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Socially Awkward – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Music and Lyrics: Sean Donnelly Writer: Fintan Daly Director: Sean Donnelly Reviewer: Caitriona M. Reilly Socially Awkward is a new short musical production. Twins Mario and Sarah have just started a new school. Sarah is bossy and confident, while Mario is shy, finding it difficult settling into the new school, and making friends. The sixth form school formal is coming ...

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Quietly – Civic Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Owen McCafferty Director: Jimmy Fay Reviewer: Monica Insinga The internationally acclaimed Abbey Theatre production of Quietly by Owen McCafferty (Winner of the 2013 Writers’ Guild Award) comes back to Ireland for its first multinational tour. Premiered at the Peacock Theatre, Dublin in November 2012 and hailed as one of the best new plays of that year, it went on ...

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Retreat – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Geoff Power Director: Bairbre Ni Chaoimh Reviewer: Monica Insinga Geoff Power’s new play, Retreat, on the pitfalls of mental illness, opened this week at the New Theatre. While the press release describes it as “challenging and revealing”, the play shows mostly potential in its treatment of such a strong subject. The question at the centre of the drama (“When ...

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Dreamland – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer/Director: Jim Nolan Reviewer: Westley Barnes Upon entering the theatre space at the Project Arts Centre for Jim Nolan’s “Dreamland” The Germanic styling of the stage makes a striking impression. Designed by Dermot Quinn the set consisted of an interior of a bar with gaslight covering the surfaces of tightly angled wall structures and what appears to be bomb shattered ...

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Faith – The Civic Theatre, Dublin.

Director: David Horan Writer: Paul Meade Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Loosing a job is a difficult period for most people, but no one ever speaks of the bruised pride, diminished masculinity and depression that coincides with being “made redundant”. Faith, presented by Guna Nua Theatre in association with The Civic Theatre, brings these issues to The Civic Theatre stage and forces ...

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The Grapes of Wrath – Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

Director: Mark Lambert Writer: John Steinbeck Adapted by: Frank Galati Musical Arrangement: Josef Weinberger Plays Ltd. Taking one of the most poignant and loved novels of all time to the Project Arts Centre stage, one might be apprehensive about the end result. There is no need to fear however as the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama present The Grapes ...

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Care – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

  Presented by: WillFredd Theatre Director: Sophie Motley Reviewer: Monica Insinga The highly acclaimed WillFredd theatre company returns to Project Arts Centre with Care, a transformative piece about not just death, but also life in a hospice. After their first two award-winning productions, Follow and Farm, Sophie Motley and Sarah Jane Shiels’s group once again pushes the boundaries of contemporary ...

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Sive – The Abbey Theatre, Dublin

  Director: Conall Morrison Writer: John B. Keane Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Mixing the sordid, the comical and the bizarre intricacies of rural Irish life in the 1950’s, John B. Keane’s latest revival of Sive commands the Abbey stage and brings Irish audiences back to the rural Irish kitchen for its 110th season. Living with her Aunt, Uncle and Grandmother, a ...

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