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Can’t Forget About You– Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Director: Conleth Hill Writer: David Ireland Reviewer: Kevin McCluskey There is a scene in David Ireland’s play in which Martha, a 49 year old Glaswegian widow, expresses surprise that the people of Belfast are “so normal” in light of the trauma of the Troubles. In bed next to her the 25 year old Stevie, who sparked Martha’s observations by mentioning ...

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Dirty Dancing – Mayflower, Southampton

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Sarah Tipple Reviewer: Gina Skillings In 1987 the film Dirty Dancing hit the big screens, and what started as a low-budget film with few well know stars became a global success, going on to be nominated for Academy, Golden Globe and Grammy awards. In 2004 this well-loved story was brought to the stage, first in Australia ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Michael Hootman Propeller Theatre’s production of Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a magnificent, fleet-footed evening of theatrical magic which charms, beguiles and amuses. The performances in this production not only make the text accessible but they bring the characters completely to life. It is a sensational show which leapfrogs from one ...

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Téip Dheireanach Krapp (Krapp’s Last Tape) – The New Theatre, Dublin.

Director: Cathal Quinn Writer: Samuel Beckett Translation: Gabriel Rosenstock Reviewer: Westley Barnes The theatrical work of Samuel Beckett has always brought with it as many difficulties for a cast and production company as it does opportunities. Arguably the Irish Nobel laureate with the least sway in public opinion, but whose work has probably the most profound influence on writers of ...

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A Taste of Honey – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Shelagh Delaney Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Laura Maley "Me, I'm a contemporary. I really do live in the same time as myself." Jo, teenage heroine of Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey first made this bold declaration on stage in 1958 but, on the strength of this new production, it’s just as easy to imagine meeting Jo today. Jo ...

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The Separation – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Richard Molloy Director: Simon Evans Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Set in Dublin in 1995 The Separation, written by Richard Molloy, is the story of a broken marriage, a broken home and a broken man. Stephen, played by David Murray, and Molly, played by Susan Stanley, stumble into Stephen’s apartment on a rainy summer evening. Having succumbed to temptation at the ...

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The Madman and The Nun – Smock Alley Boys School, Dublin

Writer: Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy) Directors: Karolina Szemerda and Serina Griffin Reviwer: Ciara Murphy Presented by Enigma TheatreThe Madman and The Nunchallenges the boundaries of reality and sanity by defying conventional theatrical and societal authorities. Sister Anna, played by Niamh Large, and talented, yet deranged, poet Alexander Walpburg, played by Shane Robinson, are resident in a mental institution. Walpburg who ...

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Click – The Viking Theatre at The Sheds, Clontarf, Dublin.

Writer: Michael Collier Director: Caroline Fitzgerald. Reviewer: Cormac O'Brien When Pauly and Jacko, two working-class Dublin men, wander into an overgrown field somewhere in Croatia, laden down with backpacks, fishing rods, and clad in waders and gaiters, the audience quickly realises that Michael Collier’s new play Click is going to be about manly men doing manly men things. That getting ...

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