Dopa-Mean Girl – Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

Reviewer: Fiona Jackson

Writer and Performer: Louisa Ní Éideáin

Director: Franziska Detrez

Louisa embarks on a captivating musical journey, delving into the profound impact of her late ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) diagnosis. Fluent in English, Irish, and adding the occasional touch of French, she masterfully guides the audience through a cabaret-style performance that traverses her life from the moment of diagnosis at the age of thirty-eight, back to the formative years of her childhood. Throughout this narrative, Louisa sheds light on the profound influence both her condition and societal expectations have had on her.

Notable highlights of the show include Louisa’s intriguing mood board conspiracy, her thought-provoking commentary on gold stars and corporate facades, and the undeniable allure of glitter. Furthermore, her frequent incorporation of the Irish language into her storytelling adds a unique and culturally rich layer to the performance. For many in the audience, the use of Irish may have been a distant memory since their Leaving Certificate days, making this revival of the language in a contemporary context a truly exceptional experience. It serves as a testament to Irish’s vitality beyond traditional Gaeltacht regions or television screens.

In my assessment, I have awarded this show a rating of 3 stars, primarily for its unfiltered honesty and heartfelt presentation. While immensely enjoyable, it does exhibit certain areas where refinement could enhance the overall experience. Nevertheless, I firmly believe that any perceived rough edges are opportunities for growth that Louisa can readily overcome in future productions. I wholeheartedly recommend both this show and Louisa herself to those seeking a deeper understanding of contemporary life in Ireland.

Please note that this show contains references to mental health and suicide.

Runs until 16th September 2023.

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