ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE – 17 Scenarios for the Theatre

It’s distressing. It’s funny. It’s sick. It’s sexy. It’s deeply serious. It’s entertaining. It’s cryptic. It’s dark.

Attempts on Her Life is a rollercoaster of late 20th-century obsessions. From pornography and ethnic violence, to terrorism and unprotected sex, its strange array of nameless characters attempt to invent the perfect story to encapsulate our time. Since its premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in March 1997, Attempts on Her Life has been translated into more than 20 languages. 

The Gaiety School Of Acting Performance Theatre Company’s second production this year delves into the realms of post modern theatre, which the students have been studying this term.  Featuring a cast of 20 actors, these 17 scenarios for the theatre, which include two original songs, are performed in the Granary as a multi-media presentation.

Who is Anne? What is Anne? She’s a killer. A brand of car. A daughter. A mother. A performance artist who stages her own suicide. An ashtray. An ashtray?! Does she even exist??

Attempts on Her Life (Seventeen Scenarios for the Theatre), asks: How do we make sense of the world we live in? Earth is now a global village where everybody expresses their opinions. All the time. We’re all constantly bombarded with conflicting accounts about what’s going on around us. How do we know what’s real? What’s true? How do we know who we are?

Written by the award-winning British playwright Martin Crimp, Attempts on Her Life cleverly and wittily examines both issues of identity and twenty-first century obsessions – War, Consumerism, Pornography, Terror.

This (in)famous play has been entertaining and provoking, audiences around the globe since its première in 1997, and now this triumph of postmodern theatre is available for you, the consumer, to soak up in the Granary Theatre.

Admission Price: €15/10

‘Martin Crimp’s coolly European meditation in 17 scenes on a woman, called Anne – who may be a terrorist on the run, or an artist who has turned her suicide attempts into her art, or a traveller who has her photo taken by millionaires’ swimming pools and in slums, or a woman whose children have been slaughtered in civil war, or even a child herself – is not an easy text for any director.’ – Lyn Gardner – The Guardian