And, Frank Mc Guinness would be glad to hear, it's rowdy.
Today's performances at ISDA are Rock Bottom Cafe (original) (TCD noon), Brian Friel's Lovers (UCD, 3 p.m.), Every Breath You Take (original), (Space @ Henry Place, 6 p.m.) Peter Schaffer's Equus, (SFX, 8.30 p.m.).
"But I'm really excited that there are three new colleges participating - it prevents it from being cliquey. It's the only way people will get experience." Many of the plays competing are tried and tested, as is generally the case at ISDA: we have Pinter, Albee, Shaffer (two productions of Equus), Friel, Bernard Farrell and John B.
Keane, but there are also four original works and some more ambitious and interesting choices, including Howie the Rookie, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Caryl Churchill's historical, feminist drama, Vinegar Tom.
In the snappy programme notes for UCC's Breathing Water the title is followed by "Cork-Dublin-Edinburgh": the play's slot in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is secured already.
This high-energy ensemble piece, written and directed by Raymond Scannell, delves into an adolescent hall of mirrors: dating rituals, football frenzy, Catholic schooldays, summers at Carson's Cove, the terrors and the yearnings, all filtered through language that moves easily from comedy to lyricism.
In 2016, he voiced Chief Bogo in Zootopia, Shere Khan in the live action/CGI adaptation of The Jungle Book, Fluke in Finding Dory, and played the role of Krall in Star Trek Beyond.
He made his directorial debut in 2018 with an adaptation of the 1992 novel Yardie by Victor Headley.
The other judges are the director of the Dublin Fringe Festival, Ali Curran; actor and director, Terry Byrne; company manager of Rough Magic, Loughlan Deegan; production manager of Loose Canon and reporter with RTE, Willie White; and lecturer in English and drama at UCD, Tony Roche.The four black-clad performers, Cathal Murray, Richard Loring, Aileen Lee and Maeve Kearney, switch character and mood adroitly on a bare stage lit by streaks of blue-green light.From the school of Cork surrealism, somewhere between Disco Pigs and Under the Goldie Fish, Scannell's play declares its influences while maintaining its individuality.Adrenaline, caffeine, alcohol, sleep deprivation and sensory overload begin to take their toll as 25 full-length productions - from Shakespeare (Hamlet) to Mark O'Rowe (Howie the Rookie) - presented by the drama societies of 15 universities and colleges are staged over six days.Each day this week, four shows are performed in Players Theatre, UCD Dramsoc, Theatre Space (formerly Project @ the Mint) and the SFX Centre, where there's also a late-night festival Fringe, with live music, comedy and theatre sketches.