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Dancing Dogs – Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway

Writer: Timothy O’Mahoney Director: Eoin O’hAnnrachain Reviewer: John Singleton ‘Isn’t it awful to have done something wrong and be waiting to be found out?’ This is Dereenathirigy, small town nowhere. Home to the Dancing Dogs.  ‘A place of halves. A nice half, and a not nice half'. A world of delinquent distractions: suspicion’s and slanders, gossip and goading, mysteries and ...

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Looking Deadly – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Director: Amy Conroy Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne Niamh McGrath and Keith Singleton play a plethora of characters in their small town send-up, Looking Deadly, and they do so with great skill, assurance and seamless segueing between the various personalities. The story of the rivalry between two funeral directing companies in Foystown, somewhere in rural Ireland, is slight enough but the telling ...

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What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside – An Taibhdhearc, Galway

Writers: Emma O’Grady and Paddy O’Grady Directors: Jonathan Gunning, Catherine Ireton, Andy Smith, and Catherine Lynch Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy   According to Emma O’Grady, people die twice. Once when you breathe your last breath, and again when someone says your name for the last time. In this touching and revealing performance, O’ Grady is ensuring that her grandfather’s name remains present for ...

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PREVIEW: The Shadow of Carmilla/Scáth an tSúmaire – O’ Donoghue Theatre, Galway

ThereisBear! Theatre is bringing its new bilingual theatre offering to the Galway Theatre Festival. Based on Sheridan Le Fanu’s gothic horror Carmilla, and directed by Conor Kennedy Burke, the company describes this work as “one of their most unusual pieces thus far”. In the isolation of a post-famine manor, the daughter of a landlord is bed-bound by an unexplainable illness. Her ...

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Monster? – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Emily Gillmor Murphy Director: Karl Shiels Reviewer: David Keane In a world that seems full of endless choices, Nell is suddenly faced with the reality that hers have become very limited. After a drunken night with friend-turned-fling Adam, a seemingly sweet but naïve garda, Nell finds herself pregnant. “Up the duff”. “A bun in the oven”. However she describes ...

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Blood on the Moon – O’ Donoghue Theatre, Galway

Writer: Pierre Brault Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Kicking off the first day of the annual Galway Theatre Festival is Blood on The Moon, a feast of physical theatre and historical intrigue. This production charts the journey of a man called James Patrick Whelan, a Galway-born Irish immigrant who is accused of murdering Thomas D’Arcy McGee, a former Irish rebel leader, ...

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RED – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: John Logan Director: Emma Jordan Reviewer: Colm G Doran ‘…Red’ It is the title that frames this co-production by Prime Cut Productions and The Lyric, uttered by a spluttering Ken played by Thomas Finnegan in answer to the indomitable artist Mark Rothko played by Patrick O’Kane.  Moments before, the scene opens on a pensive Rothko surveying the audience, he ...

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The Train – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Arthur Riordan Composer: Bill Whelan Director: Lynne Parker Reviewer: Saoirse Anton   “We’ll show the old farts who maintain their dominance Over our constituent parts The time is near, to kick against the pricks Sign up here, for gender politics.” Just minutes down the road from the Abbey Theatre, at Connolly Station on the 22nd May 1971, members of ...

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