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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Papini – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Colm Gleeson Reviewer: Clara Mallon Felicity’s Papini comes to Smock Alley theatre as part of this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival. The piece marks the newly formed theatre collective’s debut within the festival and also their first show since the birth of the company. The claustrophobic atmosphere of Smock Alley’s Black Box theatre sets the tone for the contemporary examination ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Spliced – St. Michan’s Park, Dublin

Writer: Timmy Creed Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster Although Spliced largely focuses on Timmy Creed’s relationship with his local GAA club, and specifically hurling, the fact that it is set in a handball alley is arguably the most important element of this show. This allows Creed to constantly puck around a sliotar, animating his speech with direct, hard action. He is rarely ...

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The White Bike – The Space, London

Writer: Tamara von Werthern Director: Lily McLeish Reviewer: Richard Maguire The publicity for The White Bike claims that the show tells an ordinary story, a terrifyingly ordinary story. With an average of 17 cyclists being killed each year on London’s streets, and with 5 already being killed this year, these deaths have, indeed, become tragically ordinary. Tamara von Werthern’s play at The ...

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The Revlon Girl – The Park 90, London

Writer: Neil Anthony Docking Director: Maxine Evans Reviewer: Richard Maguire A play with laughs about the Aberfan disaster of 1966, when 150,000 tonnes of colliery waste collapsed on the Welsh village killing 144 people, including 116 children, may seem an insensitive enterprise, but fortunately, in writer Neil Anthony Docking’s hands, this play successfully navigates tricky waters. The Revlon Girl is a sympathetic ...

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Dido: Queen of Carthage – The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Aman an a woman talk over a table

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Kimberley Sykes Reviewer: John Kennedy  The she-wolf suckled twins, Romulus and Remus, sacrosanct symbols of Ancient Rome’s foundation, never got in the way of shrewd chancer and Roman poet, Virgil, in his bid to re-jig legend and myth in pursuit of a lucrative propaganda pitch. Plagiarising, ‘reimagining’ Homer’s Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid epic celebrates the perilous voyages ...

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Faithful Ruslan – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

comapny of men in grey uniforms

Writer and director: Helena Kaut-Howson Reviewer: Harriet Brace In a world in which narrowing freedom is a sad and biting reality, the staging of a play about the legacy of an autocratic regime is both timely and terrifying. Faithful Ruslan is based on real-life events in recent history – the period following Josef Stalin’s death in 1953 when the ‘gulag’ ...

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Trouble in Mind – The Print Room at the Coronet, London

Writer: Alice Childress Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Theatre is about unity; a group of performers and creatives coming together with an audience to tell stories. But this idea implies there is equality between these groups, which is still far from the case. Alice Childress’ 1955 play Trouble in Mind which transfers from the Theatre Royal in Bath to ...

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