Over the past week we’ve launched and started rehearsing for the final show in our residency, Smitten. It’ll mark the third part of our ‘In The Future When All’s Well’ season here in No. 76, following on from our last production John Kennedy’s Shifting.

We’ve previously performed Smitten in The Barn in 2008 but this is a rewritten version, with less characters, an updated story and a lot more dance. Lots of dance in fact. We’ve tagged it as ‘a play that wants to be a musical’ and it’s currently holding up the musical end of the bargain. Not there’s been a lot of singing yet. But I’m sure we’ll get there.

The play itself is a sort of romantic comedy set in present day Kilkenny with a heavy dose of magical realism. Which is where the musical aspect comes into it. What’s a better example of magical realism that people randomly breaking into well orchestrated bouts of song and dance?

Well, it’s our excuse and we’re sticking to it.

With our choreographer Gemma Grant, we’ve been experimenting with some really nice dance transitions. It’s definitely strange doing so much dancing in the wide open space of the Arts Office. But it definitely gives passers by and droppers in something to look at. Namely, a bunch of crazy looking people giving it socks.

Smitten plays in the Arts Office from June 26th – July 2nd. Online tickets are currently available on tickets.devioustheatre.com

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