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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Richard III – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Garry Hynes Reviewer: Sarah Hoover Richard III (played with a nod to Antony Sher’s 1984 ‘bottle spider’ on two sticks by Druid favourite Aaron Monaghan) is a Teflon courtier; there is no good reason that his insectile climb up the ladder towards kingship isn’t thwarted. Why does Lady Anne (Siobhán Cullen) accept his marriage proposal, made ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Bystander – axis :Ballymun, Dublin

Choreographers: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, and Cast Directors: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, and Cast Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy What would it take for you to help someone, to get involved? This question is at the core of Junk Ensemble’s latest production The Bystander. No answer is provided, but that’s the point. In 1964 Kitty Genovese was murdered outside of her ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Company – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Sarah Jane Scaife Reviewer: Saoirse Anton Published in 1980, Company seems an unlikely candidate for a stage adaptation, a radio play perhaps, but the story of a man lying alone on his back in the dark considering his past and current existence does not seem like a piece for theatre. However, since its publication, Company has prompted a ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Nassim – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Nassim Soleimanpour Director: Omar Elerian Reviewer: Laura Marriott Nassim is an unconventional play by an unconventional playwright. Nassim Soleimanpour is a multi-disciplinary theatre-maker from Iran. He has a history of creating experimental, one-of-a-kind productions and Nassim is no different. As the title suggests this is a personal and vulnerable piece of work from the playwright. Each night a different actor ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Patient Gloria – Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Gina Moxley Director: John McIlduff Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy “Good girls don’t say no. It’s not polite to say no”, so says Gina Moxley in her new production The Patient Gloria. Moxley’s self-professed mash-up of stand-up comedy, historical re-enactment, and rock music explores the politics associated with female desire and contemporary feminism. This is a lot of genre for ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Misfits – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Arthur Miller, reimagined by Annie Ryan Director: Annie Ryan Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster Adapting a famous movie for the stage is often a tricky process, as it inevitably draws comparisons with the original. Arthur Miller’s The Misfits (1961), directed by John Huston and starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift, the former two in their final roles, comprises one of ...

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