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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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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: End Of. – The Gutter Bookshop, Dublin

Writer: Seanan McDonnell Director: Conor Hanratty Reviewer: Laura Marriott The Gutter Bookshop is nestled behind Smock Alley Theatre at the bottom of Cow’s Lane, an area of Dublin on the edge of Temple Bar, that is crammed with cake shops and boutique jewellery stores. It is the perfect place to set a play. One of the benefits of the Fringe ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Dummy – Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Peter Dunne Director: Sarah Finlay Reviewer: David Keane Growing up in the shadow cast by their father’s limelight wasn’t easy for Dolly and Teddy, especially when Daddy was a notoriously bad ventriloquist with emotional issues. This lack of stability resulted in their mother leaving and Teddy eventually having his own breakdown. Following in daddy’s footsteps, Dolly (Niamh McGrath) has ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: We Are A Tribe – The Chocolate Factory, Dublin

Creator: I Have a Tribe Reviewer: Sarah Hoover A classic theatre game, Music Machine, involves each part of a group repeating a specific noise (pop, hum, clap, crow, etc), and a leader directing the volume and rhythm of each section. Patrick O Laoghaire’s unique, sampled folk-pop sound as I Have a Tribe is opened up in We Are a Tribe ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Owen Wingrave – O’ Reilly Theatre, Dublin

Composer: Benjamin Britten Director: Tom Creed Conductor: Stephen Barlow Reviewer: Laura Marriott Owen Wingrave, which was composed during the height of the Vietnam War, questions whether pacifism is an act of strength or cowardice. By deciding to step away from a life of war and conflict he is also walking away from everything that his family have stood for; honour ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Polar Night – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Nadine Flynn and Aaron Stapleton Director: Aaron Stapleton Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Set in an undisclosed town in Northern Europe where the sun ceases to shine in winter, Polar Night explores the impact of darkness on one dysfunctional family. Rose (Myrn Devaney) hasn't seen her mother Helen (Noelle Brown) in ten years. Arriving on her doorstep in the depth of ...

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