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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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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Mai – Civic Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Marina Carr Director: Andrew Flynn Reviewer: Sarah Hoover The Mai demonstrates Marina Carr’s ability to gender-bend mythology and transport it into modernity, revealing the tragic consequences of single-minded passion for four generations of women. Andrew Flynn’s direction in the Decadent production focuses on the relationships between them both as mythology and as everyday women within Irish society, skilfully creating ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Mining Stories – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Creators: Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere are curators of voices, keepers of memory. The title of their documentary theatre production Mining Stories takes on a double meaning in this enthralling and challenging piece. Mining Stories presents different perspectives on the 2015 mining disaster in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The tragedy, which resulted in the death ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Multiverse – Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin

Creator: Louis Vanhaverbeke Reviewer: Laura Marriott Multiverse is an ever-evolving performance art piece that incorporates an energetic and emotive soundtrack, and subtle light changes with the almost dance-like physicality of Louis Vanhaverbeke to create an innovative and dynamic production. Perhaps the best thing about Multiverse is that every person could come away having seen and experienced something different. The responses expressed ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: For Saoirse – Axis, Dublin

Writer: Colm Keegan Director: Mark O’Brien Reviewer: Saoirse Anton For Saoirse takes place over just one eventful night. Craner’s ex, Emily, is having their baby, and Craner can do nothing right. Pulled to and fro between the admonishments of Emily’s disapproving grandmother, the ire of the unpredictable Bocker and the mysterious appearance of James Connolly,  Craner is doing his best ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Owing to the Failure of – The Workman’s Club, Dublin

Writer: Zoë Comyns Director: Catríona McLaughlin Reviewer: Saoirse Anton 19038UVABY In the small Vintage Room of Workman’s, an audience listens to sounds, sounds that tell a story. As ZoëComyns reminds us, none of us can ever experience true silence, there is always sound. But what effects can those sounds have? Set up like a live podcast, Owing to the Failure ...

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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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