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Old Flames – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Shane Burke Director: Andrew Deering Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Written by Shane Burke and presented by Run Amok Theatre, the new black comedy, Old Flames, comes to The New Theatre. Sisters, Sorcha and Abbey, are selling their house, but it is in need of a facelift. Sorcha hires Abbey’s ex boyfriend Eddie to paint the place and his presence exacerbates ...

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Crude Mechanicals – Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

Writers: Karl Quinn &Clare Barrett Director: Karl Quinn Reviewer: Ciara Murphy amid the clink of knives and forks, upstairs in Bewley’s Café Theatre, lies a simple set containing five mismatched chairs. These chairs are empty, lying in wait for the characters of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. However the actors never appear onstage, and what began as a promise for ...

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Ablutions – Brewery Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Patrick deWitte Adaptor: Matthew Whittle Director: Bertrand Lesca Reviewer: Madelaine Bowman Adapted from Patrick deWitt’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name, Ablutions paints a darkly comic portrait of a hapless bartender’s struggle to break free from the tedium and debauchery of life behind the bar. Set in a Hollywood dive-bar populated by eccentrics, drug addicts and losers, the ...

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CD REVIEW: Violet – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Music: Jeanine Tesori Book &Lyrics: Brian Crawley Reviewer: Holly Spanner PS Classics’ Violet is a two disc recording of the Broadway cast, featuring Sutton Foster in the lead rôle as Violet, Colin Donnell as Monty and Joshua Henry as Flick. Violet is set in 1960’s America, where image is everything and you have to fit into a certain mold to ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Dublin Castle, Dublin

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Cathal Quinn Reviewer: Westley Barnes Mouth On Fire’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Dublin Castle is a rib-tickling feast of Shakespeare with a buoyant twist of throwback ‘70’s music and fashion. Taking its scene in the sumptuous garden setting affixed to the medieval pomp of Dublin Castle, this adaptation of the Bard’s fruitiest comedy ...

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Bears in Space – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Eoghan Quinn Director: Dan Colley Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Telling the story of two cosmonaut bears who have been travelling through space for many centuries, Bears in Space entertains its audience with its childish humour and easy-going delivery. On a quest to find a ‘story-teller’ who can lead them to the cure for a deadly space disease, the two bears ...

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Pondling – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Genevieve Hulme-Beaman Director: Collapsing Horse Theatre Company Reviewer: Ciara Murphy The critically acclaimed Pondling returns to Dublin in a new staging by Collapsing Horse Theatre Company. amid the familiar black-box theatre space of the Project Arts Centre’s ‘Stage Upstairs, the audience is introduced to a manic and intense young lady who is keen to share her story. Madeline has ...

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Human Child – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer and Director: Dan Colley Reviewer: Monica Insinga Collapsing Horse Theatre Company – in collaboration with Ramblin Man and Gúna Nua – is back with a triple bill at the Project Arts Centre, starting with their acclaimed 2013 show Human Child, which takes its cue from W.B. Yeats’s poem The Stolen Child, adapting the changeling myth to create a show ...

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