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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: My Dad’s Blind – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Anna Shiels-McNamee Director: Gemma Aked-Priestly Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster My Dad’s Blind, written by Anna Shiels-McNamee, who also plays the nameless female character, is an outstanding piece of work that balances humour and sorrow, pity and anger, and cynicism and sentimentality. Shiels-McNamee and David O’Meara, the only other actor, fill the Project’s upstairs space with ease, not an easy task, ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Hookers Do It Standing Up – The International Bar, Dublin

Writer: Kate McGrew Director: Kate McGrew Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Hookers Do It Standing Up is a self-proclaimed ‘stand-up hip-hop mash up’, but Lady Grew’s blend of comedy, music, performance, and activism is actually much more than that. This funny, but exposing, performance pushes the audience out of its comfort zone while also providing an entertaining evening of truly ‘fringy’ performance. ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Shame – Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Pom Boyd with Seán Millar Director: Pom Boyd with Seán Millar Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster Shows in the Dublin Fringe Festival often throw up the question of what constitutes over-sharing on behalf of the performer. Not from an ethical point of view, as this issue has long since been resolved, but more from the dramaturgical point of view – in ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Viva Voce – The New Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Lauren-Shannon Jones Director: Luke Casserly Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster  Viva Voce takes place in two main sections, and while the piece was pulled off with a high level of emotional intensity, this opposition between the two styles was jarring and meant that neither one was fulfilled in a satisfying manner. The first part was a presentation, complete with an old-fashioned ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Cock Cock Who’s There – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Creator: Samira Elagoz Reviewer: Sarah Hoover From the beginning, Cock Cock Who’s There turns an archeological gaze on its audience, sexual violence, and itself. Samira Elagoz’s research project was sparked by her “rape anniversary”: one year after she was raped by her boyfriend. Lacking any stories about the aftermath of rape with which she could identify, Elagoz began by asking friends ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Split Ends – Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Lauren Larkin Director: Aisling Byrne Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Lauren Larkin’s one-woman-show is a side-splitting peek into the many characters you would find in a Dublin hair salon, but Split Ends also packs a powerful emotional punch. The production follows Amy, a hairdresser and three of her most colourful clients across one year of their lives, all told from Amy's ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: The Sound of Phoenix – Phoenix Park, Dublin

Creator: Shanna May Breen Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy The Sound of Phoenix is inviting its audience to listen, really listen, to a place. To hold in our bodies what it means to hear where you are. This Live Art mobile installation takes its audience on an audio-visual tour of Dublin’s Phoenix Park. This park has been the backbone to hundreds of ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: The PeopleSway – MLV Studios, Dublin

Director: Grainne O Carroll Soundscape: Kevin Smith Reviewer: Sarah Hoover In the context of the Occupy movements around the world, the recent North Fredrick Street protests and occupations, and the housing crisis that comprises this year’s main topic of artistic discussion, The PeopleSwaypresents an inclusive aesthetic in the best tradition of devised performance. Other programs, in other cities, have made ...

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