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Pacemaker – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Ciara Elizabeth Smyth Director: Ciara Elizabeth Smyth Reviewer: Laura Marriott For Pacemaker the day couldn’t get worse. But then it does. Two women are at work. They have never gotten on and soon things develop into a full-scale feud when they find themselves speaking to management. Charges range from ‘she smells of egg’ to ‘she ate my sandwiches’. Oh ...

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At Odds – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Clara Mallon Director: Colum Folan Reviewer: Laura Marriott   The audience first hear the two actors before they see them. They are singing in a soft, mournful manner as they enter from the left of the stage. The stage has been left empty except for two clipboards resting at the back. This keeps the attention on actors Lucy Cray ...

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HashtagRelationshipGoalz – Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Lorna Costello Director: Emma Jane Purcell Reviewer: Laura Marriott HashtagRelationshipGoalz begins with a young couple sat on chairs in the centre of the stage. The only props they use are the two chairs, a patterned blanket and a small table. He has his arm slung over her shoulders while playing on an ipad. She is obviously bored. So is ...

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Jericho – Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt Town Centre, Dublin

Devised by: Breffni Holohan and Dylan Coburn Gray Director: Claire O’Reilly Reviewer: Saoirse Anton Malaprop’s Jericho, performed by Maeve O’Mahony is described as “A fresh, entertaining and up-to-the-minute response to current world events.”The audience is brought into a discussion of the challenges of living in a digital, consumerist world,  through the eyes of a journalist working on a story about ...

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PREVIEW: Machinal – O’ Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, Galway

Writer: Sophie Treadwell Director: Ian R. Walsh Students at NUI Galway’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance will stage Sophie Treadwell’s little produced play, Machinal, this month at Galway’s newest arts venue. This classic American play is inspired by true events, and follows a young woman suffocated by a restrictive, unfeeling machine-like society. Haunting and provocative, Treadwell’s expressionistic play is ...

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The Kill – International Bar, Dublin

Writer: Alan Grant Director: Alan Grant Reviewer: Laura Marriott “Don’t trust anybody.” Guns, violence, and tragedy pile up on one another and threaten to overflow in The Kill, the new play from Dark Horse Theatre Company. As the audience settle in their seats there is a long, white item at the foot of the stage. It later emerges that this ...

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Powder Her Face – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Thomas Adès Director: Antony McDonald Conductor: Nicholas Chalmers Reviewer: Colm G Doran   The Lyric Theatre is host to the Irish premiere of Powder Her Face, a co-production between Northern Ireland Opera and Opera Theatre Company. Written by Thomas Adès, directed by Antony McDonald, accompanied by the Ulster Orchestra, and conducted by Nicholas Chalmers, this piece tells the story ...

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The Collector – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Daniel Wade Director: Cian Ó Ceallacháin Reviewer: Laura Marriott “Sounds like you’ve got a bigger problem with living than with dying, pal.” Welcome to the Dark Horse pool hall. On one long night secrets will out and debts must be repaid. Oren Collins is a small time thug, quick to anger and confrontation, always hanging around with dodgy characters ...

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