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Ulster American – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: David Ireland Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy An Englishman, an Ulster Unionist, and an Irish-American try to put on a play. This is not the opening line to a poorly delivered joke, but it is the premise of a poorly written play. David Ireland's Ulster American split the critics in 2018 during its Edinburgh run. It's hard to ...

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Watt – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Samuel Beckett Adaption: Barry McGovern Director: Tom Creed Reviewer: Sarah Hoover Samuel Beckett wrote Watt while around him WWII demonstrated that reason alone cannot make sense of the world and do not make it a better place. He said he wrote it to keep him sane, and the desperation with which the title character seeks order, structure, and logic ...

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Dublin Will Show You How – The Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Tracy Martin Director: Vanessa Fielding  Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy “People don’t like young girls full of life, making noise.” Working class women suffer a double jeopardy of discrimination. They are marginalised from society by proxy of their class and they are marginalised within their class by the controlling element misogyny. Tracy Martin’s Dublin Will Show You How illuminates the weight ...

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The Country Girls – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Edna O'Brien Adaption: Edna O'Brien Director: Graham McLaren Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy "He came home." Those three words change Kate's life forever. Kate (Grace Collender) and Baba (Lola Pettigrew) are about to embark on the adventure of their lives. Heading for St. Enda's convent school, these two teenage girls confront their own sexuality, the limits and challenges of female ...

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The Examination – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Creators: Brokentalkers Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy What do we really know about the Irish prison system? And, do we even care what goes on? These two questions sit at the forefront of The Examination, a performance about the Irish prison system. Using a blend of biography and socially engaged performance practice, Brokentalkers present a challenging task to their audience: to try ...

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Glasgow Girls – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: David Greig Director: Cora Bissett Composer: Cora Bissett Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy "You can't change everything, but you can change something." Glasgow Girls opens at the Abbey Theatre this week amid a sea of ongoing controversy surrounding programming at Ireland's National Theatre. Glasgow Girls is not exactly a typical Abbey production, so does it deserve its place on Ireland's national stage? ...

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This is the Funeral of Your Life – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Creator: Louise White Director: Louise White Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Combine one actor (Lucy Miller), one pianist/mezzo-soprano (Michelle O'Rourke), and one dancer (Phillip Connaughton) and what do you get? A funeral, obviously. This is the funeral of our lives, and creator Louise White creates a charming and participatory method of presenting us with the inevitability of our own demise. Turns ...

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I’m Not Here – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Doireann Coady Director: Doireann Coady Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy "I'm remembering so that you'll never forget." Doireann Coady's brother Donal committed suicide ten years ago. This play is about him and it certainly packs an emotional punch. Coady writes, directs and performs in this one-hander at the Project Arts Centre to a packed house. I'm Not Here is emblematic of ...

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