Wonderland Theatre‘s Sylvia’s Quest invites you to take to the streets and follow Sylvia on her thrilling quest through your city’s labyrinth. It is a play on headphones, and will debut wireless radio technology that has never been used in Irish theatre before, to create a promenade show in the streets, allowing the audience to follow actors and dancers through the streets of Temple Bar as it becomes a labyrinth of voices. The protagonist of the play is a Bulgarian cleaner called Sylvia who hears these voices, and who is able to freely interact with all of them, in her quest to time travel through 2300 years.
Sylvia Sylvana is a young Bulgarian archaeologist who works as a cleaner in your city, who must find her way home. Sylvia shares her multiple worlds with you, her new friend, as she guides you through her labyrinth of secret streets and time portals – inviting you to dance with her ghosts, to share her Irish memories, to taste black bread and yellow sweets, and to time travel back to Ancient Thrace tonight.
This innovative promenade show uses cutting edge radio technology, which empowers you to listen to the sounds, voices and worlds which only Sylvia can usually see and hear on headphones, as you follow her through the streets of her labyrinth. This exciting technology has never been used in Irish theatre before, and it is why Sylvia’s Quest premiered yesterday, 11 July, at the Dublin European City of Science Festival.
Wonderland are renowned for their popular site-specific shows, such as their ongoing audio walking tour of James Joyce’s Dubliners available daily at the James Joyce Centre, their hit dinner theatre productions of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy La Locandiera and The Picture of Dorian Gray, and period house productions of The Miser and The Hostage.
Tickets and showings:
Dublin European City of Science
Opens Wednesday 11 July – Friday 31 August
Questers meet near the entrance to The Grand Social, Liffey St, off the Ha’penny Bridge. [Google maps]
€10 previews 06, 07, 09 + 10 July.
Nightly at 7pm, also at 3pm Satudays & Sundays. No show Mondays.
Tickets €16/14 concession.
Sylvia’s Quest and Science
Sunday 15 July, The Culture Box, 12, East Essex St, Temple Bar.
Meet the makers and scientists behind Sylvia’s Quest for an after show chat about Sylvia’s
Quest its making, its psychology, its archaeology and its time travel.
Phibsborough Community Arts Festival, Dublin 7.
Saturday 01 – Tuesday 04 September at 6.30pm. No show Mon.
Meet the makers behind Sylvia’s Quest Tuesday 04 September 8.30 pm.
Newbridge 200 Festival
At 3pm 08 – 09 September, at 7pm 10 – 14 September.
Riverbank Arts Centre
Box Office: 045 448330
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
Friday 21 September–Sunday 23 September.
At 3pm Friday-Sunday. Also at 6pm Saturday and Sunday.
Box Office: 01 2724030