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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Papini – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Colm Gleeson Reviewer: Clara Mallon Felicity’s Papini comes to Smock Alley theatre as part of this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival. The piece marks the newly formed theatre collective’s debut within the festival and also their first show since the birth of the company. The claustrophobic atmosphere of Smock Alley’s Black Box theatre sets the tone for the contemporary examination ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Spliced – St. Michan’s Park, Dublin

Writer: Timmy Creed Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster Although Spliced largely focuses on Timmy Creed’s relationship with his local GAA club, and specifically hurling, the fact that it is set in a handball alley is arguably the most important element of this show. This allows Creed to constantly puck around a sliotar, animating his speech with direct, hard action. He is rarely ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: The Friday Night Effect – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writters: Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan Reviewer: Sarah Hoover It is always a challenge to introduce alternate methods of storytelling to audiences more familiar with straightforward narrative. While The Friday Night Effect does so with a simple mechanism, it promises more agency in its audience interaction than it actually delivers. From the beginning, instructions to the audience are contradictory. “By ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady – Peacock, Dublin

Creators: Amanda Coogan, Lianne Quigley, Alvean Jones, Breda O’Grady, Valerie Moore, and Paula Clarke Director: Amanda Coogan Reviewer: Sarah Hoover Live art that both illuminates and challenges is based in intentionality. From the moment the audience walks into the Peacock box office for Amanda Coogan’s Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady, we are guided by kind hands into a ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: All Honey – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Ciara Elizabeth Smyth Director: Jeda de Bri Reviewer: Laura Marriott The Sad Strippers Theatre group were last seen at Smock Alley’s Scene and Heard Festival, where their production of Pacemaker was the funniest 30 minutes this reviewer has ever seen on stage. All Honey is a longer production at an hour long and is helping to close the Dublin ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Toilers – The Lir, Dublin

Writer: Susanne R. Day Adaption: Painted Bird Director: Fiona McGeown Reviewer: Sarah Hoover As with many performances of archival material, Toilers dips in and out of its originating impulses, the life and writing of Irish feminist actor, writer, activist and nurse Susanne R. Day. Acted with poise and energy by Julie Maguire, Leah Moore and Seána O’Hanlon, the play takes ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: End Of. – The Gutter Bookshop, Dublin

Writer: Seanan McDonnell Director: Conor Hanratty Reviewer: Laura Marriott The Gutter Bookshop is nestled behind Smock Alley Theatre at the bottom of Cow’s Lane, an area of Dublin on the edge of Temple Bar, that is crammed with cake shops and boutique jewellery stores. It is the perfect place to set a play. One of the benefits of the Fringe ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Dummy – Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Peter Dunne Director: Sarah Finlay Reviewer: David Keane Growing up in the shadow cast by their father’s limelight wasn’t easy for Dolly and Teddy, especially when Daddy was a notoriously bad ventriloquist with emotional issues. This lack of stability resulted in their mother leaving and Teddy eventually having his own breakdown. Following in daddy’s footsteps, Dolly (Niamh McGrath) has ...

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