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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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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Remains of Maisie Duggan – Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Carmel Winters Director: Ellen McDougall Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy Maisie Duggan (Bríd Ní Neachtain) has died, or at least she thinks she has. Her daughter, Kathleen (Rachel O' Byrne), returns home to Ireland for the first time in decades in order to bury her mother, whom as it turns out is not dead at all. The production opens on ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Ancient Rain – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Director: Chris Drummond Composers: Paul Kelly, Feargal Murray, Camille O’Sullivan Reviewer: David Keane Inspired by last 100 years of Irish poetry and centring around the theme of the four elements, Ancient Rain provides an aural exploration of Ireland’s past and present. Poetry ranging from Seamus Heaney to Paula Meehan is used as a platform from which Irish performer Camille O’ ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Crisis Meeting – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Bjarni Jónsson Director: Friðgneir Einarsson Reviewer: Saoirse Anton During Crisis Meeting, one of the performers tells the audience that “Simplicity is very complicated.” This line, in a few different ways, encapsulates the production quite effectively. Inviting the audience to share in their experiences, working methods, and arts council application process, the three members of Kriðpleir Theatre Group decide to ...

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