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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Efficacy 84 – Smock Alley, Dublin

Director: Luke Casserly Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy According to the programme note for Efficacy 84: “The Kerry Babies case is a story that cannot be told.” This is unfortunately the case for this production although perhaps this statement to the audience was intended to inspire more positive and abstract considerations. The young cast (consisting of Rua Barron, Alexandra Conlon, Simon ...

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Radio Rosario – The Mick Lally Theatre, Galway

Writer: Little John Nee Directors: Laura Sheeran and Little John Nee Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy  “I’m a singer. If I don’t sing, I get sick”. Valve Hegarty is a singer, he spends his weekends singing cabaret at a bar by the sea in Galway City. He also works, reluctantly, at a studio, creating jingles for advertisements. This is a clear ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Last Siren – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Director: Ksenija Krnajski Reviewer: David Keane Being the only one of her kind left, the titular last siren wanders her beach, lamenting the past with only flotsam and debris as company. Her sister has departed and she has been driven demented by loneliness. The siren (Lauren Kinsella) has no one to listen to her and no one to listen to; ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: This is Not a Love Story – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Creator: Gunilla Heilborn Reviewer: David Keane A lightning flash and a thunder clap herald the arrival of two performers, Johan Thelander and Kristiina Viiala. The storm rages momentarily and then the story begins. Or rather stories. Exploring the creative process as well as the lived experience of the team, This is Not a Love Story delves into the possibilities that ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Donegal – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Frank McGuinness Director: Conall Morrison Composer: Kevin Doherty Musical Director: Conor Linehan Reviewer: David Keane The Day family’s charmed existence in Donegal is coming to an end. One time Irish country music legend Irene Day (Siobhan McCarthy) no longer pulls in the crowds and under the mismanagement of her husband Conor (Frank Laverty), her and her family are facing ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: First Love – O’ Reilly Theatre, Dublin

Director: Michael Colgan Writer: Samuel Beckett Reviewer: Liam Harrison Michael Colgan’s most recent collaboration with Barry McGovern sees them take on Samuel Beckett’s 1946 ‘novella’ First Love, a short tale of love, loss and constipation. First Love follows a current trend of adapting Beckett’s prose for stage – Lisa Dwan is currently playing No’s Knife in London’s Old Vic – ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: These Rooms – 85/86 Upper Dorset Street, Dublin

Directors: David Bolger &Louise Lowe Reviewer: Laura Marriott ANU have returned to Dublin Theatre Festival with an immersive live theatre performance created in collaboration with CoisCéim Dance Theatre Group. Together they have created These Rooms a truly unique experience that incorporates film, dance, visual art and theatre. ANU often tackle the history of Ireland. Recent years have given them ample ...

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