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Sure Look It, Fuck It – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Clare Dunne Director: Tom Creed Reviewer: Laura Marriott “I’m afraid to admit I’m tired of roaming / But it feels a weird kinda good to be home” When life doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and you find yourself living back in your childhood bedroom what can you do? Well, if you’re Missy, you draw on your eyebrows, get ...

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The Country Girls – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Edna O'Brien Adaption: Edna O'Brien Director: Graham McLaren Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy "He came home." Those three words change Kate's life forever. Kate (Grace Collender) and Baba (Lola Pettigrew) are about to embark on the adventure of their lives. Heading for St. Enda's convent school, these two teenage girls confront their own sexuality, the limits and challenges of female ...

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The Examination – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Creators: Brokentalkers Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy What do we really know about the Irish prison system? And, do we even care what goes on? These two questions sit at the forefront of The Examination, a performance about the Irish prison system. Using a blend of biography and socially engaged performance practice, Brokentalkers present a challenging task to their audience: to try ...

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Glasgow Girls – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: David Greig Director: Cora Bissett Composer: Cora Bissett Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy "You can't change everything, but you can change something." Glasgow Girls opens at the Abbey Theatre this week amid a sea of ongoing controversy surrounding programming at Ireland's National Theatre. Glasgow Girls is not exactly a typical Abbey production, so does it deserve its place on Ireland's national stage? ...

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Kracked – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Aibhe Cowley Director: Eadaoin Barrett Reviewer: Laura Marriott Uncle Tony overdosed last month and has left the future of the family business resting on Sharon’s shoulders. Will KitKats and cocaine be her saving grace or will a frantic ex, fifty debts and a recent death in the family cause her to finally crack? Sharon’s story could be pitch black; ...

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This is the Funeral of Your Life – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Creator: Louise White Director: Louise White Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Combine one actor (Lucy Miller), one pianist/mezzo-soprano (Michelle O'Rourke), and one dancer (Phillip Connaughton) and what do you get? A funeral, obviously. This is the funeral of our lives, and creator Louise White creates a charming and participatory method of presenting us with the inevitability of our own demise. Turns ...

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I’m Not Here – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Doireann Coady Director: Doireann Coady Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy "I'm remembering so that you'll never forget." Doireann Coady's brother Donal committed suicide ten years ago. This play is about him and it certainly packs an emotional punch. Coady writes, directs and performs in this one-hander at the Project Arts Centre to a packed house. I'm Not Here is emblematic of ...

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Les Misérables – Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Alain Boubil & Jean-Marc Natel Adaptation: Trevor Nunn & John Caird Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer Direction: Laurence Connor & James Powell Reviewer: Saoirse Anton After thirty-three years of near-continuous success, it’s clear that the creators of Les Misérables have done something right, and this touring production from Cameron Mackintosh is not about to buck that trend. In ...

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