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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Dummy – Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Peter Dunne Director: Sarah Finlay Reviewer: David Keane Growing up in the shadow cast by their father’s limelight wasn’t easy for Dolly and Teddy, especially when Daddy was a notoriously bad ventriloquist with emotional issues. This lack of stability resulted in their mother leaving and Teddy eventually having his own breakdown. Following in daddy’s footsteps, Dolly (Niamh McGrath) has ...

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Katie Roche – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Teresa Deevy Director: Caroline Byrne Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy   It has been a long time since Teresa Deevy’s work has graced the stage of the national theatre, and Katie Roche is a fitting return to form. According to the programme note, this is a play about ‘survival’. This is appropriate when one considers that Deevy’s work has struggled ...

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Room – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Emma Donoghue Music and Lyrics: Cora Bissett and Kathryn Joseph Director: Cora Bissett Reviewer: Sarah Hoover Jack (Taye Kassim Junaid-Evans) is five, and his world is simple. In fact, it’s not a world, it’s a room. The real world, when Ma’s rescue plot brings it crashing in, is huge and fast and there are no easy answers. Jack’s vision ...

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The Train – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Arthur Riordan Composer: Bill Whelan Director: Lynne Parker Reviewer: Saoirse Anton   “We’ll show the old farts who maintain their dominance Over our constituent parts The time is near, to kick against the pricks Sign up here, for gender politics.” Just minutes down the road from the Abbey Theatre, at Connolly Station on the 22nd May 1971, members of ...

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Anna Karenina – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Leo Tolstoy Adaption: Marina Carr Director: Wayne Jordan Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy “It’ll be a long time before men will let women be and it’ll be even longer before women will leave women alone.” Leo Tolstoy’s classic Anna Karenina is brought to the Abbey stage this festive season in a new version by Marina Carr. This smoulderingly tense adaptation brings a ...

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The Ireland Trilogy – Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Creator: THEATREclub Music and Sound: Barry O’Connor, Seán Miller, Gerard Kelly, Frank Sweeney, Rob Moloney Director: Grace Dyas Reviewer: Sarah O'Toole Dublin-based theatre collective THEATREclub believe “that theatre can change the world by starting conversations that send ripples towards social change”. The Ireland Trilogy, with which they made their Abbey Theatre début on the Peacock Stage this Saturday, brings a necessarily reflexive ...

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Bastard Amber – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Choreographer: Liz Roche Composer: Ray Harman Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy Bastard Amber, co-commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin Dance Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival finds its way onto the Town Hall Theatre stage in Galway. The success of the play’s first run, on the Abbey Stage, during this year’s Dublin Dance Festival has propelled the work forward for national touring. ...

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NEWS: One thing more on gender imbalance in Irish arts

By Saoirse Anton “This is what collaborative feminist power looks like and it is a powerful, playful and inclusive thing.” In just one succinct sentence Sarah Durcan, general manager of Science Gallery International, and a member of the Waking the Feminists group, summed up the atmosphere in the Abbey Theatre today [14 November 2016] at Waking The Feminists’ One Thing More. On ...

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