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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: I’m Not Here – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Doireann Coady Director: Doireann Coady Reviewer: David Keane A vigil takes place but this is one like no other.  The ritual is repetitive, obsessive, and full of rumination.  A woman, Doireann, presides over the ceremony. It is witnessed by the stage manager, Gemma, and the audience. We are there. She is there. Her brother is not. I’m Not Here ...

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Late Company – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Jordan Tannahill Director: Michael Yale Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If you were a couple whose teenage son had died, perhaps the last thing you would do is to invite one of the classmates that had bullied him to suicide and his parents for a conciliatory meal. Perhaps they do restorative justice differently in Canada. Jordan Tannahill’s taut and moving play, ...

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Dust – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

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Writer: Milly Thomas Reviewer: James Napleton A profane and wickedly morose show, explicit and often gruesome in sexual detail, Dust is a supernatural adventure of life after death. The story follows a girl called Alice, a university graduate, who has recently taken her own life. Performed and written by Milly Thomas, the play has an incredibly vivid and forensic quality ...

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In The Depths of Dead Love – The Print Room, London

Writer: Howard Barker Director: Gerrard MacArthur Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the depths of the countryside, there is a bottomless well guarded by a poet. Citizens pay him to throw themselves in – or, if they choose not to commit suicide, pay again to leave. A local gentlewoman is a frequent visitor, who pays over and over but always chooses not ...

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Steel Tumbleweed – Courtyard Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Dan Dawes Reviewer: Heather Deacon New playwrights have been given an absolute wealth of new subjects (however familiar) to write about nowadays given all the tragedy, political chaos and despair of recent times. Dan Dawes’Steel Tumbleweed grasps this by using the Bridgend suicides of 2009 as a catalyst to address the desperation of the young today, as ...

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Every Brilliant Thing – Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Duncan Macmillan assisted by Jonny Donahoe Director: George Perrin Reviewer: Joan Phillips When someone close to us dies prematurely, it is easy to feel robbed and it takes time to make sense of. If your own mother commits suicide you are going to take a long time to try and make sense of what happened. Every Brilliant Thing introduces ...

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