and journey into the depths of the human heart. Visit the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate and the notorious site of Hitler’s bunker. Hear stories of tragedy and lost love. Your experienced and charming guide will reveal the secrets of this city of angels and ruins, and may have a few stories of her own to tell along the way.
BERLIN LOVE TOUR is a guided tour of Berlin with another city standing in for Berlin – an outdoor theatre performance about monuments and memory, the contradictory impulses to remember and forget, how places are charged with the events that happened there, and how we carry around all the places we’ve been inside
"Gorgeous” FIVE STARS Irish Theatre Magazine
"distils complex ideas into moving motifs… Berlin and love are beautifully, even painfully evoked.” FOUR STARS Irish Times
"This beautiful two hour show made me use my head, use my heart and connected me to my surroundings and my fellow paying punters in a way I haven’t in theatre before" Totally Dublin
Written by Lynda Radley after an idea by Tom Creed and Hilary O'Shaughnessy. Performed by Hilary O'Shaughnessy. Directed by Tom Creed. Costume Design by Deirdre Dwyer
Nominated for Best Actress, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2010, Best Female Performance, Best Off-Site Show and Best New Play, Dublin Fringe Festival 2010.
Playgroup were formed in Cork in 2002, and have produced seven productions to date, in venues ranging from theatres large and small to back rooms of pubs and scheduled trains. Our work includes new Irish writing and collectively created work, in theatrical and off-site contexts.
Past productions include:
THE HEIGHTS, a show based on Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights with neon lights and eighties pop
THE ART OF SWIMMING, a solo performance by Lynda Radley about long distance swimming, celebrity, storytelling and time
THE TRAIN SHOW, a site-specific performance on a working commuter train, DARK WEEK, a large cast site-specific promenade performance at the Everyman Palace Theatre
SOAP! a live soap opera in 10 episodes with a new episode every day
BERLIN LOVE TOUR will be our fifth production at Cork Midsummer Festival, bringing the company back to where we all started ten years ago.