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The Water Orchard – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Eoghan Quinn Director: Dan Colley and Eoghan Quinn Reviewer: Sarah Hoover Collapsing Horse embarks on an exploration of "comedy with sad bits" (Sonya Kelly) in The Water Orchard, bringing projection, puppetry, presentation and above all energy into the surreal story of a family struggling with change. Colley and Quinn have worked hard at their comedy, assisted by a dedicated ...

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GIAF: Dún na mBan Trí Thine/The Fairy Fort is on Fire – An Taibhdhearc, Galway

Scríbhneoir/Writer: Éilis Ní Dhuibhne Stiúrthóirí/Directors: Anne McCabe and Marianne Kennedy Léirmheastóir/Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Éilis Ní Dhuibhne’s play Dún na mBan Trí Thine/The Fairy Fort is on Fire is a great ambassador for Irish language theatre. Evidently popular with the festival audience, there has been some excitement surrounding this production during the festival. Well-deserved excitement it must be said. It’s ...

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GIAF: Crestfall – Mick Lally Theatre, Galway

Writer: Mark O’Rowe Director: Annabelle Comyn Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy When Druid’s 2017 theatre programme was announced earlier this year, the company’s Artistic Director Garry Hynes stated that “these are provocative plays and we are living in provocative times”. The programme garnered some controversy due to the fact that it was entirely devoid of women writers. Indeed, Mark O’Rowe’s Crestfall ...

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Hound’s Hotel – The Loft, Galway

Writer: Conor Duffy Directors: Conor Duffy and Angelene Milne Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne Head Above Water Theatre Company presents Hound’s Hotel with admirable enthusiasm in The Loft, as part of the Galway Fringe Festival 2017. The play embraces a number of genres: horror, farce and slapstick to name a few. A cast of eleven bring this action-filled over-the-top comedy to life ...

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GIAF: Tristan & Yseult – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Writers: Anna Maria Murphy & Carl Grose Adaption: Emma Rice Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult is spectacular in every sense of the word. Based on the Celtic legend of the same name, the Cornish company bring their own imaginative contribution to this tale. Kneehigh are returning to this work, having originally premiered it in ...

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GIAF: Pumpgirl – Nun’s Island, Galway

Writer: Abbie Spallen Director: Andrew Flynn Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy “In this town, you’re either a slut or a snob, there’s no in between.” Abbie Spallen’s gritty northern drama, Pumpgirl, draws a picture of the complex triangular relationship between its three characters: Pumpgirl, Hammy, and Sinead, as they endure their lives in a seemingly desolate rural town. The setting is ...

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REDPILL – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Liam Hallahan Director: Paul Doran Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster REDPILL is arguably as timely as a piece of contemporary theatre can be, seeking to explain, as it does, one of the most bizarre, dangerous, and popular, online communities. That community is, generally speaking, men who have been “redpilled”, ie have come to understand that the reason they are unsuccessful in relationships ...

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Forever – Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Dael Orlandersmith Director: Neel Keller Reviewer: Liam Harrison Dael Orlandersmith’s Forever is a semi-autobiographical monologue centred on two lives. It is a celebration of Orlandersmith’s own life in Paris, visiting the graves of kindred spirits – Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust – at Père Lachaise Cemetery. It is also a mourning for the life of her Mother, Beula, ...

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