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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Bluebeard’s Castle – Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Composer: Béla Bartók Director: Enda Walsh Conductor:  André de Ridder Reviewer: Tricia O’Beirne Béla Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle, with Libretto by Béla Balázs, was first performed in the early twentieth century and is playfully re-imagined here in director Enda Walsh’s staging, presented by the Irish National Opera with music by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The opera is a duet sung ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Young King – The Ark, Dublin

Writer: Oscar Wilde Adaption: Nicki Bloom  Director: Andy Packer Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Australian theatre company Slingsby breathe new life into Oscar Wilde’s The Young Kingin an enticing and charming production. When a young boy, raised by an old goat herder in the forest, learns that he is the heir to his kingdom’s throne, his life changes at once. Thrown ...

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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 THEATRE FESTIVAL: The M House – axis :Ballymun, Dublin

Writer: Devised by Medb Lambert and Cast Director: Medb Lambert Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster The M House may not necessarily be the most subtle piece of theatre, but there is no doubt that it is intelligent, perceptive, moving, and extremely heartfelt. It is also a piece of great social value, with the cast being comprised almost entirely of actors with intellectual ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Richard III – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Garry Hynes Reviewer: Sarah Hoover Richard III (played with a nod to Antony Sher’s 1984 ‘bottle spider’ on two sticks by Druid favourite Aaron Monaghan) is a Teflon courtier; there is no good reason that his insectile climb up the ladder towards kingship isn’t thwarted. Why does Lady Anne (Siobhán Cullen) accept his marriage proposal, made ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Bystander – axis :Ballymun, Dublin

Choreographers: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, and Cast Directors: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, and Cast Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy What would it take for you to help someone, to get involved? This question is at the core of Junk Ensemble’s latest production The Bystander. No answer is provided, but that’s the point. In 1964 Kitty Genovese was murdered outside of her ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Patient Gloria – Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Gina Moxley Director: John McIlduff Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy “Good girls don’t say no. It’s not polite to say no”, so says Gina Moxley in her new production The Patient Gloria. Moxley’s self-professed mash-up of stand-up comedy, historical re-enactment, and rock music explores the politics associated with female desire and contemporary feminism. This is a lot of genre for ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Misfits – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Arthur Miller, reimagined by Annie Ryan Director: Annie Ryan Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster Adapting a famous movie for the stage is often a tricky process, as it inevitably draws comparisons with the original. Arthur Miller’s The Misfits (1961), directed by John Huston and starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift, the former two in their final roles, comprises one of ...

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