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Starlet – Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Alison Spittle Director: Simon Mulholland Reviewer: David Keane In a midlands middle-of-nowhere location Michael and Shannon have a date. If anything, it’s something to do. The cinema, a few drinks, and the customary shift. Both disheartened by the world around them, they can still dream of better things. At least they’re not dogging at the GAA pitch and Michael ...

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Wishful Thinking – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Shaunna Lee Lynch Director: Ciarán MacArtain Reviewer: David Keane Leaving a far from illustrious journalism career in London, one that involved more pouring coffee than Pulitzers, Siobhán (Karen Killenn) finds herself back home in East Cork and living with her mother Angela (Claire O’Donovan). She quickly realises that the place she left behind is no longer the same and ...

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Hughie – Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Reviewer: Dominic Corr Al Pacino, Jason Robards, Forest Whitaker, and now, Phil Nichol, one hell of a listing to have one common trait, what is it you may wonder? They’ve all performed the role of loveable rogue Erie Smith in Eugene O’Neill’s short, one-act production of Hughie. Set in midtown New York, as a gambler laments the ...

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Who Cares – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Matt Woodhead Director: Matt Woodhead Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Hot on the heels of Lung’s ground-breaking Trojan Horse comes Who Cares – a searing indictment of the impact of austerity on support services for young carers. Based on real-life testimonies, this slickly staged and superbly performed piece cuts right to the heart of a failing system. The action centres on ...

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Baby Reindeer by Richard Gadd – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writer: Richard Gadd Director: Jon Brittain Reviewer: Gareth Davies The Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Richard Gadd offers a cautionary tale for the modern age, of the perils of offering tea and pity to a total stranger. ‘I’ve got to go’, she says, every time she comes to the bar where Gadd works, before lingering for the full length of his ...

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Armor: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard, Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, Edinburgh

Book, Music & Lyrics: Shonagh Murray Featuring works by Robert Burns Reviewer: Dominic Corr Girls sent away from their Fathers, widows sitting in the shadows of their husbands and a mistress hiding her adoration, knowing to reveal her history would ruin her – there is little wonder women fashion themselves an armour. Rabbie Burns, epitome of lyrical writing, was known ...

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David Benson’s Cato Street 1820 – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: David Benson Reviewer: Gareth Davies From Kenneth Williams and Frankie Howerd to Boris Johnson and most of the cast of Dad’s Army, David Benson has played some of the UK’s greatest clowns over more than two decades of Edinburgh Fringe productions. But he has proven he can take a more serious look at the world too, and this hour-long ...

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Sea Sick – CanadaHub, Edinburgh

Writer/Performer: Alanna Mitchell Directors: Franco Boni with Ravi Jain Reviewer: Gareth Davies We’re all going to die, sooner or later. Sooner rather than later, given what we’re coming to learn about the state of our planet, and the destructive impact we’re having on it. But a lot of the studies cataloguing man’s effects on Earth focus on the land – ...

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