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Uprising – Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Tara McKevitt Director: Mary Moynihan Reviewer: Caitriona M. Reilly Uprising is the second piece to be performed at the Lyric Theatre as part Smashing Times Theatre Company’s, The Memory Project. The performance is described as a ‘fusion of text, movements and dance’; a ‘multi-disciplinary performance exploring memories and experiences of war and peace in Northern Ireland and internationally’. Uprising ...

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Thou Shalt Not Kill – Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Paul Kennedy (Commissioned and based on research and stories from Smashing Times Theatre Company) Director: Mary Moynihan Reviewer: Caitriona M. Reilly Smashing Times Theatre Company brings their The Memory Project featuring performances of Uprising and Thou Shalt Not Kill to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. The Memory Project is described as an ‘innovative, groundbreaking arts project using theatre and ...

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Weighing In – Civic Theatre, Dublin

Director: Caroline Fitzgerald Writer: Ger Gallagher Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Weighing In is the bolshie new comedy by Ger Gallagher and presented by Cailín Deas Productions. Loud, funny and a triumph with its audience, anyone who has ever been to a Weight Watchers meeting will feel an immediate sense of familiarity (and dread) with the first mention of points, calorie calculators ...

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Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London – The New Theatre, Dublin

Director: Lucy Skilbeck Writer: Alison Skilbeck Reviewer: Westley Barnes As the Cuban Missile Crisis threatens a worldview which she fought so fearlessly in creating, that of peace and international unity in the face of social upheaval, Eleanor Roosevelt, the “first Lady of The World”, recounts the most triumphal and testing moments of her life. Alison Skilbeck’s Eleanor is a captivating ...

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The Trials of Oscar Wilde – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Writer: Merlin Holland and John O’Connor Director: Peter Craze Reviewer: Megan W. Minogue Writer Merlin Holland is the only grandson of Oscar Wilde, and it is clear that The Trials of Oscar Wilde, presented by the European Arts Company, is in many ways a labour of love. The attention to detail concerning the facts of Oscar Wilde’s two trials, one ...

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Here & Now – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Director: Veronica Dyas Writer: Veronica Dyas Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster The Project Arts Centre can be a difficult place for someone with a limited budget, given the size of the stage, and this is the first problem that Veronica Dyas’ piece runs into. There is so much space that needs to be filled, and it feels that the multiple televisions, fake ...

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The Dressers – The Teacher’s Club, Dublin

Writers: David Malcolm and Michael Cotton Director: Mark Pollard Reviewer: Bryan Hogan The Dressers premieres at the 11th International Dublin Gay theatre festival. It is written by and starring David Malcolm and Michael Cotton. Mark Pollard, festival ambassador will be directing for 20-20 Productions. Billed as a musical comedy about the lives of the backstage crew of a West End ...

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IDGTF: Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho – The New Theatre, Dublin

Director: Jon Brittain Writers: Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford Reviewer: Bryan Hogan Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho is presented at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. Originally a ten minute short presented at Thatcher Write, a festival of short plays inspired by Margaret Thatcher, it also had a Christmas run at Theatre503 and comes via Brighton Fringe. The lady is ...

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