Two years ago I wrote about Musical Nun Ruth antics, last year I was impressed with The Morbid and Sons undertakers street theatre. This summer SPRAOI presented a whole constellation of street performers who demonstrated many talents and successfully had the audience in stitches.
Niamh McGrath and Keith Singleton, the Oh Dears, gave me a tea bag so that I could enjoy a cuppa after all that hard work taking pictures. They were asked for an autograph and no wonder – many people are familiar with the duo and their comedy Looking Deadly.
Mr. Culbuto, a human tumble toy, was rolling around O’Connel street waiting for someone to play with him. Two nuns (real nuns!) happened to walk by and one of them agreed to hold his hand.
Naturally, Mr. Culbuto started falling face down.
The nun was terrified. The audience were amused.
Mr. Culbuto’s delivery man said it was OK 🙂
“Ireland’s most lovable idiots”, brothers Seamus and Sean, are always amazing. I watched this show in Clonmel last year, but didn’t mind to watch it again.
The Lords of Strut Cormac Mohally and Cian Kinsella launched their first gig in 2008. Since then they have traveled around the worlds and even become Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists. They charmed the judges with all that lycra, neon and sparkles, no doubt on that, but also with their dazzling acrobatics and contortion.
As always, Sean gets stuck in contortion ring, but with the help of Seamus he will eventually squeeze his body through.
Stellar acrobatic performance on the ladder.
“Happy reunion” with the long lost “daddy” Sean found in the audience. It is my favorite part of the show 🙂 As you can see, some spectators laugh to tears.
Between the shows, SPRAOI visitors are having a great time this weekend with all the nice weather.
The performers are moving to a different location. Most of them have 2-3 shows every day.
The Silent Brass Band from The Netherlands marching by.
True fans gathered around the Georges Court stage.
I see a familiar face. Morbid and Sons undertaker !
Yet I am told that it is a new comedy show directed by Nicholas Kavanagh – The Foolhardy Three. Lots of music, dance and slapstick, as expected from a good old vaudeville.
Gareth Jones & Matt Barnard are absolutely brilliant. The Variety Spectacular is a truly spectacular show, a comedy classic full of song, dance, and charm. I loved the use of volunteers – my favorite part of any act 🙂
And last but not least – Robotic Drum Show. Performer Ulrich Kahlert, Germany.
I will write about SPRAOI Grand Parade some other day.
Have a wonderful week!
Loved this post, it had me smiling with the great environment you showed with your photos. The nuns were such a highlight ~ fantastic series, how I would like to see this in person! Wishing you a great week ahead Inese ~
Thank you so much! Yes, the nuns were funny. I was glad that I happened to be around 🙂
Look like lot and lot of funs there. I would love to see the nun and Mr. Culbuto scene. That looks really funny.
Oh it was so funny 🙂 I was glad I didn’t miss it 🙂
Always raises the spirits to see people smiling and having good natured fun. Thanks for sharing.
Yes exactly. People need good natured fun. Thank you for your comment!
A regular Vegas show on the streets of Ireland! How fun.
Thank you 🙂 We always have someone busking here and there, but this is a big multinational event. Thirty performers, 200 acts during the weekend is a lot 🙂
Nice photos what a hoot it seems everyone had.:)
Thank you! Yes they sure did 🙂
It all looks like good fun. Cheers!
What a marvelous event. You are lucky to have
such fun right in your neighborhood!
Yes, very lucky. I even like the noise 🙂
I would, too!
This looks like great fun Inese, you captured the fun of it in your pictures 🙂
Thank you Andrea! That was a fun weekend 🙂
What a wonderful portfolio of photographs. To maintain that level of quality art just in one day is rather special.
Two days, Mike 🙂 Thankfully this was going on just around the corner from where I live.
One day, two days the result the finest collection, Inese.
Thank you so much 🙂
Wow. WOW. You seem to have such great things going on where you live my darling and you take such amazing pictures, I feel I am right there. xxxxxxxxx
I feel better just looking at the actors and the audience 🙂 People deserve to have fun 🙂 xxxxxxxx
They do, they do. It would be a sad life and word if we couldn’t xxxx
Happy, colorful, truly wonderful photos, Inese. Thank you for this Monday cheer. Hugs.
Thank you Teagan. All that fun was happening in my neighborhood 🙂 Many hugs.
You do the streets so well, Inese
Thank you Derrick. Most of the performances were on just around the corner from where I live.
Oh what fun you must have had, Inese! You know how much I love your landscape and animal photography but your captures of people are just as brilliant! All these performers have my biggest admiration – street art is so difficult but more rewarding I think when everything comes together and the viewers enjoy the spectacle. Thanks so much for sharing this lovely event with us! Xxxxxxxxxx
Looks like a lot of fun 🙂 And not pouring with rain, either!
Yes, the rain didn’t bother us much that weekend. Sprinkled on the parade a little bit though 🙂
What a lot of fun that looked like! I have never been to anything like that. Your images were terrific as usual also!
Thank you! All these comedians are so fun to watch 🙂 Especially when they partner with an unsuspected member of the audience 🙂
This performance of the human tumble toy made me laugh so much 😀 Excellent portrays! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! 🙂 Everyone was laughing 🙂
Yes, many great acts. This festival was a success. Thank you for stopping by!
Wonderful performers, thanks for sharing the event with great images ☼
Thank you! It was so fun to watch them.
Brilliant photographs. ‘Morbid & Sons’. What a great name.
Yes 🙂 I miss the show, but they have moved on which is understandable. They are young and full of new ideas. The morbid show wasn’t children friendly i guess: I recall a 15 years old looking lad who was crying rivers when his dad had been put in a coffin 🙂
I am off the the marionette festival in Charleville-Mezieres in late September. It’s major scary, I was there two years ago. I remembered loads of kids crying, which was a terrible shame. The parents maybe should have thought twice, yet it’s an amazing spectacle. I just wish I had your camera skills. http://www.france-voyage.com/events/world-puppet-theatre-festival-117.htm
Oh I can only imagine how amazing it is. And scary 🙂 I remember people with young children walking out during the 3D Christmas Carol movie. I was petrified myself. But this marionette festival sounds fantastic. Such a terrific photo opportunity!
I’m hoping so. Two years ago it impressed me beyond measure.
Allows like such fun. I love street theatre, and have huge admiration for the performers!
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