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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL: TURF – Connaught Print Works, Galway

Director: Rowan Tolley Reviewer: Sarah Hoover A subtle scent of burning turf greets the audience as they file in for the performance of TURF, an autobiographical performance about the men who foot turf. This is quickly followed by eerie and interesting sounds from a violin-guitar-bicycle wheel played by Rowan Tolley, setting the stage for a windy bog story. Our introduction ...

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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL: Ghosts and eXXcYpt – An Taibhdhearc, Galway

Ghosts Director: Martin Kenny eXXcYpt Director: Jérémie Cyr-Cooke Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne Sonar’s Ghosts performs an interpretation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy and successfully embodies and projects the darkness and bleakness of the poet’s commentary on the human condition. Alison Sheery’s lonely vulnerable ‘unknown’, dressed in white and seemingly symbolic of innocence, is the centrifugal point around which whirl the various ...

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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL: Expectations – Connaught Print Works, Galway

Creator: Sarah Hoover Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne In a small room in a corner of the Connaught Print Works, Sarah Hoover has created a curious, slightly disturbing space in which to perform her durational performance art work, Expectations. To enter you must choose whether to walk on the satin and silk dresses strewn on the floor, or to step around them. ...

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

Writers: Alan Howley, Jack Cawley, &Kevin McGee Reviewer: Paige Louter Breach and Quinn’s SCOREis a surreal, thought-provoking, and inventive piece of theatre, but the show doesn’t ultimately deliver on its potential. The music, produced live mainly by Jack Cawley and Kevin McGee, is easily the most satisfying element of the show. It’s moody and transportive, played with ease and style. ...

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GALWAY THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Blue Boy – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Directors: Gary Keegan &Feidlim Cannon Choreographer: Eddie Kay Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy In a year cluttered with political and historical commemorations and subsequently a heightened focus on collective remembrance it is easy to forget those whose histories have been hidden. Brokentalkers’ The Blue Boy seeks to remedy this in a performance that is conceptual, evocative, and emotionally affective. First produced ...

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Signatories – Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

Writers: Emma Donohue, Thomas Kilroy, Hugo Hamilton, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Marina Carr, and Joseph O’ Connor. Director: Patrick Mason Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy Marking the weekend of the (actual) 1916 Rising is Signatories which begins its life in the vast historic space that is Kilmainham Gaol. Produced by Verdant Productions, eight prominent Irish writers were approached ...

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The Blue Boy – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Director: Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon Choreography: Eddie Kay Reviewer: Kevin McCluskey In a year when Spotlight, a film which explores the cover ups of abuse in the Catholic Church, won much acclaim (including an Academy Award for Best Picture), and following hard-hitting documentaries such as Alex Gibney’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Brokentalker’s The Blue ...

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