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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Näher…closer, nearer, sooner – Goethe Institut, Dublin

Choreographer/Co-Deviser: Liz Roche Writer/Co-Deviser: Shane O’Reilly Reviewer: Saoirse Anton In her choreographer’s note, Liz Roche talks about Yeats’s use of his living room as a performance space, to facilitate “intimacy, privacy and immediacy” in his work. It is this closeness that makes Näher…closer, nearer, sooner as affecting and engaging as it is. A site-specific piece created to mark the opening ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: The Fattest Dancer at St Bernadette’s – The Lir, Dublin

Writer: Thommas Kane Byrne Director: Clare Maguire Reviewer: David Keane Triple threat Julian Le Blanc is up to high doh. It’s the 10thanniversary of his eponymous school of dance and drama but the upcoming celebratory show is far from perfect. There’s lots to rehearse, students with social problems, and an assistant who can’t really assist. If Ballybough Road thought it ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Sweet Sensations – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Teri Fitzgerald Director: Teri Fitzgerald Reviewer: Laura Marriott Welcome to Peafield Hospital for the Elderly. Here you will find staff and residents living in harmony. Or not. This is a hospital where the staff like a slower pace of life than that of their patients. After all, what is the point in pushing oneself too much when the day ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: I Used to Feel – The Marker Hotel, Dublin

Writer: Ailís Ní Riaín Composer: Ailís Ní Riaín Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy I Used to Feel is a painfully intimate music-theatre performance about the breakdown of communication and the challenges of mental torment. The performance, set in the luxurious surrounds of The Marker Hotel in Grand Canal Dock, challenges its audience to find their own meaning in the short 25-minute piece. ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Confirmation – The Lir, Dublin

Writer: Anthony Keigher Music: Sally Ó Dúnlaing Reviewer: Saoirse Anton “I left Anthony in Ireland and took Xnthony with me.” Confirmation is a musical memoir about growing up in Roscommon, coming out as gay, finding a new life in London, and returning home to understand it and belong in a new way. It is about finding the in-between spaces in which ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: My Dad’s Blind – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Anna Shiels-McNamee Director: Gemma Aked-Priestly Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster My Dad’s Blind, written by Anna Shiels-McNamee, who also plays the nameless female character, is an outstanding piece of work that balances humour and sorrow, pity and anger, and cynicism and sentimentality. Shiels-McNamee and David O’Meara, the only other actor, fill the Project’s upstairs space with ease, not an easy task, ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Hookers Do It Standing Up – The International Bar, Dublin

Writer: Kate McGrew Director: Kate McGrew Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Hookers Do It Standing Up is a self-proclaimed ‘stand-up hip-hop mash up’, but Lady Grew’s blend of comedy, music, performance, and activism is actually much more than that. This funny, but exposing, performance pushes the audience out of its comfort zone while also providing an entertaining evening of truly ‘fringy’ performance. ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Drip Feed – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Karen Cogan Director: Oonagh Murphy Reviewer: David Keane Brenda has made a few dubious choices. These often involve alcohol and Olivia. Olivia is Brenda’s ex-girlfriend, though Brenda struggles to accept the ‘ex’ prefix, even if it has been years. Rifling through someone else’s recyclable rubbish was never part of the plan, yet here she is. Comforted through the toughest ...

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