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Human Child – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer and Director: Dan Colley Reviewer: Monica Insinga Collapsing Horse Theatre Company – in collaboration with Ramblin Man and Gúna Nua – is back with a triple bill at the Project Arts Centre, starting with their acclaimed 2013 show Human Child, which takes its cue from W.B. Yeats’s poem The Stolen Child, adapting the changeling myth to create a show ...

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Star of the Sea – An Taibhdhearc, Galway

Writer: Joseph O’Connor Director: Ensemble Music: Morgan Cooke, Grace Kiely and Máiréad Ní Chróinín Reviewer: Siobhán O’Gorman Fans of Joseph O’Connor’s best-selling novel Star of the Sea (2004) are flocking to see the world premiere of its stage adaptation – collectively devised by Moonfish Theatre and presented as part of the Galway Arts Festival. The book’s main action is set ...

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Timon of Athens – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Peter Reid Reviewer: Ciara Murphy One of Shakespeare’s rarely produced plays, Timon of Athens, gets a contemporary redressing in Dublin’s Project Arts Centre. Presented by AC Productions, the play tells the tale of Timon, a man with infinite kindness, friends prone to fickle flattery and rapidly declining wealth. As his fortunes turn sour he turns to ...

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Aristocrats – The Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Patrick Mason Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Directed by Patrick Mason, Brian Friel’s Aristocrats comes to the Abbey Theatre, bringing with it a rarely seen representation of life in Ireland’s rural Roman Catholic ‘Big House’. Far from functional, the O’Donnell family reunite in Ballybeg to celebrate their youngest sister, Claire’s (Jane McGrath) wedding. Arriving back in O’Donnell Hall ...

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Deeds Of Deceit – Chapel Royal (Dublin Castle) – Dublin

Writer: Matthew Ralli Director: Matthew Ralli Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Set in the cavernous and delightfully gothic Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, Deeds of Deceitpresents to its audience a quirky enquiry into a crime that dates back more than a century. On July 6th 1907 the Irish Crown Jewels were discovered missing, presumed stolen, from their safe in the Bedford Tower. ...

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My Brilliant Divorce – Civic Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Geraldine Aron Director: Andrew Murray Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Verdant Productions present My Brilliant Divorce, a comedy about one woman’s journey from divorce to acceptance and all of the things life throws at you in between. Angela, played by Tara Flynn, has just witnessed her marriage come to a grinding halt. Her husband Max (amusingly referred to as “round head” ...

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The Last Five Years – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Music: Jason Robert Brown Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Book: Jason Robert Brown Director:Chris Collins Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Presented by Trees Rd. Productions and under the Musical Direction of Danny Forde, The Last Five Years is a solid and musically impressive production. Jamie, played by Robert Bannon, and Kathy, played by Amy O’ Dwyer, present two traversing views of their doomed ...

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