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Falling Out of Standing – Festival House, Dublin

Creators: David Bolger, Louise Lowe, and Owen Boss Reviewer: Sarah Hoover The installation, a 'legacy' of the ANU and Cois Céim Dance Theatre production, These Rooms (2016), is evocative of the original performance but also textures the themes of that performance with its own layers of emotion and meaning. The installation, create by Owen Boss, uses the peeling, patched wallpaper and ...

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Collected Stories – Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Donald Margulies Director: Aoife Spillane - Hinks Reviewer: Laura Marriott Collected Stories began its short run at Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre this evening and closed to a standing ovation and multiple curtain calls. This two-handed play, written by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies, was delivered excellently by actors Brid Ni Neachtain and Maeve Fitzgerald. Tonight’s success is not surprising ...

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Fizzy Drinks With Two Straws – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Joyce Dignam Directors: Joyce Dignam and Meabh Hennelly Reviewer: Laura Marriott Tea + Toast Theatre Company are presenting their entertaining short play Fizzy Drinks With Two Straws at Dublin’s Theatre Upstairs. The play previously premiered at Smock Alley Theatre’s Scene and Heard Festival, which gives theatre makers the chance to present and workshop new writing. It is interesting to ...

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Vampirella – Smock Alley, Dublin

Director: Conor Hanratty Composer: Siobhan Cleary Librettist: Katy Hayes Conductor: Andrew Synnott Reviewer: Laura Marriott The world premiere of Opera Briefs 2017 production of Vampirella took place this evening in the main stage of Smock Alley Theatre. This work by composer Siobhan Cleary is the result of a creative partnership between the Royal Irish Academy of Music and The Lir ...

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The Eurydice Project – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Joanna Crawley Director: Lee Wilson Composer: Jane Deasy Choreographer: Monika Bieniek Reviewer: Laura Marriott Project Arts Centre is hosting a radical retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth: The Eurydice Project. This time the story is told from Eurydice’s perspective. In the original myth she was an oak nymph, a child of Apollo, who wed the adoring musician Orpheus. ...

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Famla – The MAC, Belfast

Writer: John McCann Director: Patrick J O’Reilly Reviewer: Colm G Doran ‘Any idea what this one’s about?’ ‘Haven’t a clue.’ ‘Famla…Famm-lah…Doesn’t give much away does it?!’ A couple queuing up to see Tinderbox’s latest piece show some confusion over what they are about to witness. As we enter the space and take in Ciaran Bagnall’s impressive towering structures of rotted ...

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Dave at Large – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Writer: Brian McAvera Director:  Joe Devlin Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Based on the life and times of ground breaking, and occasionally controversial, Irish comedian Dave Allen, Dave at Large is a cuttingly funny piece of theatre. Famously remembered for being banned from RTÉ for his ‘close to the bone’ jokes about the Catholic Church, Dave Allen’s life is dramatised for ...

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Anecdotal Evidence – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Grainne Curistan Director: Noel Cahill Reviewer: Laura Marriott   It’s funny from where you’re standing. Anecdotal Evidence premiered at Smock Alley Theatre’s Scene and Heard Festival 2017 in the theatre’s main space. It is without a doubt one of the most strange, interesting and powerful uses of theatre and satire that one is likely to see in the near ...

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