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IDGTF: Aunty Ben – Teacher’s Club, Dublin

Writer/Director: Sian Ní Mhuirí Reviewer: Bryan Hogan Aunty Ben is presented by Super Paua at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. Super Paua is a newly established production company from 2013 and is the brain child of Sian Ní Mhuirí. Aunty Ben is also the winner of the Ideas Tap Brighton Fringe Award 2014. Aunty Ben has received some attention ...

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IDGTF: At The Flash – Outhouse, Dublin

Writers: Sean Chandler and David Leeper Director: David Zak Reviewer: Bryan Hogan At The Flash is an award-winning production, from the renowned Chicago-based Pride Films ad Plays production collective, winning the annual Gay Play competition for the best new LGBT writing for theatre and screen in2012. They are now presenting the European Premiere as part of the 11thInternational Dublin Gay ...

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A New Day – Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

Director: Bairbre Ní Chaoimh Writer: Gerard Lee Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Take a mother-daughter relationship, add a drop of dysfunction and a large dose of comedy and you will get A New Day, Gerard Lee’s newest theatrical endeavour. Susan, played by Charlotte Bradley, is facing into her mature years separated and alone in her one bedroom flat, or so her daughter ...

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Demented – Lyric Theatre (Naughton Studio), Belfast.

Writer: Gary Mitchell Director: Richard Croxford Reviewer: Megan W. Minogue “It’s like the start of a really bad joke – a woman, a cripple, and a man with dementia walk into a bank.” So says Andrew (Ian Beattie), a down on his luck middle-aged man who has recently moved in with his father, James (Roy Heayberd), who suffers from dementia. ...

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Shur I’ll be Alright Here on Me Own – Townhall Studio, Galway.

Directors: Rob McFeely and Kate Murray Writer: Maria Tivnan Reviewer: Siobhán O’Gorman Fregoli Theatre Company has been growing in popularity since it began to produce its own drama in 2012. That year, Fregoli staged founding-member Maria Tivnan’s playwriting debut, The Sweet Shop, followed by the collectively-devised Home. A big success in Galway, Home quickly moved from the small Nun’s Island ...

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The Twelfth Night – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Wayne Jordan Reviewer: Monica Insinga Twelfth Night, The Abbey Theatre’s production in celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, marks the return of Wayne Jordan to the Abbey to direct his first Shakespeare play for them. One of the most performed comedies of all time, Twelfth Night was last produced at the Abbey over 30 ...

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Kiss of the Chicken King – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Composers: Oscar McLennan and Martin Tourish Writer: Oscar McLennan Reviewer: Westley Barnes Oscar McLennan’s Kiss of The Chicken King at the Project Arts Centre sets the audience up for a whimsical look at what being a cultural outsider in Margaret Thatcher’s Falklands-era government would be like with its empire-clutching aggressiveness and England-for-England’s sake rhetoric. An expressively lit stage (designed by ...

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The Assassination of Brian Boru – The New Theatre, Dublin

Director: Nora Kelly Lester Writer: Lauren-Shannon Jones Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Questioning the legitimacy of remembered history, The Assassination of Brian Boru places its audience’s focus on the importance of a good story, even if that means leaving the truth behind. Directed by Nora Kelly Lester and written by Lauren-Shannon Jones, the merging of the two authorial voices succeeds in representing ...

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