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INTERVIEW: Megan O’ Malley talks about her new play HOME

HOME is premiering in The New Theatre next week. Presented as a work in progress at last year’s Scene + Heard festival, Handy Baker Theatre Company are bringing a full production of this work to Irish audiences. Dealing with the topical issue of abortion in Ireland, HOME places its audience in the unique position of become both judge and jury ...

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Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Anne Washburn Director: Ronan Phelan Reviewer: Clíona O'Connell   "This is a cartoon. That's what we're doing. You keep trying to turn it into a drama." Indeed Anne Washburn's clever dark comedy set in a post-nuclear disaster America does just that. Set over the course of three acts, Washburn uses the dramatic structure to imagine the future of society ...

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Molly – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Writer: James Joyce Adaption: Tara Breathnach and Petal Pilley Director: Petal Pilley A hot-bed of feminine power and sexuality, Tara Breathnach’s one-woman show is a vivid and timely adaption of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Focusing on the book’s final soliloquy, this powerhouse of female agency is a welcome contribution to the Town Hall Theatre programme. It is hard to tackle Joyce’s ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Second Violinist – O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: Enda Walsh Reviewer: Sarah Hoover The Second Violinist produces a series of after-images both literal and figurative. Like a camera flash, it reappears for some time after its conclusion. In this contemporary opera written by Enda Walsh and composed by Donnacha Dennehy for Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera, the life of a protagonist who tortures ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Melt – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Shane Mac an Bhaird Director: Lynne Parker Reviewer: Sarah Hoover Rough Magic’s latest production, Melt, twists and turns in a two-and-a-half hour journey that feels like 30 minutes. The tension never lets up and the strangeness just increases as Shane Mac an Bhaird’s “sophisticated fairytale” uncoils. With Owen Roe heading up the cast, the close-quarterted space of Smock Alley ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Sin Eaters – Pigeon House Lab, Dublin

Director: Louise Lowe Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy ANU Productions have become a much anticipated part of the annual Dublin Theatre Festival. This year's sold-out offering The Sin Eaters continues the trend of examining hidden histories and highlighting social inequity. Set in the industrial surrounds of the Dublin Docklands, this show offers its audience a chance to look deeply into the Irish ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Come Away with Me to the End of the World – Samuel Beckett, Dublin

Writers: Heather Bolton, Beth Buchanan, Adriano Cortese, Raimondo Cortese and Patrick Moffatt Director: Adriano Cortese Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster Come Away with Me to the End of the World certainly contained the kernel of an intriguing idea, but regrettably it was lost in its own self-willed ambiguities. Heather Bolton, Beth Buchanan and Patrick Moffatt wander throughout a desolate stage, discussing their ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Nora – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Belinda McKeon in collaboration with Annie Ryan Director: Eoghan Carrick Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 classic, A Doll’s House, gets a contemporary shake-up in this new production by The Corn Exchange. Nora, played by Annie Ryan, lives in an underground mansion with her husband Turlough (Declan Conlon) and her daughter Emmy (Venetia Bowe). The reason that it ...

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