- Premiered in 2015 -

‘Fragments of a Mind’ is a 50 min contemporary solo creation featuring Irish Juggler Darragh McLoughlin. Created for the frontal stage and aimed at adult audiences (12+) the piece involves juggling and a strong dramaturgical framework. ‘Fragments of a Mind’ generates a dark atmosphere with a layer of absurd humour.

Deep into that darkness peering,
long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
— Edgar Allan Poe

This piece is about a man in a place that is both somewhere and nowhere at the same time. We do not know who he is, or how he came there. We just get to observe his journey of self-discovery and his search for purpose in this strange world he finds himself in.

A bare room – except for an old music box and some round inanimate objects. The lone character moves in endless circles. Time passes slowly. Our only reference point is a haunted voice singing the same song over and over.

Upon repeatedly confronting himself and his own sanity he falls deeper and deeper into darkness as he fights to find some sort of proof of his own existence.



Fragments of a Mind is supported by CircusNext, European scheme coordinated by Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe and supported by the European Commission, Circus Project Award, administered by the Arts Council of Ireland, Artist Bursary of Cork County Council, KreativKultur / KK AiR-Programme (AT), Maison des Jonglages et le Centre Culturel Jean Houdremont de La Courneuve (FR), Circus Space / Lab:Time (UK), Cirko – Center for New Circus (FI), Cirkus Cirkör / Cirkör LAB (Laboratory for Artistic Brilliance) (SE), Theater op de Markt-Dommelhof (BE), Espace Catastrophe – Centre International de Création des Arts du Cirque (BE), Circus Factory (IRL), SeaChange Arts / The Drill House (UK), Associazione Sarabanda / Circumnavigando Festival (IT), Espace Périphérique (Ville de Paris-Parc de la Villette) (FR), La Grainerie, fabrique des arts du cirque et de l’itinérance (FR) , La Cascade, maison des arts du clown et du cirque (FR), City of Paris, Centro Cultural Vila Flor (PRT).