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Opera Briefs – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Director: Conor Hanratty Conductor: David Adams Reviewer: David Keane A double-bill of Monteverdi and Handel comprises Opera Briefs, which is presented by The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), in collaboration with The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art. Focussing on love in opera and choosing lesser performed pieces, Monteverdi’s Tirsi e Clori is first, which offers a mini-showcase of ...

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Julius Caesar – Smock Alley, Dublin

Director: Robbie O’Raw Writer: William Shakespeare Reviewer: Liam Harrison “Death, a necessary end, will come when it will come” Robbie O’Raw and Tartarus have relocated the power struggles and deceptions of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar to gangland Dublin. Barry Kelleghan’s authoritative Caesar casts a domineering figure, looming over the set of a moody nightclub, while the scenes are punctuated by the ...

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McKenna’s Fort – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Arnold Thomas Fanning Director: Paul Kennedy Reviewer: Saoirse Anton Since the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, it seems that the country has been awash with images of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. On every Dublin street corner there are people selling scarves and flags with pictures of the signatories of the Proclamation, there are myriad documentaries ...

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The Wise Wound – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Teri FitzGerald Director: Philip Doherty Reviewer: Rachel Rafferty Writer Teri FitzGerald who along with most of the cast is a Gaiety School of Acting graduate, used Louisa May Alcott’s celebrated book as the basis for this farcical piece. American novelist Alcott’s semi-autobiographical and renowned work, Little Women is a coming of age passage about the four young March daughters, ...

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Rebel Rebel – Bewley’s Café Theatre @Powerscourt, Dublin

Devised by: Robbie O’Connor and Aisling O’Mara Director: Louise Lowe Reviewer: David Doyle In theatres, town halls, and on street corners across the country over the coming weeks there will undoubtedly be a series of performances marking some aspect of the events of Easter 1916. Such a critical moment in the foundation of the State is one that deserves commemoration, ...

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PREVIEW: McKenna’s Fort – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer:Arnold Thomas Fanning Director: Paul Kennedy On the centenary year of the Easter Rising comesMcKenna’s Fort,the world premiere of a play about one of Ireland’s most famous gay icons, the revolutionary Sir Roger Casement, the last rebel leader to be executed for his part in the 1916 rebellion. The play, written by Arnold Thomas Fanning and drawing from Casement’s infamousBlack ...

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The Turn of the Screw – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

The cast of Turn of the Screw

Director: Oliver Mears Music: Benjamin Britten Libretto: Myfanwy Piper Reviewer: Kevin McCluskey Henry James’s 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw has inspired numerous adaptations, including two film versions (The Innocents and The Others) and Benjamin Britten’s 1954 opera. The story, about a governess who fears that the children are being corrupted by the spirits of the previous governess and ...

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After Miss Julie – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Patrick Marber Director: Emma Jordan Reviewer: Laura Marriott After Miss Julie is a re-imagining of the classic August Strindberg play Miss Julie. Brought to the Dublin stage by Prime Cut Productions it began today what must surely be a successful run at Temple Bar’s The Project Arts Centre. Celebrated writer Patrick Marber has re-located the play from an English ...

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