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GIAF: Crestfall – Mick Lally Theatre, Galway

Writer: Mark O’Rowe Director: Annabelle Comyn Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy When Druid’s 2017 theatre programme was announced earlier this year, the company’s Artistic Director Garry Hynes stated that “these are provocative plays and we are living in provocative times”. The programme garnered some controversy due to the fact that it was entirely devoid of women writers. Indeed, Mark O’Rowe’s Crestfall ...

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REDPILL – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Liam Hallahan Director: Paul Doran Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster REDPILL is arguably as timely as a piece of contemporary theatre can be, seeking to explain, as it does, one of the most bizarre, dangerous, and popular, online communities. That community is, generally speaking, men who have been “redpilled”, ie have come to understand that the reason they are unsuccessful in relationships ...

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Room – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Emma Donoghue Music and Lyrics: Cora Bissett and Kathryn Joseph Director: Cora Bissett Reviewer: Sarah Hoover Jack (Taye Kassim Junaid-Evans) is five, and his world is simple. In fact, it’s not a world, it’s a room. The real world, when Ma’s rescue plot brings it crashing in, is huge and fast and there are no easy answers. Jack’s vision ...

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Charlie’s A Clepto – Axis, Dublin

Writer: Claire Monnelly Director: Aaron Monaghan Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster First of all, the spelling mistake: it’s intentional, and forms a key part of this narrative, wherein the eponymous Charlie recounts key aspects of her life that lead her to this day, a sacred 24 hours, where if she can only keep out of trouble, she’ll prove that she’s capable of ...

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The Blue Boy of Glenmore – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

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Writer: Joe Brennan Director: Tony Devlin Reviewer: Colm G Doran Set in the winter of 1978, in the Cooley Mountains, Brassneck Theatre Company present The Blue Boy of Glenmore. It tells the story of a brother and sister living in a claustrophobic farmyard cottage, sniping at one another. Jemmy John (The Blue Boy) played by James Doran, is obsessed with ...

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Have I No Mouth – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Directors: Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Have I No Mouth is not so much a tale of loss, as it a tale of moving forward. It focuses on how director and co-creator Feidlim Cannon’s family have dealt with their grief, resulting from the tragic and untimely deaths of Sean Cannon, Feidlim Cannon’s father, and his baby brother, ...

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Dancing Dogs – Nun’s Island Theatre, Galway

Writer: Timothy O’Mahoney Director: Eoin O’hAnnrachain Reviewer: John Singleton ‘Isn’t it awful to have done something wrong and be waiting to be found out?’ This is Dereenathirigy, small town nowhere. Home to the Dancing Dogs.  ‘A place of halves. A nice half, and a not nice half’. A world of delinquent distractions: suspicion’s and slanders, gossip and goading, mysteries and ...

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PREVIEW: The Shadow of Carmilla/Scáth an tSúmaire – O’ Donoghue Theatre, Galway

ThereisBear! Theatre is bringing its new bilingual theatre offering to the Galway Theatre Festival. Based on Sheridan Le Fanu’s gothic horror Carmilla, and directed by Conor Kennedy Burke, the company describes this work as “one of their most unusual pieces thus far”. In the isolation of a post-famine manor, the daughter of a landlord is bed-bound by an unexplainable illness. Her ...

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