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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL – Mary, Mary, Mary – An Taibhdhearc, Galway

Directors: Kate Murray and Maria Tivnan Writer: Maria Tivnan Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne “Holy Mary mother of god; Mary, shut the gate; Mary, take the fag out of your mouth”, these are some of the refrains with which the three Marys begin and finish their one act play. The performance features chanting, singing and movement interspersed with commentary and interaction between ...

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The Olive Tree – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Katie O’Kelly Director: Davey Kelleher Reviewer: Laura Marriott “She’s speaking to me. The olive tree …” The Olive Tree is one of the more surprising and brilliant offerings from Dublin’s The New Theatre this year. A one woman show written and performed by Katie O’Kelly it begins, and ends, with an over worked shop assistant watching the clock tick ...

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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL: WAITING FOR ELVIS – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Writer: Eileen Gibbons Director: Petal Pilley Reviewer: Paige Louter Waiting for Elvis is a sweet and sad portrait of friendship between two very different women: Lisa Marie (Valerie Egan), who is reserved and sharp-tongued, and Elizabeth (Charlene Kelly), who speaks to everyone with bright hopefulness and cheerily shares marshmallows and gifts of novelty mugs. The world of the play rotates ...

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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL: Sisters of the Rising – Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway

Writer: Christiane O'Mahony Director: Anushka Senanayake Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne Christiane O’Mahony’s play is on message where it highlights the airbrushing of women from the history of the 1916 Easter Rising. The narrative, as it unfolds on the sparsely furnished stage, introduces two sisters, Josie and Gillian O’Farrell, one a defiant tomboy, the other boy-mad and more concerned with getting married ...

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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Green Room – Connacht Print Works, Galway

Creators: The Cabinet Company Reviewer: Paige Louter Experiencing The Green Room is a bit like being led in and out of a dream. Running at a compact eight minutes, this piece of theatre is presented to one audience member at a time. Those going through the encounter are asked to breathe deeply and step outside their everyday lives for a ...

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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL: BLANCA – Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway

Creator: Kadira Theatre Reviewer: Paige Louter Presented by Kadira Theatre, BLANCA is part of the Made in Galway work in progress strand of the Galway Theatre Festival. In the show’s current form, audiences can catch a glimpse of what this piece of children’s theatre will look like when more fully developed: a mixture of mask, puppetry, shadow and projection, framed ...

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