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The Hound of Ulster
This talented local company — Jessy Ardern, Michelle Arentsen, Dan Augusta and Ariel Levine — wheels wildly between irreverent humour and reverence for the source material of Irish myths in this draining, exhilarating 75-minute dramedy that tells of legendary warrior Cuchulainn, known as the Hound of Ulster for his transformation into a wild dog on the battlefield.
When heads roll, literally, we laugh at the red-yarn strings of “blood” dripping from mannequin necks, but we’re also appalled by the savagery on display… and more than a little enthralled.
The Hound is a visceral experience – the stage ends up smeared with blood both fake and real (Ardern suffered a nasty gash to the forehead in one of the alarmingly authentic fight scenes), sweat and mucous (both real).
It’s not perfect — some moments of levity are misplaced, there are too many flubbed lines and Levine’s shift into the Hound takes too long — but there’s no disputing the emotional heft that offsets the goofy jokes.
— Jill Wilson
From the Fringe program:
They've conquered Rome, travelled Norse, and made a mess o' potamia. Now Fringe favourites The Struts and Frets Players are back - and they're getting their Irish up. Legendary Celtic warrior Cuchulainn has the love of a good woman and a steady military job. He also has the tendency to transform into a monstrous alter-ego, earning him fame, glory, and a mounting body count…
Director: Carolyn Gray
Cast: Jessy Ardern, Michelle Arentsen, Dan Augusta, Ariel Levine
5 Stars "Irreverently relevant… fresh, hilarious, and wildly exciting." - Winnipeg Free Press, 2012
Harry Rintoul Award winners 2011
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 75 mins.
Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Seniors, People painted blue
Under 14 not admitted.
Updated on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM CDT:
Updated on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM CDT: