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Crude Mechanicals – Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

Writers: Karl Quinn &Clare Barrett Director: Karl Quinn Reviewer: Ciara Murphy amid the clink of knives and forks, upstairs in Bewley’s Café Theatre, lies a simple set containing five mismatched chairs. These chairs are empty, lying in wait for the characters of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. However the actors never appear onstage, and what began as a promise for ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Dublin Castle, Dublin

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Cathal Quinn Reviewer: Westley Barnes Mouth On Fire’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Dublin Castle is a rib-tickling feast of Shakespeare with a buoyant twist of throwback ‘70’s music and fashion. Taking its scene in the sumptuous garden setting affixed to the medieval pomp of Dublin Castle, this adaptation of the Bard’s fruitiest comedy ...

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Bears in Space – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Eoghan Quinn Director: Dan Colley Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Telling the story of two cosmonaut bears who have been travelling through space for many centuries, Bears in Space entertains its audience with its childish humour and easy-going delivery. On a quest to find a ‘story-teller’ who can lead them to the cure for a deadly space disease, the two bears ...

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Pondling – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Genevieve Hulme-Beaman Director: Collapsing Horse Theatre Company Reviewer: Ciara Murphy The critically acclaimed Pondling returns to Dublin in a new staging by Collapsing Horse Theatre Company. amid the familiar black-box theatre space of the Project Arts Centre’s ‘Stage Upstairs, the audience is introduced to a manic and intense young lady who is keen to share her story. Madeline has ...

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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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