ABSOLUT Fringe is Ireland’s largest multi-disciplinary arts festival. Now in its 18th year, the festival stages up to 525 events in over 40 venues, and around 150,000 people have at least one Fringe experience during the Festival. For 16 days the festival transforms Dublin into a ‘dream factory’, an exposé of great creative talent from around the globe. It is a platform for the best new, emerging Irish arts companies and a showcase for the best contemporary theatre and dance shows touring internationally. For artists, the Fringe facilitates an opportunity to innovate, to cross disciplines and boundaries and to find new ways and places to create work. The festival of theatre, dance, comedy and art will have a playground theme at its heart. Also of interest the theatre company Thisispopbaby follows their recent success at the Abbey of Alice in Funderland with a new show, Elevator, which previews at the Festival.

Laurence Mackin of The Irish Times, Pursued By a Bear blog, reveals a ‘must see’ selection from the Fringe Festival.