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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: 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: 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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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Hamlet – Gate Theatre, Dublin

Writer: William Shakespeare  Director: Yaël Farber  Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy “Now might I do it”. The closing quotation of Yaël Farber’s director’s note signals a willingness to try. To try to bring new meaning to Shakespeare’s Hamlet. A Hamlet for our times, perhaps. However, this contemporary production raises one question for this reviewer: why? Alas, this question remains unanswered. It is clear ...

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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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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Mining Stories – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Creators: Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere are curators of voices, keepers of memory. The title of their documentary theatre production Mining Stories takes on a double meaning in this enthralling and challenging piece. Mining Stories presents different perspectives on the 2015 mining disaster in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The tragedy, which resulted in the death ...

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