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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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GIAF: Baoite – An Taibhdhearc, Gallimh

Scríbhneoir/Writer: Darach Mac Con Iomaire Stiúrthóir/Director: Darach Mac Con Iomaire Léirmheastóir/Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Historically speaking, theatre and literature in the Irish language has been an artistic tool of subversion. A challenge to the status quo. A means of expressing those stories that remain hidden. Darach Mac Con Iomaire's co-production between An Taibhdhearc and the Abbey Theatre actively draws on this ...

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On Raftery’s Hill – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Marina Carr Director: Caitriona McLaughlin Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy On Raftery's Hill premiered to Irish and British audiences in the year 2000, and has been seldom produced since. In 2018, it makes its debut on the Abbey Theatre stage. The Abbey Theatre’s decision to stage Carr’s most controversial play is interestingly framed by the current discourse in Irish society ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Dummy – Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Peter Dunne Director: Sarah Finlay Reviewer: David Keane Growing up in the shadow cast by their father’s limelight wasn’t easy for Dolly and Teddy, especially when Daddy was a notoriously bad ventriloquist with emotional issues. This lack of stability resulted in their mother leaving and Teddy eventually having his own breakdown. Following in daddy’s footsteps, Dolly (Niamh McGrath) has ...

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Katie Roche – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Teresa Deevy Director: Caroline Byrne Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy   It has been a long time since Teresa Deevy’s work has graced the stage of the national theatre, and Katie Roche is a fitting return to form. According to the programme note, this is a play about ‘survival’. This is appropriate when one considers that Deevy’s work has struggled ...

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Room – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Emma Donoghue Music and Lyrics: Cora Bissett and Kathryn Joseph Director: Cora Bissett Reviewer: Sarah Hoover Jack (Taye Kassim Junaid-Evans) is five, and his world is simple. In fact, it’s not a world, it’s a room. The real world, when Ma’s rescue plot brings it crashing in, is huge and fast and there are no easy answers. Jack’s vision ...

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The Train – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Arthur Riordan Composer: Bill Whelan Director: Lynne Parker Reviewer: Saoirse Anton   “We’ll show the old farts who maintain their dominance Over our constituent parts The time is near, to kick against the pricks Sign up here, for gender politics.” Just minutes down the road from the Abbey Theatre, at Connolly Station on the 22nd May 1971, members of ...

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Anna Karenina – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Leo Tolstoy Adaption: Marina Carr Director: Wayne Jordan Reviewer: Ciara L Murphy “It’ll be a long time before men will let women be and it’ll be even longer before women will leave women alone.” Leo Tolstoy’s classic Anna Karenina is brought to the Abbey stage this festive season in a new version by Marina Carr. This smoulderingly tense adaptation brings a ...

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