Late night taxis, teen discos, home nurses, Jewish launderettes, vigilantes, babies, immigrants, seagulls. Citysong is a play, a poem and a chorus of voices showing three generations of a Dublin family on one day.
Intimate and sweeping, joyous and ridiculous, it’s the modern-day Dublin’s Under Milk Wood via Metamorphoses. (Not the book about the cockroach). It’s different things at different times, which makes sense seeing as it’s about change.
Citysong premieres at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin before transferring to Soho Theatre.
Verity Bargate Award 2017 winner Dylan Coburn Gray is an Irish writer based in Dublin. His work has won praise for its innovative use of language and playful approach to form, blurring the line between poetry and drama. Plays include Boys and Girls (Dublin Fringe 2013, winner of the Fishamble Best New Writing Award, nominated for the Stewart Parker Trust Award) and Blackcatfishmusketeer (Dublin Fringe 2016, Edinburgh Fringe 2017). He is a collaborating writer with Malaprop Theatre, winners of the 2015 Spirit of Fringe Award for Love+.
Age Recommendation: 14+
Citysong, despite being steeped in metaphor, has a realness to it
The company are superb
Poignant, lyrical and gorgeously written portrait of Dublin life
They capture a moment and keep it hanging there, letting you bask in it all
The words dance, glimmer and gleam like a glitter ball
Memories are woven through this show in a way that makes it a quilted social history of a changing Dublin. It is lyrical and dense, jam-packed with characters and honeyed with poetic language. The production sometimes struggles to animate the text theatrically but stick with it as the cast of six bring every character—however small—vividly alive.
For all its lyrical beauty, Citysong’s narrative is too loosely framed, its themes too broad and lightly touched on