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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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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Spliced – St. Michan’s Park, Dublin

Writer: Timmy Creed Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster Although Spliced largely focuses on Timmy Creed’s relationship with his local GAA club, and specifically hurling, the fact that it is set in a handball alley is arguably the most important element of this show. This allows Creed to constantly puck around a sliotar, animating his speech with direct, hard action. He is rarely ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: The Friday Night Effect – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writters: Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan Reviewer: Sarah Hoover It is always a challenge to introduce alternate methods of storytelling to audiences more familiar with straightforward narrative. While The Friday Night Effect does so with a simple mechanism, it promises more agency in its audience interaction than it actually delivers. From the beginning, instructions to the audience are contradictory. “By ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady – Peacock, Dublin

Creators: Amanda Coogan, Lianne Quigley, Alvean Jones, Breda O’Grady, Valerie Moore, and Paula Clarke Director: Amanda Coogan Reviewer: Sarah Hoover Live art that both illuminates and challenges is based in intentionality. From the moment the audience walks into the Peacock box office for Amanda Coogan’s Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady, we are guided by kind hands into a ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Toilers – The Lir, Dublin

Writer: Susanne R. Day Adaption: Painted Bird Director: Fiona McGeown Reviewer: Sarah Hoover As with many performances of archival material, Toilers dips in and out of its originating impulses, the life and writing of Irish feminist actor, writer, activist and nurse Susanne R. Day. Acted with poise and energy by Julie Maguire, Leah Moore and Seána O’Hanlon, the play takes ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: We Are A Tribe – The Chocolate Factory, Dublin

Creator: I Have a Tribe Reviewer: Sarah Hoover A classic theatre game, Music Machine, involves each part of a group repeating a specific noise (pop, hum, clap, crow, etc), and a leader directing the volume and rhythm of each section. Patrick O Laoghaire’s unique, sampled folk-pop sound as I Have a Tribe is opened up in We Are a Tribe ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Polar Night – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Nadine Flynn and Aaron Stapleton Director: Aaron Stapleton Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Set in an undisclosed town in Northern Europe where the sun ceases to shine in winter, Polar Night explores the impact of darkness on one dysfunctional family. Rose (Myrn Devaney) hasn't seen her mother Helen (Noelle Brown) in ten years. Arriving on her doorstep in the depth of ...

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