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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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Fizzy Drinks With Two Straws – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Joyce Dignam Directors: Joyce Dignam and Meabh Hennelly Reviewer: Laura Marriott Tea + Toast Theatre Company are presenting their entertaining short play Fizzy Drinks With Two Straws at Dublin’s Theatre Upstairs. The play previously premiered at Smock Alley Theatre’s Scene and Heard Festival, which gives theatre makers the chance to present and workshop new writing. It is interesting to ...

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Test Dummy – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Caitríona Daly Director: Louise Lowe Reviewer: Sarah O'Toole Though written well before its publication, this riveting 45-minute monologue has a couple of important things in common with Eimear McBride’s recent novel The Lesser Bohemians. It presents a deliberately complicated picture of female sexuality and the fine line between longing and self-destruction, but also its arc describes a process of reoccupation ...

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Venom So Sweet – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Roger Gregg Director: James O’Connor Reviewer: Laura Marriott ‘My name is Legion, for we are many.’ Dublin’s Theatre Upstairs has been much missed during its period of renovation. It has come back strong with this powerful and startling first performance of Venom So Sweet. In the centre of the stage stands the outline of what could be a cage. ...

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Revolver – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Seanan McDonnell Director: Matthew Ralli Reviewer: David Keane In a slightly skewed reality Aodh and Bea are on their first date. Only it isn’t exactly the first time they’ve met. Thanks to the services of everlast.com, a controversial dating agency, users no longer have to tolerate an awkward or unpleasant evening. They don’t have to walk out on it ...

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Aisling’s Seven – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Director: Cian Ó Ceallacháin Writer: Cian Ó Ceallacháin Reviewer: David Keane Fresh from this year’s Scene + Heard Festival, Aisling’s Seven has been developed over the last few months from a short work-in-progress to a fully fledged piece of theatre. Presented by “professional messers” Underdog Theatre Productions this is the story of the eponymous Aisling (Susan Barrett) and her boyfriend ...

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The Bells Of – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Barry McEvoy Director: Louisa Sanfey Reviewer: David Doyle In the small-town America of Barry McEvoy’s The Bells Of something has gone wrong. Old men build bombs, and blind children sing requiems for the dead. It’s an intriguing look at a world that is both utterly familiar and wildly unknown. Influenced by the absurd postmodernism of American authors like David ...

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Going Spare – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Siobhán Donnellan Director: Aoife Connolly Reviewer: David Keane Trying to make sense of her experiences, Maisie (Siobhán Donnellan) finds herself sitting in front of Bridget at a psychic fair. Caught up in grief Maisie is willing to give anything a go if it will provide her with the comfort she craves. As Maisie struggles with her circumstances the audiencebecome ...

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