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The Match Box – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Richard Baron Writer: Frank McGuinness  Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Frank McGuinness is oft-cited as one of Ireland’s greatest dramatists. In his 90-minute, one-act, one-woman monologue The Match Box, McGuinness offers a running commentary in the headspace of a woman on the verge. The barren set is a metaphor for McGuinness’ protagonist. Sal has little joy in her world. Her story ...

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The Match Box – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Frank McGuinness Director: Richard Baron Reviewer: Emily Hall In ninety minutes acclaimed Irish playwright Frank McGuinness depicts the complete transformation of single Irish mother upon the sudden loss of her twelve year old daughter. Dark and captivating, the Scottish premiere of The Match Box at Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh unsettles as much as it compels. Janet Coulson delivers the ...

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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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Signatories – Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

Writers: Emma Donohue, Thomas Kilroy, Hugo Hamilton, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Marina Carr, and Joseph O’ Connor. Director: Patrick Mason Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy Marking the weekend of the (actual) 1916 Rising is Signatories which begins its life in the vast historic space that is Kilmainham Gaol. Produced by Verdant Productions, eight prominent Irish writers were approached ...

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Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer: Frank McGuinness Director: Michael Attenborough Reviewer: Niall Harman This revival of Frank McGuinness’s Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me opens with a recording of Ella Fitzgerald singing the Gershwin classic that lent the play its name. Yet the warmth of Fitzgerald’s voice could not contrast more with the scene on stage at the Minerva Theatre as the lights come up. ...

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Dolly West’s Kitchen – The Studio at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Frank McGuinness Director: Colin Peter Reviewer: Rachael Hickman The legalisation of gay marriage in Ireland, has been described as a “defeat for humanity” by a senior Vatican official. Frank McGuinness’ play premiered in Dublin in 1999 at the Abbey Theatre, and today Leith Theatre bring to youhis Chekhovian play that questions the Irish neutrality in the war. It seemsDolly ...

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Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me – Joshua Brooks, Manchester

Writer: Frank McGuinness Director: Colin Connor Reviewer: Brian Gorman Three characters on a single set... Three totally committed actors play out Frank McGuinness’s modern classic in a completely appropriate setting; the basement of Joshua Brooks pub. Bare brick walls, harsh lighting, claustrophobic black flats, this is a play that stands or falls on its actors. The well-known real-life tale of ...

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