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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Mai – Civic Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Marina Carr Director: Andrew Flynn Reviewer: Sarah Hoover The Mai demonstrates Marina Carr’s ability to gender-bend mythology and transport it into modernity, revealing the tragic consequences of single-minded passion for four generations of women. Andrew Flynn’s direction in the Decadent production focuses on the relationships between them both as mythology and as everyday women within Irish society, skilfully creating ...

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The Owl and the Pussycat – The Civic, Barnsley

Writer: Harriet Hardie and Ben Miles Music: Rebecca Applin Director: Harriet Hardie Designer: Sophia Lovell-Smith Reviewer: Laura Stimpson The Owl and the Pussycat is the latest offering from Full House Theatre, a children’s theatre company whose vision is for every child to hold treasured memories of theatre. This performance was produced in partnership with Luton Culture presents. Inspired by the ...

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Private Lives – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Michael Gray Coward’s frothy comedy of manners was concocted – as a vehicle for the Master and Miss Gertie Lawrence – at break-neck speed. And that’s how it’s delivered by London Classic Theatre, in Chelmsford for the 12th date of its national tour. All over in an hour and three-quarters, including the interval. Realistic ...

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The Verdict – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Barry Reed Adaptor: Margaret May Hobbs Music: Lynette Webster Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Michael Gray Given the title, it’s no surprise that this is a courtroom drama. A strong morality play too, which began as a novel, then became a film with Paul Newman. Now, 35 years on, it’s on stage for the first time, touring the country with Middle ...

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Vagabonds: My Phil Lynott Odyssey – Civic Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Robert Mountford and Chris Larner Director: Chris Larner Reviewer: Laura Marriott Cú Chullain is a traditional Irish legend, known for his beauty, warrior attributes and his incredible feats of strength. On the surface he seems to have little in common with an Irish legend of a different kind, Thin Lizzy front man Phil Lynott. The Dubliner, armed only with ...

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Green and Blue – Civic Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Laurence McKeown Director: Paula McFeteridge Reviewer: Marina Ní Dhubháin Security force members are notoriously private. Particularly so when the professional role involves long-term, sustained exposure to life-threatening events. Of those individuals who spent the period of The Troubles policing the international border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, very little is known. This makes the new production Green and Blue ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Helen and I – Civic Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Maedbh McHugh Director: Annanbelle Comyn Reviewer: Sarah Hoover The heat is on in Helen and I, a Druid world premiere by new playwright Meadhbh McHugh, and so is the pressure. Sisters Lynn and Helen set up camp in their childhood home to nurse their father in his final days, and on the sunken stage-in-the-round the pressure continues to increase ...

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The Debt Collectors – The Civic, Barnsley

Writer: John Godber Director: Keith Hukin Reviewer: Ray Taylor This is a new comedy from well-known playwright John Godber, author of such popular modern classics as Bouncers, Up ‘n Under and Teechers. It concerns two out of work and broke actors who find themselves in the world of debt recovery. They work as a couple of debt collectors trying to ...

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