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Kiss of the Chicken King – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Composers: Oscar McLennan and Martin Tourish Writer: Oscar McLennan Reviewer: Westley Barnes Oscar McLennan’s Kiss of The Chicken King at the Project Arts Centre sets the audience up for a whimsical look at what being a cultural outsider in Margaret Thatcher’s Falklands-era government would be like with its empire-clutching aggressiveness and England-for-England’s sake rhetoric. An expressively lit stage (designed by ...

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The Assassination of Brian Boru – The New Theatre, Dublin

Director: Nora Kelly Lester Writer: Lauren-Shannon Jones Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Questioning the legitimacy of remembered history, The Assassination of Brian Boru places its audience’s focus on the importance of a good story, even if that means leaving the truth behind. Directed by Nora Kelly Lester and written by Lauren-Shannon Jones, the merging of the two authorial voices succeeds in representing ...

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LAMBO – Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

Director: Ronan Phelan Writer: Hugh Travers Reviewer: Ciara Murphy It’s always a risk when you impart comedy onto Ireland’s well known and much loved, and hated, household names but in LAMBO the familiarity works. Funny and baffling at the same time, Travers takes the audience on a witty reimagining of one man’s attempt at survival, both on and off the ...

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Translations – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Brian Friel Director: James Grieve Designer: Lucy Osborne Reviewer: Paul Couch It’s a brave and somewhat curious choice for English Touring Theatre. Translations, written by Brian Friel in 1980, is a story of patriotism, love, confusions and (possibly but who knows?) tragedy set in the town of Ballybeg, County Donegal, in 1833. The English Army are busy mapping and ...

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The Bridge Below the Town – The Civic Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Pat McCabe Director: Padraic McIntyre Reviewer: Monica Insinga Pat McCabe and Padraic McIntyre, the successful team that brought us The Dead School, comes back with a national tour of The Bridge Below the Town (that first toured in 2013) with a slightly different cast from the original, but still very strong. In collaboration with NASC Theatre Network, Livin’ Dred ...

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Desire – The New Theatre, Dublin

Director: Peter Reid. Writer: Desire adapted by Peter Reid from the short story ‘The Devil’ by Leo Tolstoy. adaptation: Peter Reid. Hollywood lore (and literary scholarship) tells us that there are, in fact, only seven basic storylines, and any play, film, or novel that we encounter will be some variation of one of these. Certainly AC Productions’ Desire, adapted and ...

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Opera Briefs – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Director: Conor Hanratty Composers: Giacomo Carissimi, Jonathan Dove and Kevin O’Connell Reviewer: Westley Barnes Opera tends often to be listed in the series of leisure activities that people venture to once on the basis that the mere experience of attending heighten their air of cultural seriousness- much like jury duty and funerals. But the Royal Academy of Music, in collaboration ...

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One Sandwich Short of a Genius – Smock Alley, Dublin

Director: Zoë Seaton Writer: Zoë Seaton &Shelley Atkinson Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster Leaving One Sandwich Short of a Genius, it was impossible to not feel a pang of regret, because there’s clearly a large amount of talent on show here. However, for every genuine belly laugh, there was a regrettably cheap gag that made the experience far too similar to a ...

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