December’s Dublin Theatre Company: Pan Pan Theatre Company Lauren Boland looks at Pan Pan Theatre Company in this month's instalment of Dublin Theatre Companies.

Who They Are: Pan Pan Theatre was founded by co-artistic directors Aedín Cosgrove and Gavin Quinn in 1993. They have created over thirty performance pieces in the last 24 years, and have toured worldwide to destinations including the USA, China, and Australia. Speaking to TN2 Magazine, Pan Pan describes its aim as “to create original performances that are accessible and engaging for diverse audiences.”


Why We <3 Them: The company prioritises collaboration, experimentation, and originality in its creative artists. It strives to “challenge the conventions of theatre”. At the Edinburgh International Festival 2013, Pan Pan were awarded the Herald Angel Award for their production of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall. The New York Times described the performance, which used a blend of voices rather than actors on a stage, as a “radical production” which honoured “the spirit of Beckett’s wish, situating the play in the realm of pure imagination.”


What’s Up Next: Pan Pan is just back from bringing their award-winning production of The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane to the Wuzhen Festival in China. Next on the agenda is a tour of Ireland in April 2018 which will revive their 2016 production of The Importance of Nothing. The Irish Times described the play as “Oscar Wilde absorbed and radically repurposed.”


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