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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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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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The Train – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Arthur Riordan Composer: Bill Whelan Director: Lynne Parker Reviewer: Saoirse Anton   “We’ll show the old farts who maintain their dominance Over our constituent parts The time is near, to kick against the pricks Sign up here, for gender politics.” Just minutes down the road from the Abbey Theatre, at Connolly Station on the 22nd May 1971, members of ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Train – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Director: Lynne Parker Script and Lyrics: Arthur Riordan Music: Bill Whelan Music Director: Cathal Synnott Reviewer: Liam Harrison “A woman can be anything she wants to be” – the lie told to Irish schoolgirls throughout the 20th Century gets a thorough exploration in Rough Magic’s musical about the Belfast contraception train. You can be anything you want unless you want ...

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Famished Castle – Pavilion Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Hilary Fannin Director: Lynne Parker Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Rough Magic present the world premiere of Hilary Fannin'sFamished Castle, a jarring look at contemporary Irish society. Ex-lovers Nat (Raymond Scannell) and Angie (Aislin McGuckin) meet again at Dublin airport after ten years of separation. Nat's father Tom (Vinnie McCabe) is wasting away in hospital, losing his mind to old ...

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Everything Between Us – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: David Ireland Director: Sophie Motley Reviewer: Ciara Murphy It is the first day of Belfast's 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission' when spokesperson for the Unionist side Sandra Richardson's (Abigail McGibbon) sister Teeni (Stacey Gregg) storms government buildings looking for her. Once the chaos of this interruption subsides it becomes clear that these two women have not laid eyes on each ...

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Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival Award Winners

With 84 shows taking place over the 16 day run, the Tiger Dublin Fringe festival has been a creative melting pot for both new and seasoned artists and companies. The Tiger Dublin Fringe Awards for 2014 have been announced and with a number of exciting new categories it made for a very exciting night. The atmosphere was one of triumph ...

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TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE: How to Keep an Alien – Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

Sonya Kelly

Writer and Performer: Sonya Kelly Director: Gina Moxley Reviewer: Monica Insinga Opening night of the world premiere of Sonya Kelly’s new autobiographical solo show, How to Keep an Alien, could not have gone any better. Developed under Kelly’s participation in Rough Magic’s ADVANCE programme, the show opened last night to a roaring crowd, that thanks to Kelly’s trademark comedian style, ...

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