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BABARÓ INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL: The Wolf and Peter – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Writer: David Bolger Director: David Bolger Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne The first scene of David Bolger’s The Wolf and Peter features Conor Linehan, sporting very strange hair, centre stage with his piano. The cast, dancers Wojciech Grudziński, Ivonne Kalter, Jonathan Mitchell, Emma O’Kane and Mateusz Szczerek, perform a playful dance around the piano, which then moves to the side of the ...

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Are You There, Garth? It’s Me, Margaret – Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Fiona Looney Director: Padraic McIntyre Reviewer: David Keane Based on the now infamous events of summer 2014, when five Garth Brooks concerts were cancelled at Croke Park, Are you there, Garth? It’s me, Margaret is a new comedy play by Fiona Looney. The central character of Margaret (Deirdre O’Kane) converses regularly with Garth Brooks as she stands in her ...

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Olympia – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Lauren Shannon Jones Director: Nora Kelly Lester Reviewer: David Keane An adaptation of E.T.A Hoffman’s 19th century short story, Der Sandmann, Pygmankenstein(comprising of Lauren-Shannon Jones and Nora Kelly-Lester) present Olympia as the new writer and director in residence at The New Theatre. A portmanteau of Pygmalion and Frankenstein, it is no surprise that this theatre company have a strong ...

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Going Spare – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Siobhán Donnellan Director: Aoife Connolly Reviewer: David Keane Trying to make sense of her experiences, Maisie (Siobhán Donnellan) finds herself sitting in front of Bridget at a psychic fair. Caught up in grief Maisie is willing to give anything a go if it will provide her with the comfort she craves. As Maisie struggles with her circumstances the audiencebecome ...

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INTERVIEW: Lauren-Shannon Jones on Olympia – The New Theatre, Dublin

Lauren-Shannon Jones and Nora Kelly-Lesterare Pygmankenstein, a vibrant and innovative theatre company working out of Dublin. They are the newly appointed writer and director in residence at The New Theatre in Dublin's Temple Bar, the first writer/director team to take residence at the theatre. Ciara L. Murphy caught up with Lauren-Shannon Jones to see how it was going. You and ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Train – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Director: Lynne Parker Script and Lyrics: Arthur Riordan Music: Bill Whelan Music Director: Cathal Synnott Reviewer: Liam Harrison “A woman can be anything she wants to be” – the lie told to Irish schoolgirls throughout the 20th Century gets a thorough exploration in Rough Magic’s musical about the Belfast contraception train. You can be anything you want unless you want ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Dancehall – Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin

Director: Emma Martin Music: Andrew Hamilton   Watching Dancehall, there is a sense one is watching something not created for an audience; the ensemble is so intent on its movement and exploration it seems one simply stumbled upon the group working among itself. With a mesmerising focus and intensity, the ensemble presents an intriguing examination of energy and its confinement ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Shibboleth – Peacock Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Stacey Gregg Director: Hamish Pirie Music: James Fortune Reviewer: Saoirse Anton Stacey Gregg’s Shibboleth is an energetic and sharp look at the lives of people working in Belfast. Set around the construction of an extension to the Peace Wall, this production uses classic character types to explore the post-troubles state of Belfast. Packed full of interesting ideas, Shibboleth holds ...

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