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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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The Fairy Queen – Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin

Composer: Henry Purcell Director: Conor Hanratty Conductor: David Adams Reviewer: Laura Marriott The Royal Irish Academy of Music, in collaboration with Design for Stage and Screen at IADT, Dun Laoghaire, opened their interpretation of Henry Purcell’s semi-opera The Fairy Queen to a full house. The Fairy Queen sets out to recreate Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, so viewers can expect ...

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Vagabonds: My Phil Lynott Odyssey – Civic Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Robert Mountford and Chris Larner Director: Chris Larner Reviewer: Laura Marriott Cú Chullain is a traditional Irish legend, known for his beauty, warrior attributes and his incredible feats of strength. On the surface he seems to have little in common with an Irish legend of a different kind, Thin Lizzy front man Phil Lynott. The Dubliner, armed only with ...

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Anna Karenina – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Leo Tolstoy Adaption: Marina Carr Director: Wayne Jordan Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy “It’ll be a long time before men will let women be and it’ll be even longer before women will leave women alone.” Leo Tolstoy’s classic Anna Karenina is brought to the Abbey stage this festive season in a new version by Marina Carr. This smoulderingly tense adaptation brings a ...

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The Gingerbread Mix-Up – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Martin Murphy Director: Richard Croxford Reviewer: Colm G Doran This festive season The Lyric Theatre is brimming with Christmas celebration, especially in their Danske Bank stage which is currently home to The Gingerbread Mix-Up. Written by Martin Murphy and directed by Richard Croxford; this is a show that embodies fairy-tales, Halloween and Christmas pantomime all rolled into one. It ...

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