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On Raftery’s Hill – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Marina Carr Director: Caitriona McLaughlin Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy On Raftery's Hill premiered to Irish and British audiences in the year 2000, and has been seldom produced since. In 2018, it makes its debut on the Abbey Theatre stage. The Abbey Theatre’s decision to stage Carr’s most controversial play is interestingly framed by the current discourse in Irish society ...

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Anna Karenina – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Leo Tolstoy Adaption: Marina Carr Director: Wayne Jordan Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy “It’ll be a long time before men will let women be and it’ll be even longer before women will leave women alone.” Leo Tolstoy’s classic Anna Karenina is brought to the Abbey stage this festive season in a new version by Marina Carr. This smoulderingly tense adaptation brings a ...

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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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Hecuba – Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Writer: Euripides (Adapted by Marina Carr) Director: Erica Whyman Reviewer: Katy Roberts Kicking off the RSC's Autumn/Winter season in the Swan Theatre is Marina Carr's fiercely compelling reimagining of Euripides' tragedy, Hecuba. Directed by Erica Whyman, this is a production retold for a modern audience, putting Derbhle Crotty's grief-stricken Hecuba, and her struggle to hold onto her sanity in the ...

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By the Bog of Cats – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Marina Carr Director: Selina Cartmell Reviewer: Cormac O’Brien Ever since its original Abbey debut in 1998, Marina Carr’s By The Bog of Cats has taken its place in the canon of contemporary Irish dramatic classics. Considered by many to be the best of her “Midlands Trilogy” (comprising of her breakthrough The Mai in 1994, followed by Portia Coughlan in ...

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Woman and Scarecrow – Brewery Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Marina Carr Director: Siobhán Cannon-Brownlie Reviewer: Kris Hallett A woman lies on her death bed; mourning a lifetime of missed opportunity, of a life only half lived. Mother to eight children, wife to an unfaithful spouse, she whiles away her last hours with her alter ego Scarecrow; talking about memories of her past life with unshed tears and desperate, ...

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Portia Coughlan – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Marina Carr Director: Bronagh Lagan Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Director Bronagh Lagan turns the small space at the Old Red Lion into a cauldron with her revival of Marina Carr’s harrowing drama, last seen in London at the Royal Court in 1996. Set in a small lakeside town in modern day rural Ireland, the play centres on a family ...

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