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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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The Second Violinist  – Barbican, London

Composer:  Donnacha Dennehy Writer and Director:  Enda Walsh Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Premiering in Galway last summer, The Second Violinist comes to the Barbican trailing accolades in its wake, but after viewing this modern opera it is hard to justify all the praise. It’s a multi-media mess. Co-produced by Landmark and Irish National Opera it’s surprising that things are such a ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Second Violinist – O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: Enda Walsh Reviewer: Sarah Hoover The Second Violinist produces a series of after-images both literal and figurative. Like a camera flash, it reappears for some time after its conclusion. In this contemporary opera written by Enda Walsh and composed by Donnacha Dennehy for Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera, the life of a protagonist who tortures ...

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Misterman – C Primo, Edinburgh

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Writer: Enda Walsh Director: Kate Gaul Reviewer: Chloe St George  By the time Laura Marling’s Devils Spoke rang out at the end of the performance, some audience members’ tears were in freefall. “All of this can be broken, hold your devil by his spoke and spin him to the ground.” So goes Marling’s verse, rather prophetic of Enda Walsh’s Misterman ...

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Disco Pigs – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: John Haidar Reviewer: Stephen Bates The word “disco” may have been falling into disuse in the last couple of decades, but Irish writer Enda Walsh’s coming of age play Disco Pigs looks as sharp and relevant as ever in this 20th Anniversary revival. Runt (Evanna Lynch) and Pig (Colin Campbell) were born at exactly the same ...

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Disco Pigs – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: Cathal Cleary Reviewer: David Jobson Enda Walsh, a prolific Irish playwright, is well known for helping to adapt the film Once into a musical. His plays, though, verge towards absurdist comedy, and it is no different with this revival of one of his earliest works, Disco Pigs. Still, it’s a play worth reviving to explore today’s ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Last Hotel – O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: Enda Walsh Composer: Donnacha Dennehy Conductor: Alan Pierson Reviewer: Liam Harrison The Last Hotel, composed by Donnacha Dennehy and directed by Enda Walsh, is a modern opera which performs a tragedy of banality. Lyrics of the mundane everyday world, about “the coupons to gain access to the internet”, are contrasted with soaring, poetic explorations into beauty, ...

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The Twits – Royal Court, London

Writer: Enda Walsh, adapted from the novel by Roald Dahl Director: John Tiffany Reviewer: Alex Ramon   Apparently inspired by its creator’s distaste for facial hair – “Do something against beards” was his notebook instruction-to-self – The Twits now takes its place as the latest Roald Dahl adaptation to make it to the London stage, following the great successes of ...

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