Tromluí Phinocchio / Pinocchio — A Nightmare

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★ ★ ★ ★ Irish Times  ★ ★ ★ ★ Irish Theatre Magazine  ★ ★ ★ ★ The Journal

Winner Stewart Parker BBC NI Best Irish Language Play Award

Chuir Moonfish Tromluí Phinocchio ar stáiste mar chuid don bhFéile Fringe Bhaile Atha Cliath i 2012 agus chuaigh an dráma ar chamchúirt náistiúnta i 2013. Is scéal dorcha é Tromluí Phinocchio ina bhfeictear aigne shuaite an bhuachalla agus é ag imeacht tríd an domhan contúirteach seo ina bhfuil puipéid beo, ainmhithe a labhrann, síoga agus taibhsí. Is léiriúchán é seo atá lán le híomhánna agus samhlaíócht. Insíonn an dráma seo, trí mheán na Gaeilge agus an Bhéarla, sean scéal an bhunleagain Iodálaigh, le béim curtha ar an taobh dorcha den scéal a scríobh Collodi.

Who’d have thought so many people would give you grief for having a wooden head?  Pinocchio has an urge to do whatever he wants whenever he wants… but there’s that Cricket.  And his father.  And a big whale.  Think you know the Pinocchio story?  Think again.  Enter the dark side of this classic tale and take a roller-coaster ride through a magical and sinister world, peopled by live puppets, talking animals and ghosts.  Created with raw sets, shadow puppetry, and live foley sound effects.  A bilingual production accessible to all aged 11 and over.

Tromulí Phinoccio was performed in both Irish and English, opening it up to audiences with little or no Irish.  Our aim was to give people the opportunity to experience a piece of theatre in Irish, ensuring through movement, music, shadow-work and subtitling, that they could follow the story easily.

Reviews

It's been a superb 2012 for Moonfish so far with Tromluí Phinocchio wowing audiences and critics alike.  The play has won 4 star reviews from the Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine and The Journal has described Pinocchio as "creative, theatrical and engaging."

Irish Times review, 11 September 2012, by Caomhán Keane

★ ★ ★ ★

IT’S RARE for a show to hook you straight from the start. Rarer still does it keep you enamoured throughout. Moonfish Theatre’s dark, bilingual spin on the mythical marionette matches its cheeky, rough and ready aesthetic with nimble, heartfelt performances. It’s hard not to be continually beguiled ...

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Irish Theatre Magazine review, 8 September 2012, by Fíona Ní Chinnéide

★ ★ ★ ★

Teenage boys can be such blockheads. None more so than Pinocchio, of course, the original runaway ingrate whose rebellion against parental control leads him very far from the safety of home. Then again, Gepetto's parenting credentials are not quite established here: ordered by phone from a dubious tv sales outlet, we watch as two white-coated manufacturers drill, saw, hammer Pinocchio into being. It's good fun and really well done ...

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theJournal.ie review, 9 September 2012, by Bryan Hogan

★ ★ ★ ★

There’s lessons to be learned in this modern fable: be grateful for what you’ve got and reach out and touch someone. This bi-lingual production posed no barriers and was cleverly scripted to reach a large demographic, indeed, the matinee audience were predominantly adults who laughed and “gasped” in all the right places. One for theatre lovers young and old ...

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WorldIrish.com review, 12 September 2012, by Darragh Doyle

Something wonderful happens on stages not overburdened with sets, where imagination needs to compensate for lack of special effects, where absolute suspension of disbelief is mandatory and where children and adults are treated the same. Telling the story of the wooden boy in two languages was never going to be easy but Moonfish Theatre kept me and the rest of the Smock Alley audience enraptured as they weaved their spell ...

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Entertainment.ie review, 10 September 2012, by Brendan O'Rourke

Tromluí Phinnocchio / Pinnocchio - A Nightmare may be dark, but it knows when to have giggle as well, which makes for an entertaining combination ...

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Meg.ie review, 16 September 2012, by Meadhbh McHugh

The beautiful bi-lingual telling uses shadow puppetry, excellent live sound effects, music and dance to transform the black box space of Smock Alley Studio into several different worlds ... 

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Le Cool review, 15 September 2012, by Darragh Doyle

Imaginative and creative, using ordinary props to tell an extraordinary tale, it's enchanting ...

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