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Laughter in Our Bones - A Cultural Comedy Buffet

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    Posted: 23 May 2016 at 12:57pm

Guided by the current spirit of interdisciplinary in both critical and creative discovery at Trinity College Dublin, and seeking a timely promotion of intercultural tolerance and communal understanding, Smashing Times Theatre Company and Dr Eric Weitz, Associate Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at TCD, will collaborate with theatre director Maggie Byrne on the creation and production of a performance event entitled, ‘Laughter in Our Bones: A Cultural Comedy Buffet’, to be presented in TCD’s Samuel Beckett Theatre.  This piece comprises a collection of ‘bite-size’ comedy performances delivered by practitioners from diverse cultural contexts, to explore and appreciate differences and commonalities within and between sociocultural constructions of humour. As such, the project intersects such areas as theatre, performance, comedy, culture and community.

Smashing Times Theatre Company are seeking short comic scenes of five-to-seven minutes duration to be included in this unique performance taking place at Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin on 30 June, and on the 1and 2July 2016 (nightly at 7.30pm) to coincide with the TCD hosting of the 2016 meeting of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) from 27 June to 1 July, 2016.

The buffet ‘bits’, drawn from the various cultures and sub-cultures comprising today’s Ireland will immerse spectators in a kind of social experiment in laughter and culture. Revealing comic practice as simultaneously universal and local, through performances of culturally embedded laughter the event should generate an experience that manifests our broad communal bond as laughing humans, while simultaneously fostering a curiosity and respect for the diversity of cultural and sub-cultural difference.

We would like each of the sketches or comic pieces to in some way represent a cultural response to the theme, Friendship, even though it doesn’t have to be what the bit is ‘about'. For example, the sketch can show us two characters somehow misunderstanding one another or arguing about money in a comic vein but which implies something culturally specific about the nature of their friendship.

We are looking for comic duologues (three-handers will be considered), ideally with a strong physical element (can be theatre, cabaret, etc.), that represent a recognizable comedic tradition from within your own culture or country. Your piece should embody something of the distinctive comic sensibility within which you grew up, wherever that may have been. Ideally the text comes from an existing sketch or a version of a classic comic bit in its original language. We are open to presentations from near and far, from all nationalities and cultures – from a classic Dublin city sketch to a Brazilian clown routine, possibly but not limited to entries from cultures in North America, the United Kingdom, Quebecois Canada, Catalan and other European and world-wide entries, as well as pieces from ethnic minority communities including the Traveller community and Irish sub-cultural pieces such as Northern Ireland, Belfast, Cork or Gaeltacht communities. Ideally the piece is performed in its/your original language, even if it is not English and all scenes are performed by participants indigenous to that particular culture or country.

If you wish to take part please forward an ‘Expression of Interest’ no later than Friday 3 June at 5pm, to Freda Manweiler at with the following information


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3.      Short paragraph telling us a little about yourself (no loner than 20 lines)

4.      Either the script or a synopsis of your scene (synopsis no longer than 40 lines)

While we will endeavor to audition all those interested in taking part, this may not be possible. If your scene is selected for audition, you will receive an email no later than Monday 6 June at 5pm, stating your audition time. Auditions take place on Wednesday 8 June, 2 to 5pm, at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin.

Those taking part will be required to attend rehearsals during the week beginning Monday 27 June, for get-in and performances on Thursday 30, Friday 1, Saturday 2 July 2016. Additional rehearsalsfor the week beginning 20 June will be arranged in consultation with the director.

This is a voluntary, non-fee paying gig. For those taking part you will have the opportunity to work on an exciting new project at the Samuel Beckett Theatre and with a professional theatre director.

If you would like further information please contact:

Maggie Byrne, Director

Tel: 087 2880104


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