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Ulster American – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: David Ireland Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy An Englishman, an Ulster Unionist, and an Irish-American try to put on a play. This is not the opening line to a poorly delivered joke, but it is the premise of a poorly written play. David Ireland's Ulster American split the critics in 2018 during its Edinburgh run. It's hard to ...

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Dublin Will Show You How – The Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Tracy Martin Director: Vanessa Fielding  Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy “People don’t like young girls full of life, making noise.” Working class women suffer a double jeopardy of discrimination. They are marginalised from society by proxy of their class and they are marginalised within their class by the controlling element misogyny. Tracy Martin’s Dublin Will Show You How illuminates the weight ...

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Glasgow Girls – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: David Greig Director: Cora Bissett Composer: Cora Bissett Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy "You can't change everything, but you can change something." Glasgow Girls opens at the Abbey Theatre this week amid a sea of ongoing controversy surrounding programming at Ireland's National Theatre. Glasgow Girls is not exactly a typical Abbey production, so does it deserve its place on Ireland's national stage? ...

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Asking For It – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Louise O’Neill Adaption: Meadhbh McHugh in collaboration with Annabelle Comyn Director: Annabel Comyn Witnessing Asking For itis a small act of intervention in the hypocrisy and victim-blaming of social and legal rape culture, but it is an important one. This liquid, shifting adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s powerful novel replicates the disintegration of self when shame and trauma meet in ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Rathmines Road – Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Deirdre Kinahan Director: Jim Culleton Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne Deirdre Kinahan’s play is circular in form, unlike the bricks and mortar Rathmines Road of the title which provides the setting for the violent rape of a young woman some years ago. This event resurfaces over the period of a night, potentially changing the lives of the play’s protagonists but ultimately ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: ? – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Creators: Meltybrains? “And so it has come to our attention that there those of you out there somewhere, who are incapable of comprehending the true meaning of a meltybrain.” This reviewer must admit that she is part of that contingent. Opening with the performers, and a giant ghostly mask concealed behind a gauze, Meltybrains? lull their audience into a false ...

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FRNKNSTN – Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Michael West Director: Muireann Ahearn Reviewer: Laura Marriott “I am not the monster. I am Frankenstein” Ever since its publication two hundred years ago Frankenstein has been a hit with theatre-goers, being adapted for the stage within five years stage and devoured by the public. This is not surprising. The themes of science, creation, the supernatural and the limits ...

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Come On Home – Peacock, Dublin

Come On Home is a play steeped in tradition. At first glance, this is yet another naturalistic 'state of the nation' play.  However, writer Phillip McMahon uses this tradition to write previously marginalised stories back into Ireland's theatrical canon. Michael, played by Billy Carter, returns to his rural home-town after years of absence for his mother's funeral. His arrival at the family ...

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