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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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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Everything Can Be Dismantled – The Lir, Dublin

Writers: Joan Somers-Donnelly, Donncha MacCóil, and Cast Director: Joan Somers-Donnelly Reviewer: Caitríona Daly Everything Can Be Dismantled by Joan Somers-Donnelly and Donncha MacCóil is a post-modern theatrical exploration of city planning. Loosely inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities it is an important meditation on the places we create and the spaces we inhabit. While the piece itself could not be more timely ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: The Money – City Hall, Dublin

Creator: Seth Honnor Director: Seth Honnor Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy The Money is an exercise in the human condition. At stake is a pot of very real money. The aim of the game: figure out how to spend it (within the game’s three rules) before the clock runs out. There are two roles for the audience in this theatre-game hybrid. Players ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Vivarium – The Complex, Dublin

Writer: Don Mc Camphill Director: Don Mc Camphill Reviewer: Caitríona Daly Vivarium by Don McCamphill is an interesting new take on contemporary Northern Ireland. The play centres around Euan, an eccentric 13-year-old boy and Paul, his repressed drug-addled father. Touching on issues such as online communication and how disturbing and accessible it has become, gangland activity in Northern housing estates ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: White – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Pea Dinneen Director: Pea Dinneen Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster Campus men’s rights activist groups, at their very worst, are almost too easy to satire, but here Pea Dinneen has produced a work that goes a good way to explaining the egos, the hypocrisy, and the fragility that both propels and paralyses them. White is set in a university society that ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: A Holy Show – Peacock, Dublin

Writer: Janet Moran Director: Janet Moran Reviewer: Ciarán Leinster One can’t help but feel that A Holy Show was an excellent opportunity squandered by its creators. Janet Moran sought to tell the tale of the 1981 plane hijacking by a former Trappist monk intent on knowing the Third Secret of Fatima. This was a glorious chance to bring a bizarre ...

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