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REDPILL – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Liam Hallahan Director: Paul Doran Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster REDPILL is arguably as timely as a piece of contemporary theatre can be, seeking to explain, as it does, one of the most bizarre, dangerous, and popular, online communities. That community is, generally speaking, men who have been “redpilled”, ie have come to understand that the reason they are unsuccessful in relationships ...

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Forever – Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Dael Orlandersmith Director: Neel Keller Reviewer: Liam Harrison Dael Orlandersmith’s Forever is a semi-autobiographical monologue centred on two lives. It is a celebration of Orlandersmith’s own life in Paris, visiting the graves of kindred spirits – Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust – at Père Lachaise Cemetery. It is also a mourning for the life of her Mother, Beula, ...

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The David Fragments – Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin

Director: Nicholas Johnson Translator: Nicholas Johnson Adaptor: David Shepherd and The David Ensemble Reviewer: Liam Harrison In 1920’s Munich the young Bertolt Brecht aspired to make his name writing a play about the biblical David. Yet Brecht’s David never became more than a flurry of contradictory notes and sporadic scenes, material which is now taken up by Nicholas Johnson, David ...

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Futureproof – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Lynda Radley Director: Tom Creed Reviewer: Laura Marriott Futureproof opened for the first time in Dublin tonight at the Project Arts Centre. This intriguing play by Lynda Radley had a previous outing several years ago in Scotland where it was well received and won an award at the Fringe Festival in 2011. The new artistic director of Cork Everyman ...

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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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Charlie’s A Clepto – Axis, Dublin

Writer: Claire Monnelly Director: Aaron Monaghan Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster First of all, the spelling mistake: it’s intentional, and forms a key part of this narrative, wherein the eponymous Charlie recounts key aspects of her life that lead her to this day, a sacred 24 hours, where if she can only keep out of trouble, she’ll prove that she’s capable of ...

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Giselle – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Choreography: Ludovic Ondivela Design: Maree Kearns Music: Adolphe Adam Reviewer: Clara Mallon With a successful history of traditional classics, Giselle is an unsurprising venture for Ballet Ireland. Regarded as one of the greatest romantic ballets, the story of love and betrayal has stood the test of time and remains popular among contemporary audiences. Ludovic Ondiviela’s promise of approaching this classic ...

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Running With Dinosaurs – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Nadine Flynn Director: Lee Wilson Reviewer: David Keane Jay is a young Dubliner, living with his mother and siblings in an overcrowded flat in the city. Much to Jay’s objection his grandfather has recently been shipped off to a nursing home to give the family a bit more space, leaving Jay as the eldest man in the family home. ...

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