Citysong

Citysong

Soho Theatre · 12 JUN - 06 JUL

The 2017 Verity Bargate Award Winning play

Lyn Gardner avatar
13 June 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“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.”

Overview

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+

Critic reviews

Citysong, despite being steeped in metaphor, has a realness to it

A Younger Theatre

The company are superb

The Upcoming

Poignant, lyrical and gorgeously written portrait of Dublin life

The Stage

They capture a moment and keep it hanging there, letting you bask in it all

Exeunt

The words dance, glimmer and gleam like a glitter ball

The Arts Desk

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.

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

For all its lyrical beauty, Citysong’s narrative is too loosely framed, its themes too broad and lightly touched on

Londonist

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 12 Jun - Sat 6 Jul, 2.30pm & 7.15pm
Runtime: 1 hr 30 mins

Venue

Soho Theatre
21 Dean St W1D 3NE London, UK · Get Directions
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