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RED – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: John Logan Director: Emma Jordan Reviewer: Colm G Doran ‘…Red’ It is the title that frames this co-production by Prime Cut Productions and The Lyric, uttered by a spluttering Ken played by Thomas Finnegan in answer to the indomitable artist Mark Rothko played by Patrick O’Kane.  Moments before, the scene opens on a pensive Rothko surveying the audience, he ...

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Famla – The MAC, Belfast

Writer: John McCann Director: Patrick J O’Reilly Reviewer: Colm G Doran ‘Any idea what this one’s about?’ ‘Haven’t a clue.’ ‘Famla…Famm-lah…Doesn’t give much away does it?!’ A couple queuing up to see Tinderbox’s latest piece show some confusion over what they are about to witness. As we enter the space and take in Ciaran Bagnall’s impressive towering structures of rotted ...

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Powder Her Face – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Thomas Adès Director: Antony McDonald Conductor: Nicholas Chalmers Reviewer: Colm G Doran   The Lyric Theatre is host to the Irish premiere of Powder Her Face, a co-production between Northern Ireland Opera and Opera Theatre Company. Written by Thomas Adès, directed by Antony McDonald, accompanied by the Ulster Orchestra, and conducted by Nicholas Chalmers, this piece tells the story ...

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The Gingerbread Mix-Up – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Martin Murphy Director: Richard Croxford Reviewer: Colm G Doran This festive season The Lyric Theatre is brimming with Christmas celebration, especially in their Danske Bank stage which is currently home to The Gingerbread Mix-Up. Written by Martin Murphy and directed by Richard Croxford; this is a show that embodies fairy-tales, Halloween and Christmas pantomime all rolled into one. It ...

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The Sweethearts of Swing – The Belfast Empire, Belfast

Creators: Kat Reagan, Orla Mullan and Naomi Rocke Reviewer: Colm G Doran Tonight The Empire Bar was transformed from a typically alternative bar where the occasional comic routine is tried out, to a stunning vista of wartime 1940s music hall, with this resplendent group; The Sweethearts of Swing. The crowd they drew is a healthy mix of hipster millennials who revel ...

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Luck Just Kissed You Hello – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Amy Conroy Director: Caitriona McLaughlin Reviewer: Kevin McCluskey Three people sit in the unforgiving overhead lights of a room in a hospital, with the blue linoleum and nearby sounds of medical apparatus creating a familiar scene of waiting. They are Sullivan (Mark Fitgerald), Gary (Will O’Connell), and Mark (Amy Conroy), lingering as Mark and Gary’s father Big Ted Donovan ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Seagull – Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Director: Annie Ryan Writer: Anton Chekhov (revised by Annie Ryan and Michael West) Reviewer: Liam Harrison   Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull explores the tension between established and experimental drama, the old and the new, embodying it in a conflict between parent and child. The first twist in Michael West and Annie Ryan’s new version is to change Konstantin to Constance ...

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