Dublin Theatre Festival


Diamonds in the Soil

Devised and Designed by Patrick O'Reilly

Venue Olympia Theatre

Directed by Mikel Murfi
Lighting by David Murphy

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In Diamonds in the Soil, Macnas animates the life and work of one of the greatest artists of all time, Vincent Van Gogh. The world and work of Van Gogh - the people, the places, the experiences that shaped his unique vision - are brought to life on stage. His exaggerated brilliance comes to life before the audiences eyes.

This exciting new show from Macnas brings the striking visual imagination of artist Patrick O'Reilly and the exuberantly physical performance style of Mikel Murfi together for the first time with Macnas' well deserved reputation for electric, engrossing live drama which makes "the impossible real and accessible to everybody".

Founded in 1986 in Galway, Macnas are a community-based arts and theatre company. From Gulliver to the Galway Arts Festival, from St. Patrick's Day in Dublin to MTV in Paris and with U2 everywhere as part of Zooropa '93, Macnas has created fun on a grand scale. Their indoor productions include Táin and Buile Shuibhne / Sweeny, which won Best Production awards at the 1992 and 1994 Dublin Theatre Festivals, as well as Balor, Rhymes from the Ancient Marnier, and most recently, The Dead School, and have toured extensively in Ireland, Britain, France, South America and the USA.

Patrick O'Reilly is a sculpture living and working in Dublin. He has exhibited at the Galway Arts Festival, The Hugh Lane (Dublin), Gallerie Pitzner (Paris) and the International Arts Fair (Maastricht). He recently won a commission from Dublin Corporation for the O'Connell Street Arts Project.

Mikel Murfi is a founding member of Barabbas...the company and has devised and played in all their shows to date. He trained at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and has appeared extensively in theatre, film and television.

"The reason why the 40 theatrical artists who call themselves Macnas have toured the globe and won armload's of awards; they are fabulously good at what they do." The Seattle Times


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