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The Train – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Arthur Riordan Composer: Bill Whelan Director: Lynne Parker Reviewer: Saoirse Anton   “We’ll show the old farts who maintain their dominance Over our constituent parts The time is near, to kick against the pricks Sign up here, for gender politics.” Just minutes down the road from the Abbey Theatre, at Connolly Station on the 22nd May 1971, members of ...

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MANC MINI: Lynne Parker on Funny Women

Our Manc Mini series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at the North West’s largest arts festival. Funny Women founder Lynne Parker, tells us about the awards.   How would you describe your show in one sentence? The Funny Women are now in their 14th year and are recognised as the benchmark for new female comedy. ...

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NEWS: 2016 Funny Women Awards launched

By Maryam Philpott For 14 years the Funny Women Awards has been championing comedy performers, writers and film-makers in a celebration of the artistic contribution of female entertainers. Launched in 2003 when the world was worrying about military dictators in the Middle East, major global health scares and rising summer temperatures it’s easy to think that nothing has really changed. ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Train – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Director: Lynne Parker Script and Lyrics: Arthur Riordan Music: Bill Whelan Music Director: Cathal Synnott Reviewer: Liam Harrison “A woman can be anything she wants to be” – the lie told to Irish schoolgirls throughout the 20th Century gets a thorough exploration in Rough Magic’s musical about the Belfast contraception train. You can be anything you want unless you want ...

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Famished Castle – Pavilion Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Hilary Fannin Director: Lynne Parker Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Rough Magic present the world premiere of Hilary Fannin’sFamished Castle, a jarring look at contemporary Irish society. Ex-lovers Nat (Raymond Scannell) and Angie (Aislin McGuckin) meet again at Dublin airport after ten years of separation. Nat’s father Tom (Vinnie McCabe) is wasting away in hospital, losing his mind to old ...

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TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE: How to Keep an Alien – Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

Sonya Kelly

Writer and Performer: Sonya Kelly Director: Gina Moxley Reviewer: Monica Insinga Opening night of the world premiere of Sonya Kelly’s new autobiographical solo show, How to Keep an Alien, could not have gone any better. Developed under Kelly’s participation in Rough Magic’s ADVANCE programme, the show opened last night to a roaring crowd, that thanks to Kelly’s trademark comedian style, ...

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Jezebel – Soho Theatre London

Writer: Mark Cantan Director: Lynne Parker Reviewer: Paul Ackroyd Mark Cantan has written a fast paced, very funny, contemporary farce. First performed in Dublin by Rough Magic in December 2012 and now playing at the Soho Theatre it contains deceptions, misunderstandings and social awkwardness worthy of Feydeau or Ayckbourn. We meet Alan and Robin a modern couple in a new ...

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Beowulf – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Adaptation: Seamus Heaney Director: Lynne Parker Designer: Charlotte Lane Reviewer: Rachel Clark The epic tale ofBeowulfusually conjures images of fire breathing dragons, gruesome monsters and spectacular land battles yet in the Tron Theatre’s Changing House Lynne Parker’s production of the influential text hasstrippedBeowulfto its natural core. Alone, Seamus Heaney’s translation reads with an elegant fluency; paired with the Tron Theatre ...

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