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Green and Blue – Civic Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Laurence McKeown Director: Paula McFeteridge Reviewer: Marina Ní Dhubháin Security force members are notoriously private. Particularly so when the professional role involves long-term, sustained exposure to life-threatening events. Of those individuals who spent the period of The Troubles policing the international border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, very little is known. This makes the new production Green and Blue ...

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All Washed Up – The New Theatre, Dublin

Creators: Rosebuds Theatre Company Creative Director: Lorna Costello Reviewer: Laura Marriott ‘Home is not always where it is supposed to be’. All Washed Up has opened for its debut at Dublin’s The New Theatre. The staging has been fully utilised. A bed sits on one side, a table and chest of drawers opposite. At the back a book case and ...

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BABORÓ: The Shape of Things – Mick Lally Theatre, Galway

Creators: Allie Cohen &Marc Mac Lochlainn Composer: Miguel Barcelo Directors: Allie Cohen &Marc Mac Lochlainn Reviewer: Sarah O'Toole Branar Children’s Theatre, in partnership with Scottish-based Starcatchers, provide a beguiling experience for both early years audiences and their parents as part of this year’s Baboró children’s theatre festival. Greeted by our two performers, Saras Feijóo and Helen Gregg, in the foyer, the audience ...

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Butterflies and Bones – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Choreographer: Fearghus Ó Conchúir Reviewer: Saoirse Anton In recent months, Irish stages have been awash with productions exploring 1916 and where we stand on the events of that year 100 years later. There have been productions about the Easter Rising, productions about the creation of the state we live in now, and productions about Roger Casement. As one might imagine, ...

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Cirque Des Rêves: Bewleys Café Theatre@Powerscourt, Dublin

Writer: Katie McCann Director: Jeda De Bri Reviewer: Rachel Rafferty Set in the gothic-horror backdrop of Victorian London, this energetic and fun-filled performance centres on a covert travelling show and a young woman’s broken dreams. Poppy Parker, ‘an ordinary girl’ who is bored with her life and seeking adventure, is intrigued when a mysterious circus comes to town and sets ...

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BABORÓ: Voyage – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Writer: Kareen Pennefather Director: Kareen Pennefather Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne The carpenter’s son is a curious chap and his idle hands find all sorts of mischief to get up to with his father’s tools. However the hardworking carpenter is not impressed and banishes the boy to the far corner of his workshop. Left to his own devices the boy discovers a ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Last Siren – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Director: Ksenija Krnajski Reviewer: David Keane Being the only one of her kind left, the titular last siren wanders her beach, lamenting the past with only flotsam and debris as company. Her sister has departed and she has been driven demented by loneliness. The siren (Lauren Kinsella) has no one to listen to her and no one to listen to; ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: This is Not a Love Story – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Creator: Gunilla Heilborn Reviewer: David Keane A lightning flash and a thunder clap herald the arrival of two performers, Johan Thelander and Kristiina Viiala. The storm rages momentarily and then the story begins. Or rather stories. Exploring the creative process as well as the lived experience of the team, This is Not a Love Story delves into the possibilities that ...

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