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Bastard Amber – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Choreographer: Liz Roche Composer: Ray Harman Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy Bastard Amber, co-commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin Dance Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival finds its way onto the Town Hall Theatre stage in Galway. The success of the play’s first run, on the Abbey Stage, during this year’s Dublin Dance Festival has propelled the work forward for national touring. ...

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Luck Just Kissed You Hello – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Amy Conroy Director: Caitriona McLaughlin Reviewer: Kevin McCluskey Three people sit in the unforgiving overhead lights of a room in a hospital, with the blue linoleum and nearby sounds of medical apparatus creating a familiar scene of waiting. They are Sullivan (Mark Fitgerald), Gary (Will O’Connell), and Mark (Amy Conroy), lingering as Mark and Gary’s father Big Ted Donovan ...

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The Best Place for Love – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Paul Kennedy Director: Paul Kennedy Reviewer: Laura Marriott To be an artist requires a certain type of self - belief and determination in order to keep getting back up after each rejection. As one continues along the same path those you started out with either fall away into different careers, searching for the stability offered by a steady pay check. ...

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NEWS: One thing more on gender imbalance in Irish arts

By Saoirse Anton “This is what collaborative feminist power looks like and it is a powerful, playful and inclusive thing.” In just one succinct sentence Sarah Durcan, general manager of Science Gallery International, and a member of the Waking the Feminists group, summed up the atmosphere in the Abbey Theatre today [14 November 2016] at Waking The Feminists’ One Thing More. On ...

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Sherlock Holmes & The Hound of Baskervilles – Kildare Street Hotel, Dublin

Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle adaptation: Alice Coghlan Director: Alice Coghlan Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy The popularity of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's enigmatic Sherlock Holmes shows no sign of waning. This popularity makes Wonderland Theatre's adaptation of The Hound of Baskervilles a clever choice for Dublin audiences. The company offers their unique take on the 'Dinner and a Show' model, simultaneously ...

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Honest – Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Dublin

Writer: DC Moore Director: David Horan Reviewer: Laura Marriott Is honesty always the best policy? Meet Dave. A frustrated civil servant surrounded by bureaucratic incompetence and hypocrisy. We step into Dave’s life as he seems to be entering some sort of existential crisis. Lying, he argues, is a part of life and it is only the less pleasant or caring ...

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Heresy – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Composer: Roger Doyle Director: Eric Fraad Reviewer: Laura Marriott Heresy is a remarkable electronic opera from dramaturg and composer Roger Doyle. In his first outing as composer Doyle has created a unique work that is inspired by the life and works of Renaissance figure Giordano Bruno. The Italian Dominican friar is best remembered for his cosmological theories which included, among ...

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Venom So Sweet – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Roger Gregg Director: James O’Connor Reviewer: Laura Marriott ‘My name is Legion, for we are many.’ Dublin’s Theatre Upstairs has been much missed during its period of renovation. It has come back strong with this powerful and startling first performance of Venom So Sweet. In the centre of the stage stands the outline of what could be a cage. ...

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