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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Wishful Beginnings – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: VERK Produksjoner Theatre Company Reviewer: Laura Marriott Wishful Beginnings is an unusual performance piece to be included in the Dublin Theatre Festival; it coming across more as performance art than necessarily a piece of theatre. Created by Norwegian Theatre Company VERK Wishful Beginnings opens with an intentionally awkward conversation between a woman stood on one side of the audience ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Seagull – Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Director: Annie Ryan Writer: Anton Chekhov (revised by Annie Ryan and Michael West) Reviewer: Liam Harrison   Anton Chekhov's The Seagull explores the tension between established and experimental drama, the old and the new, embodying it in a conflict between parent and child. The first twist in Michael West and Annie Ryan’s new version is to change Konstantin to Constance ...

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The Nest – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Director: Ian Rickson Writer: Franz Xaver Kroetz, in a new translation by Conor McPherson Reviewer: Kevin McCluskey As the expectant parents Kurt (Laurence Kinlan) and Martha (Caoifhlionn Dunne) tot up the costs of having a baby, listing the numerous ‘must have’ but superfluous accoutrements that will have to be hauled around, there is an air of the sitcom couple about ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Death At Intervals – Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

Writer: José Saramago (translator Margaret Jull Costa) Adaptor: KellieHughes Director: KellieHughes Reviewer: David Keane In an unnamed land death no longer exists. People age and become ill but they do not die. Death, it seems, is conducting a little experiment. The effect of this is at first lauded as a miracle but the reality soon sets in. No hospital beds, ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Swan Lake/Loch na hEala – O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin

Choreographer: Michael Keegan Dolan Reviewer: Emma Flynn As an audience seats and settles themselves we are presented with a sparse stage, one that is dressed as if it hasn’t been home to a performance in a while. Not your typical plush aesthetic for Swan Lake. Producer and choreographer Michael Keegan Dolan informs us that during rehearsal one of the dancers ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Ireland Shed a Tear? – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Michael Collins Director: Anthony Fox Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy It's fair to say thatIreland Shed a Tear? asks its audience difficult questions regarding how the Irish state and the settled Irish community treat the Irish Traveller community. Created in response to the Carrickmines tragedy - which claimed the lives of ten members of the travelling community in October 2015 ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Guerrilla – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Conceived:El Conde de Torrefiel Reviewer: Sarah Hoover The challenge in describing Guerrilla by young Spanish troupe El Conde de Torrefiel is that words intellectualise its visceral, affective experience, which is exactly what Guerrilla, directed by Tanya Beyeler and Pablo Gisbert, uses them to do. Surtitles (by Pablo Gisbert) projected in clean white letters against the filmic set (by Blanca Añón) ...

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