ANU and The Ark present SCRAPEFOOT 2 July – 31 August 2019

So you think that you know the story of Goldilocks? Think again! A walk-through visual art experience for ages 6+ where YOU take the lead in your own immersive adventure

This summer, ANU and The Ark will come together for the first time, to present a walk-through visual art experience for audiences of just four people at a time. Especially created for audiences aged 6+, SCRAPEFOOT will be created by ANU Co-Artistic Director Owen Boss and Louise Lowe, with a creative team that will include Carl Kennedy, Ciaran Bagnall.

SCRAPEFOOT is another step in ANU’s creative journey which has garnered the team extraordinary critical acclaim. This time focusing on visual art, it will be the first time the company will create work especially for young audiences.

Director of The Ark Aideen Howard commented, “The Ark’s mission is making and sharing great art for children. To do this, we work with Ireland’s best artists to make innovative work of ambition. We are proud to announce this new collaboration with ANU whose daring and bold work for grown up audiences I have long admired. In SCRAPEFOOT children will now also have the opportunity to experience the distinctive immersive work of Anu in this exploration of the Goldilocks story. “

Owen Boss said, “It has been a fantastic opportunity to work on this challenging piece of work for ANU. We've wanted to make work for a young audience for some time so it has been great to finally get this opportunity. We hope our audience will be excited about being able to bring their children along after years of experiencing our work themselves.”

Goldilocks wasn’t always blonde. In fact, over time she has morphed from a fox called SCRAPEFOOT into an old hag, and finally into the Goldilocks we know today. What remains the same in each version of the story, is that they each entered a house in the woods (when nobody was home), to feast, sleep and shelter.

Now it’s your turn to explore this enchanting house but beware of the three figures who might come home earlier than planned! Have you always been a porridge fan? Is it really trespassing if the door was open? You will take the lead in your own immersive adventure, piecing together what really happened or what nearly happened or indeed what could have happened on that fateful day...

Date / Times:

Runs 10 July – 31 August, Tues – Sat, and Mon 5 Aug

Previews: 29 June & 2 – 7 July & 9 July (all tickets for previews €5)

The Adventure starts every 10 mins from 10.30am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 4.30pm.

Sessions for grown-ups every Thurs 6-7pm.

Duration: approx. 25 mins.

Tickets: €7.50/€6

Book now: ark.ie / 01 670 7788

Owen Boss is a visual artist based in Dublin. In 2009 he co-founded ANU Productions and as Co-Artistic Director his work includes: These Rooms, (Art:16 Arts Council commission), Sunder (Dublin Theatre Festival), On Corporation Street, (HOME Manchester commission). Sunder Development (National Museum of Ireland), Pals the Irish at Gallipoli (National Museum of Ireland), Beautiful Dreamers (Limerick City of Culture), Vardo (Dublin Theatre Festival 2014), Angel Meadow (Home Commission, Manchester), Vardo Corner Development (Dublin Theatre Festival 2013), THIRTEEN (Dublin Fringe Festival 2013), Living the Lockout The Dublin Tenement Experience (2013) Boys of Foley Street (Dublin Theatre Festival 2012), Laundry (Dublin Theatre Festival 2011), World’s End Lane (Re-Viewed – Dublin Theatre Festival 2011, Absolut Fringe 2010,), Fingal Ronan (Robert Wilson Watermill Center New York 2010) and Basin (Dublin Fringe Festival 2009). Owen holds a Masters of Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Ireland. Exhibitions include A Yellow Rose, (the Free Mason’s Grand Lodge 2012), Contemporary Art and the Moving Image (2011), Life with Edits, (the Joinery Dublin 2011), Testimonial Live, (Project Art Centre for Project Brand New 2010), Testimonial (2010), Potential of Vacancy (2010), Projector, Four Gallery (2009), Camera Obscura, Lighthouse Cinema (2009), Punctum, Project Art Centre for Project Brand New (2008), Tumbledowntown, Hotel Ballymun (2007).

ANU are a multidisciplinary company, cross-pollinating theatre, visual art and dance. Building a reputation for creating transformative experiences in unusual locations, they continue to challenge theatrical conventions by blurring the lines between immersive and site-specific practice. They place the audience at the very centre of the experience to create autonomous and meaningful exchanges with them. Their aesthetic represents the independent and the experimental, creating a new kind of multi-disciplinary model – a daring new hybrid art at the forefront of Ireland’s cultural landscape.

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