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Gordon Osràm’s Funeral, The Complex, Dublin

Writer: Dave Kinghan Reviewer: Liam Harrison The famous and controversial performance artist Gordon Osràm has died, and we are all invited to his funeral. Before the performance begins the audience are let loose to roam among the early exhibitions of Gordon Osràm’s eclectic artworks, accompanied by an old piece which repeatedly asks ‘Who are you?’. A pressing question, as we ...

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Aisling’s Seven – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Director: Cian Ó Ceallacháin Writer: Cian Ó Ceallacháin Reviewer: David Keane Fresh from this year’s Scene + Heard Festival, Aisling’s Seven has been developed over the last few months from a short work-in-progress to a fully fledged piece of theatre. Presented by “professional messers” Underdog Theatre Productions this is the story of the eponymous Aisling (Susan Barrett) and her boyfriend ...

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The Blue Boy – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Director: Gary Keegan &Feidlim Cannon Choreography: Eddie Kay Reviewer: Clara Mallon   There is a particular urgency attached to political theatre. Usually addressing issues of current events central to society, political theatre attempts to prompt social change through raising consciousness on the part of the spectator. This is certainly one of the primary motives behind Brokentalker’s The Blue Boy,which comes ...

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Maloney’s Dream / Brionglóid Maloney – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Director: Marc Mac Lochlainn Music: Michael Chang Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne Thaddeus Maloney’s dream is to open the most bee-yoo-tiful hotel in Ireland. He spent ten years collecting chairs from Istanbul, glassware from Vienna and cutlery from Germany, among many other special items. When we meet Maloney he is on his way home to Ireland, by rickety train and undulating boat, ...

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The 39 Steps – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer : Patrick Barlow Director: Lisa May Reviewer: Colm G Doran Bruiser Theatre Company and the Lyric Theatre present The 39 Steps, a comedic take on Hitchcock’s original spy thriller in what is likely to be one of the fastest paced evenings in the theatre you are ever likely to witness. The piece depicts the adventures of the dashing hero ...

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Opera Briefs – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Director: Conor Hanratty Conductor: David Adams Reviewer: David Keane A double-bill of Monteverdi and Handel comprises Opera Briefs, which is presented by The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), in collaboration with The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art. Focussing on love in opera and choosing lesser performed pieces, Monteverdi’s Tirsi e Clori is first, which offers a mini-showcase of ...

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Julius Caesar – Smock Alley, Dublin

Director: Robbie O’Raw Writer: William Shakespeare Reviewer: Liam Harrison “Death, a necessary end, will come when it will come” Robbie O’Raw and Tartarus have relocated the power struggles and deceptions of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar to gangland Dublin. Barry Kelleghan’s authoritative Caesar casts a domineering figure, looming over the set of a moody nightclub, while the scenes are punctuated by the ...

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McKenna’s Fort – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Arnold Thomas Fanning Director: Paul Kennedy Reviewer: Saoirse Anton Since the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, it seems that the country has been awash with images of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. On every Dublin street corner there are people selling scarves and flags with pictures of the signatories of the Proclamation, there are myriad documentaries ...

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