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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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And Then There Were None – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Renee van de Schoor Reviewer: Laura Marriott Ten strangers receive a mysterious invite to a dinner party on an isolated island. One by one, their various sordid pasts catch up with them. One by one, they are accused. One by one, they meet their end. Theatre company No Drama today launched their new play And Then ...

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Anonymous – The International Bar, Dublin

Writer: Mark Richardson Director: Nathalie Clement Reviewer: Laura Marriott ‘I am homeless. I have no name’. For homeless men living on the streets of Dublin it can seem as though they are stripped of their identity; histories, talents and even names. Mark Richardson’s Anonymous seeks to undo this. Dolan is new to the streets and it shows. Despite having no ...

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Danse, Morob – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer:  Laurent Gaudé Director: Olwen Fouéré and Emma Martin Reviewer: Saoirse Anton The daughter of Morob is trying to find him. Upon learning that his body is missing from its grave, she sets out with her pack of dogs to find the Long Kesh ex-political prisoner.  However, it soon transpires that this magic-realist play is about much more than just ...

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The Voice Factor [X] – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Michael-David McKernan Director: Rosa Bowden Reviewer: David Keane Quincy (Michael-David McKernan) is entered into a reality singing contest, The Voice Factor as a joke by his friends. The point of the contest, which is admittedly a rip-off of several other singing contests, is to focus on singer-songwriting talent rather than simply vocals. What Quincy's friends do not realise it ...

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