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Famla – The MAC, Belfast

Writer: John McCann Director: Patrick J O’Reilly Reviewer: Colm G Doran ‘Any idea what this one’s about?’ ‘Haven’t a clue.’ ‘Famla…Famm-lah…Doesn’t give much away does it?!’ A couple queuing up to see Tinderbox’s latest piece show some confusion over what they are about to witness. As we enter the space and take in Ciaran Bagnall’s impressive towering structures of rotted ...

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Dave at Large – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Writer: Brian McAvera Director:  Joe Devlin Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Based on the life and times of ground breaking, and occasionally controversial, Irish comedian Dave Allen, Dave at Large is a cuttingly funny piece of theatre. Famously remembered for being banned from RTÉ for his ‘close to the bone’ jokes about the Catholic Church, Dave Allen’s life is dramatised for ...

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Anecdotal Evidence – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Grainne Curistan Director: Noel Cahill Reviewer: Laura Marriott   It’s funny from where you’re standing. Anecdotal Evidence premiered at Smock Alley Theatre’s Scene and Heard Festival 2017 in the theatre’s main space. It is without a doubt one of the most strange, interesting and powerful uses of theatre and satire that one is likely to see in the near ...

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Pacemaker – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Ciara Elizabeth Smyth Director: Ciara Elizabeth Smyth Reviewer: Laura Marriott For Pacemaker the day couldn’t get worse. But then it does. Two women are at work. They have never gotten on and soon things develop into a full-scale feud when they find themselves speaking to management. Charges range from ‘she smells of egg’ to ‘she ate my sandwiches’. Oh ...

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At Odds – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Clara Mallon Director: Colum Folan Reviewer: Laura Marriott   The audience first hear the two actors before they see them. They are singing in a soft, mournful manner as they enter from the left of the stage. The stage has been left empty except for two clipboards resting at the back. This keeps the attention on actors Lucy Cray ...

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HashtagRelationshipGoalz – Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Lorna Costello Director: Emma Jane Purcell Reviewer: Laura Marriott HashtagRelationshipGoalz begins with a young couple sat on chairs in the centre of the stage. The only props they use are the two chairs, a patterned blanket and a small table. He has his arm slung over her shoulders while playing on an ipad. She is obviously bored. So is ...

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Jericho – Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt Town Centre, Dublin

Devised by: Breffni Holohan and Dylan Coburn Gray Director: Claire O’Reilly Reviewer: Saoirse Anton Malaprop’s Jericho, performed by Maeve O’Mahony is described as “A fresh, entertaining and up-to-the-minute response to current world events.”The audience is brought into a discussion of the challenges of living in a digital, consumerist world,  through the eyes of a journalist working on a story about ...

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PREVIEW: Machinal – O’ Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, Galway

Writer: Sophie Treadwell Director: Ian R. Walsh Students at NUI Galway’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance will stage Sophie Treadwell’s little produced play, Machinal, this month at Galway’s newest arts venue. This classic American play is inspired by true events, and follows a young woman suffocated by a restrictive, unfeeling machine-like society. Haunting and provocative, Treadwell’s expressionistic play is ...

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