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FRNKNSTN – Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Michael West Director: Muireann Ahearn Reviewer: Laura Marriott “I am not the monster. I am Frankenstein” Ever since its publication two hundred years ago Frankenstein has been a hit with theatre-goers, being adapted for the stage within five years stage and devoured by the public. This is not surprising. The themes of science, creation, the supernatural and the limits ...

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The Comedy of Errors, Smock Alley Theatre – Dublin

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Liam Halligan Reviewer: Laura Marriott “What? Did I marry her in my sleep?” Two sets of twins separated at birth, a nun, a possible execution, a bondsman with a baton, a goldsmith lacking in gold, an over-enthusiastic kitchen maid, a wife, a mistress, infidelity, a tempest, demonic possession and a subversive sister. It can only be ...

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The Shaughraun – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Dion Boucicault Director: Clare Maguire Reviewer: Laura Marriott The Shaughraun is a melodrama by Irish playwright and actor Dion Boucicault. In the small village of Suil-a-beg, County Sligo, mystery, intrigue and drama unfold as a vast range of absurd, exciting and interconnected events set the scene for a night of fun and frivolity. It is difficult to introduce the ...

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Come On Home – Peacock, Dublin

Come On Home is a play steeped in tradition. At first glance, this is yet another naturalistic ‘state of the nation’ play.  However, writer Phillip McMahon uses this tradition to write previously marginalised stories back into Ireland’s theatrical canon. Michael, played by Billy Carter, returns to his rural home-town after years of absence for his mother’s funeral. His arrival at the family ...

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GIAF: Baoite – An Taibhdhearc, Gallimh

Scríbhneoir/Writer: Darach Mac Con Iomaire Stiúrthóir/Director: Darach Mac Con Iomaire Léirmheastóir/Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Historically speaking, theatre and literature in the Irish language has been an artistic tool of subversion. A challenge to the status quo. A means of expressing those stories that remain hidden. Darach Mac Con Iomaire’s co-production between An Taibhdhearc and the Abbey Theatre actively draws on this ...

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On Raftery’s Hill – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Marina Carr Director: Caitriona McLaughlin Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy On Raftery’s Hill premiered to Irish and British audiences in the year 2000, and has been seldom produced since. In 2018, it makes its debut on the Abbey Theatre stage. The Abbey Theatre’s decision to stage Carr’s most controversial play is interestingly framed by the current discourse in Irish society ...

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INTERVIEW with Sarah Hoover, creator of Two Truths

Two Truths is an interactive theatre game, created by Sarah Hoover, and will be running in the 2018 Galway Theatre Festival at the start of May. Ciara Murphy caught up with the production’s creator to get a sense of what the show is about. What is Two Truths? It’s theatre you can win. It’s theatre disguised as a game. There ...

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