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Téip Dheireanach Krapp (Krapp’s Last Tape) – The New Theatre, Dublin.

Director: Cathal Quinn Writer: Samuel Beckett Translation: Gabriel Rosenstock Reviewer: Westley Barnes The theatrical work of Samuel Beckett has always brought with it as many difficulties for a cast and production company as it does opportunities. Arguably the Irish Nobel laureate with the least sway in public opinion, but whose work has probably the most profound influence on writers of ...

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The Separation – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Richard Molloy Director: Simon Evans Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Set in Dublin in 1995 The Separation, written by Richard Molloy, is the story of a broken marriage, a broken home and a broken man. Stephen, played by David Murray, and Molly, played by Susan Stanley, stumble into Stephen’s apartment on a rainy summer evening. Having succumbed to temptation at the ...

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The Madman and The Nun – Smock Alley Boys School, Dublin

Writer: Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy) Directors: Karolina Szemerda and Serina Griffin Reviwer: Ciara Murphy Presented by Enigma TheatreThe Madman and The Nunchallenges the boundaries of reality and sanity by defying conventional theatrical and societal authorities. Sister Anna, played by Niamh Large, and talented, yet deranged, poet Alexander Walpburg, played by Shane Robinson, are resident in a mental institution. Walpburg who ...

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Click – The Viking Theatre at The Sheds, Clontarf, Dublin.

Writer: Michael Collier Director: Caroline Fitzgerald. Reviewer: Cormac O'Brien When Pauly and Jacko, two working-class Dublin men, wander into an overgrown field somewhere in Croatia, laden down with backpacks, fishing rods, and clad in waders and gaiters, the audience quickly realises that Michael Collier’s new play Click is going to be about manly men doing manly men things. That getting ...

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Tejas Verdes – The MAC, Belfast.

Director: Sophie Motley Writer: Fermin Cabal Translator: Robert Shaw Reviewer: Megan W. Minogue Tejas Verdes, which translates as ‘Green Gables’ and refers to a detention and torture centre used in the aftermath of Pinochet’s coup in September 1973, tells the stories of various people affected by a young woman named Colorina, who was one of around 3,000 people ‘disappeared’ by ...

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Villa and Discurso – The MAC, Belfast

Director: Róisín McBrinn Writer: Guillermo Calderon Translator: William Gregory Reviewer: Megan W. Minogue Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderon is behind the two short plays Villa and Discurso, which are both part of the ‘Chilogy’ produced by Prime Cut Productions and currently running at The MAC in Belfast. Both plays are performed in the round in The MAC’s upstairs theatre, with the ...

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Swing – Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

Director: Peter Daly Writers: Steve Blount, Peter Daly, Gavin Kostick and Janet Moran Reviewer: Ciara Murphy The critically acclaimed Swing, presented by Fishamble, returns to Dublin’s Bewley’s Café Theatre to an eager audience and a full house. Winner of the Bewley’s Café Theatre Little Gem Award at the 2013 Dublin Fringe Festival, the production lives up to its name providing ...

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Uprising – Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Tara McKevitt Director: Mary Moynihan Reviewer: Caitriona M. Reilly Uprising is the second piece to be performed at the Lyric Theatre as part Smashing Times Theatre Company’s, The Memory Project. The performance is described as a ‘fusion of text, movements and dance’; a ‘multi-disciplinary performance exploring memories and experiences of war and peace in Northern Ireland and internationally’. Uprising ...

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