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Monster? – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Emily Gillmor Murphy Director: Karl Shiels Reviewer: David Keane In a world that seems full of endless choices, Nell is suddenly faced with the reality that hers have become very limited. After a drunken night with friend-turned-fling Adam, a seemingly sweet but naïve garda, Nell finds herself pregnant. “Up the duff”. “A bun in the oven”. However she describes ...

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From Eden – Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt, Dublin

Writer: Stephen Jones Director: Karl Shiels Reviewer: Saoirse Anton Stephen Jones’ From Eden documents just one conversation between two strangers one New Year’s Eve, but through its acerbic comedy and stark storytelling it is a show that will prey on audiences’ minds long after they have left the theatre. Jones’ writing is well-balanced, keeping the heavy issues tackled in the ...

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A Boy Called Nedd – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Emily Gillmor Murphy Director: Karl Shiels Reviewer: David Doyle Bereavement and burgeoning sexuality meet in Emily Gillmor Murphy’s A Boy Called Nedd. It’s not a new premise and from Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening in the 1890s onwards the subject has provided fertile ground for many writers and given the amount of work that has been produced on the subject ...

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Hollow Ground – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Katie McCann Director: Karl Shiels Reviewer: Laura Marriott The Theatre Upstairs can be easy to miss but it would be a shame to walk past without going inside. Located above a bar on Eden Quay in central Dublin, it faces out onto the River Liffey making it one of the most surprisingly beautiful of the smaller, independent theatre spaces ...

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Leper and Chip – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Lee Coffey Director: Karl Shiels Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Presented by Bitter Like a Lemon and Theatre Upstairs Lee Coffey’s new play Leper and Chip thrilled its audience at its opening performance in Temple Bar’s Project Arts Centre. Set in modern, urban Dublin, the play follows the journey of two characters, Leper and Chip, as they navigate Dublin’s treacherous underworld. ...

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Preview: Petals – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Gillian Greer Director: Karl Shiels Written by new Irish playwright Gillian Greer and produced by Roadkill Productions,Petalsis a new play about"one girl's journey to the night of a lifetime and the trail of longing, lust and loss she finds along the way." Greer has writtenPetalsentirely in verse and deals with adolescent sexual awakening, religion and the effects of societal ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Spinning – Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Deirdre Kinahan Director: Jim Culleton Reviewer: Megan W. Minogue In the post-show discussion, playwright Deirdre Kinahan described her latest play, Spinning, as being about an ‘old fashioned Irish man living in a contemporary world.’ Conor (Karl Shiels) is the man at the centre of the play, and his character’s descent, spinning out of control after one impulse decision, is ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Critic – The Culture Box, Dublin.

Presented by: Rough Magic Written by: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Directed by: Lynne Parker Reviewed by: Ciara Murphy [Rating:4.0] With its adaptation of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s play of the same name, Rough Magic’s The Critic carries the audience from 18th century Covent Garden to 21st century Temple Bar. The audience soon realises that these two places are more alike than you ...

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