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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: The Friday Night Effect – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writters: Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan Reviewer: Sarah Hoover It is always a challenge to introduce alternate methods of storytelling to audiences more familiar with straightforward narrative. While The Friday Night Effect does so with a simple mechanism, it promises more agency in its audience interaction than it actually delivers. From the beginning, instructions to the audience are contradictory. “By ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady – Peacock, Dublin

Creators: Amanda Coogan, Lianne Quigley, Alvean Jones, Breda O’Grady, Valerie Moore, and Paula Clarke Director: Amanda Coogan Reviewer: Sarah Hoover Live art that both illuminates and challenges is based in intentionality. From the moment the audience walks into the Peacock box office for Amanda Coogan’s Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady, we are guided by kind hands into a ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: All Honey – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Ciara Elizabeth Smyth Director: Jeda de Bri Reviewer: Laura Marriott The Sad Strippers Theatre group were last seen at Smock Alley’s Scene and Heard Festival, where their production of Pacemaker was the funniest 30 minutes this reviewer has ever seen on stage. All Honey is a longer production at an hour long and is helping to close the Dublin ...

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Team Viking – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

man in viking helmet standing in river with torch

Writer: James Rowland Music: James Rowland Lyrics: James Rowland Director: Daniel Goldman Reviewer: Emily Hall James Rowland’s debut solo show from Fringe 2016 is now on tour after his successful run of his new show, 100 Different Words for Love, this summer. Team Viking is the heartrending story of his friend’s death and spectacular goodbye. After watching The Vikings at ...

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The Weir – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Adele Thomas Designer: Madeleine Girling Lighting: Lee Curran Composer/Sound: Richard Hammarton Reviewer: Ron Simpson There’s this Irishman goes into a pub. He can’t find the barman and the draught Guinness is off, so he opens a bottle and goes to put the money in the till, then the barman enters....and, as the evening goes on, two ...

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The Real Thing – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Claire Hayes Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing dazzled when it was first produced in 1982, both for the intelligence and precision of his writing and the performances of Felicity Kendal and Roger Rees in the leading roles. Thought to be one of his most autobiographical plays, its themes of marital infidelity and the pursuit of ...

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The Pitmen Painters – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer: Lee Hall Director: Gwenda Hughes Reviewer: Carol Lovatt An association between pitmen and painters does not automatically spring to mind, well, not painting as in artistic pursuit, as in creatively applying paint to canvas, but The Pitmen Painters currently in residence at the New Vic Theatre challenges the misconception as it tells the story of a group of pre-war ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Toilers – The Lir, Dublin

Writer: Susanne R. Day Adaption: Painted Bird Director: Fiona McGeown Reviewer: Sarah Hoover As with many performances of archival material, Toilers dips in and out of its originating impulses, the life and writing of Irish feminist actor, writer, activist and nurse Susanne R. Day. Acted with poise and energy by Julie Maguire, Leah Moore and Seána O’Hanlon, the play takes ...

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