A delicate and heartbreaking elegy for a lost and ruined theatre, 30 Cecil Street is an original piece of dance-theatre from UK-based dancer and theatre maker Dan Canham (DV8, Kneehigh, Punchdrunk). A performance of fragments of memories, of wild nights and long-disappeared communities, it evokes the life of a once-mighty building and asks what is left when a theatre closes its doors to the public?
30 Cecil Street began life as a short dance film, shot on the premises of the old Theatre Royal at 30 Cecil Street Limerick. Throughout its 150-year history, the building has played host to a wealth of cultural activities –political speakers, opera singers, hypnotists, actors, bingo callers have all graced its stage throughout the years but now it is closed. It is long closed in fact, having shut its doors to the public 15 years ago and been left to fade and rot from Limerick’s collective memory ever since.
At a time when cultural houses are under threat in the UK, the piece is a delicate evocation of a forgotten theatre whose loss went unnoticed but the effect of which has deeply impacted the city as a whole.
Created & performed by: Dan Canham
Made with support from Grants for the Arts through Arts Council England, Bristol Old Vic, Ferment, Escalator Performing Arts and Battersea Arts Centre.