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Deadline! – Offices of the Dublin Correspondent 62 Mountjoy Square West, Dublin

Creator: Conor O’Toole

Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy

Editor Conor O’Toole has to get the paper done, and he only has an hour to do it. Joined in his studio apartment (I mean his newspaper offices) by a group of willing participants, we get to work on the latest issue of The Dublin Correspondaent (yes the misspelling is on purpose….obviously!)

Shows like this are exactly what the Dublin Fringe Festival is about. As O’Toole assigns us all journalistic tasks he keeps contributor morale up by playing us a selection of retro tunes on his vinyl player. It brings this reviewer back to her time writing for student newspapers. It is that kind of vibe, what’s not to like?

The simplicity of the show is its success, and it is ultimately great fun. O’Toole himself is charismatic and welcoming with the right bite of editorial passive-agressiveness. The show also brings out the best in human humour and compassion as the audience share personal anecdotes in order to provide some headline news. There is a communal wave of sympathy for the man who has had his flat robbed by a housemate’s night time liason, providing us with our leading news story – a crime of passion indeed!

This interactive comedy show is a welcome antidote to Ireland’s moribund news cycle. There’s no fake news here, only plenty of spin and an abundance of cute animal photos. Be part of something creative this Dublin Fringe Festival and get yourself over to The Dublin Correspondaent.

Runs until 24 September 2017 | Image: Conor O’Toole

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