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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Guerrilla – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Conceived:El Conde de Torrefiel Reviewer: Sarah Hoover The challenge in describing Guerrilla by young Spanish troupe El Conde de Torrefiel is that words intellectualise its visceral, affective experience, which is exactly what Guerrilla, directed by Tanya Beyeler and Pablo Gisbert, uses them to do. Surtitles (by Pablo Gisbert) projected in clean white letters against the filmic set (by Blanca Añón) ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Remains of Maisie Duggan – Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Carmel Winters Director: Ellen McDougall Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy Maisie Duggan (Bríd Ní Neachtain) has died, or at least she thinks she has. Her daughter, Kathleen (Rachel O’ Byrne), returns home to Ireland for the first time in decades in order to bury her mother, whom as it turns out is not dead at all. The production opens on ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Ancient Rain – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Director: Chris Drummond Composers: Paul Kelly, Feargal Murray, Camille O’Sullivan Reviewer: David Keane Inspired by last 100 years of Irish poetry and centring around the theme of the four elements, Ancient Rain provides an aural exploration of Ireland’s past and present. Poetry ranging from Seamus Heaney to Paula Meehan is used as a platform from which Irish performer Camille O’ ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Crisis Meeting – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Bjarni Jónsson Director: Friðgneir Einarsson Reviewer: Saoirse Anton During Crisis Meeting, one of the performers tells the audience that “Simplicity is very complicated.” This line, in a few different ways, encapsulates the production quite effectively. Inviting the audience to share in their experiences, working methods, and arts council application process, the three members of Kriðpleir Theatre Group decide to ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Helen and I – Civic Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Maedbh McHugh Director: Annanbelle Comyn Reviewer: Sarah Hoover The heat is on in Helen and I, a Druid world premiere by new playwright Meadhbh McHugh, and so is the pressure. Sisters Lynn and Helen set up camp in their childhood home to nurse their father in his final days, and on the sunken stage-in-the-round the pressure continues to increase ...

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