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The Voice Factor [X] – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Michael-David McKernan Director: Rosa Bowden Reviewer: David Keane Quincy (Michael-David McKernan) is entered into a reality singing contest, The Voice Factor as a joke by his friends. The point of the contest, which is admittedly a rip-off of several other singing contests, is to focus on singer-songwriting talent rather than simply vocals. What Quincy's friends do not realise it ...

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The Fairy Queen – Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin

Composer: Henry Purcell Director: Conor Hanratty Conductor: David Adams Reviewer: Laura Marriott The Royal Irish Academy of Music, in collaboration with Design for Stage and Screen at IADT, Dun Laoghaire, opened their interpretation of Henry Purcell’s semi-opera The Fairy Queen to a full house. The Fairy Queen sets out to recreate Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, so viewers can expect ...

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Vagabonds: My Phil Lynott Odyssey – Civic Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Robert Mountford and Chris Larner Director: Chris Larner Reviewer: Laura Marriott Cú Chullain is a traditional Irish legend, known for his beauty, warrior attributes and his incredible feats of strength. On the surface he seems to have little in common with an Irish legend of a different kind, Thin Lizzy front man Phil Lynott. The Dubliner, armed only with ...

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Anna Karenina – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Leo Tolstoy Adaption: Marina Carr Director: Wayne Jordan Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy “It’ll be a long time before men will let women be and it’ll be even longer before women will leave women alone.” Leo Tolstoy’s classic Anna Karenina is brought to the Abbey stage this festive season in a new version by Marina Carr. This smoulderingly tense adaptation brings a ...

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The Gingerbread Mix-Up – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Martin Murphy Director: Richard Croxford Reviewer: Colm G Doran This festive season The Lyric Theatre is brimming with Christmas celebration, especially in their Danske Bank stage which is currently home to The Gingerbread Mix-Up. Written by Martin Murphy and directed by Richard Croxford; this is a show that embodies fairy-tales, Halloween and Christmas pantomime all rolled into one. It ...

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The Snow Queen – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Ian Toner Director: Sarah Finlay Reviewer: Laura Marriott Gerda and Kay live in a watery town in a watery world. All ice and snow have been lost in the warming. Now people travel by gondolas and school children are told tales by their teachers about how in the past awful thing happened such as cold, gloves, scarves, carols and ...

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Tape – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Stephen Belber Director: Rob McFeely Reviewer: Saoirse Anton Three old school-friends reunite in a motel room, with one memory from senior year. No, three memories of the same moment in senior year. Fregoli Theatre Company’s production of Stephen Belber’s Tape is an intense and engaging theatrical experience that explores ideas of memory, friendship, motive, and perception. Vince (Peter Shine), ...

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