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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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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Hamlet – Gate Theatre, Dublin

Writer: William Shakespeare  Director: Yaël Farber  Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy “Now might I do it”. The closing quotation of Yaël Farber’s director’s note signals a willingness to try. To try to bring new meaning to Shakespeare’s Hamlet. A Hamlet for our times, perhaps. However, this contemporary production raises one question for this reviewer: why? Alas, this question remains unanswered. It is clear ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Fantasia – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Director: Anna Karasińska Reviewer: Saoirse Anton In writing about Anna Karasińska, theatre critic Tomasz Plata coined the term “post-theatre” to describe her work which pushes aside many traditional theatre techniques and conventions, in order to create theatre that does not rely on theatrical illusion or the fourth wall. As her latest work, Fantasia takes to the stage and we see ...

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