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Precious Metal and Night Wandering – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Choreographers: John Scott and Merce Cunningham Reviewer: Clara Mallon John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre comes to the Project Arts Centre Temple Bar. Presenting us with an intriguing double bill; Precious Metal and Night Wandering, the performances run as part of Project 50, a season of work celebrating 50 years of the Project Arts Centre. This double bill marks the ...

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Dubliners Women – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: James Joyce Adaptor: Katie O’Kelly Director: Sarah Baxter Reviewer: David Keane James Joyce’s Dubliners, a collection of 15 short stories, is arguably one of his most accessible works with simple and realistic accounts that explore the world of Edwardian Dublin. In this adaption by Katie O’Kelly, as the title suggests, the focus is on the female characters in three ...

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The Sweethearts of Swing – The Belfast Empire, Belfast

Creators: Kat Reagan, Orla Mullan and Naomi Rocke Reviewer: Colm G Doran Tonight The Empire Bar was transformed from a typically alternative bar where the occasional comic routine is tried out, to a stunning vista of wartime 1940s music hall, with this resplendent group; The Sweethearts of Swing. The crowd they drew is a healthy mix of hipster millennials who revel ...

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DOUBLE BILL: Unshakeable Spirits (Left Hand Lost) – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Cillian O’Donnachadha Director: Katherine Murphy Reviewer: Laura Marriott What happens to a woman who is suppressed and forced to change shape right from early childhood? Left Hand Lost explores the life of American singer – songwriter and poet Dory Previn. Her story is remarkable. Previn was born into a strongly Catholic Irish American family and became strongly conflicted when ...

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DOUBLE BILL: Unshakeable Spirits (A Fit Wife for a Revolutionary) – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Sharon Sexton Director: Cillian O’Donnachadha Reviewer: Laura Marriott A Fit Wife For a Revolutionary focuses in on the rarely mentioned Kathleen Clarke, wife of the first signatory of the Proclamation Thomas Clarke and a revolutionary in her own right. Her story is fascinating and Sharon Sexton is marvellous as Kathleen Clarke. The play encompasses the events of Easter week 1916. ...

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Test Dummy – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Caitríona Daly Director: Louise Lowe Reviewer: Sarah O'Toole Though written well before its publication, this riveting 45-minute monologue has a couple of important things in common with Eimear McBride’s recent novel The Lesser Bohemians. It presents a deliberately complicated picture of female sexuality and the fine line between longing and self-destruction, but also its arc describes a process of reoccupation ...

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The Ireland Trilogy – Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Creator: THEATREclub Music and Sound: Barry O’Connor, Seán Miller, Gerard Kelly, Frank Sweeney, Rob Moloney Director: Grace Dyas Reviewer: Sarah O'Toole Dublin-based theatre collective THEATREclub believe “that theatre can change the world by starting conversations that send ripples towards social change”. The Ireland Trilogy, with which they made their Abbey Theatre début on the Peacock Stage this Saturday, brings a necessarily reflexive ...

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The Nutcracker – Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Director: Anne Maher Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Saoirse Anton First performed in 1892 with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker is a staple in many ballet companies’ repertoires and a firm festive favourite with audiences.  Telling the story of Clara, who is brought on a magical adventure through the Land ...

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