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48 – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Gemma Kane Director: Claire Maguire Reviewer: Clara Mallon “I actually walked into that smoke to die”. Gemma Kane’s debut play 48 begins with searing testimony of survivor’s guilt. A smoke haze oppressively fills Smock Alley’s Boys School theatre and we are introduced to bodies who clamour methodically, moving agonisingly throughout the space, gasping for air immersed in disco lights. Aided ...

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Kracked – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Aibhe Cowley Director: Eadaoin Barrett Reviewer: Laura Marriott Uncle Tony overdosed last month and has left the future of the family business resting on Sharon’s shoulders. Will KitKats and cocaine be her saving grace or will a frantic ex, fifty debts and a recent death in the family cause her to finally crack? Sharon’s story could be pitch black; ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Saint Nicholas – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Simon Evans Reviewer: Laura Marriott “In the dark, there are vampires.” So, first things first. This is Brendan Coyle’s return to the Irish stage for the first time since 2002 and he is reuniting with playwright Conor McPherson for the Irish premiere of Saint Nicholas. For everyone wanting to know if it was worth the wait: ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Sweet Sensations – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Teri Fitzgerald Director: Teri Fitzgerald Reviewer: Laura Marriott Welcome to Peafield Hospital for the Elderly. Here you will find staff and residents living in harmony. Or not. This is a hospital where the staff like a slower pace of life than that of their patients. After all, what is the point in pushing oneself too much when the day ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Beat. – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Fionntan Larney Director: Dominic O'Brien Reviewer: Laura Marriott Beat. starts out as a raucous and rude rap musical drama. Full of pills and alcohol friends A and B are hungover after a night out. How much can they remember? The unconscious B may have finally taken things too far this time: after too many pills he ended up unconscious ...

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The Diary of Maynard Perdu, Smock Alley Theatre – Dublin

Writer: Billy Roche Director: Billy Roche Reviewer: Laura Marriott Peter McCamley takes to the stage as the one and only Maynard Perdu. Over the course of the next one-and-a-half hours he takes the audience on a journey through the exceptional life of Maynard Perdu; something of a dandy. He lives in a world of the fantastic, in the mirrored, burlesque ...

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The Comedy of Errors, Smock Alley Theatre – Dublin

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Liam Halligan Reviewer: Laura Marriott “What? Did I marry her in my sleep?” Two sets of twins separated at birth, a nun, a possible execution, a bondsman with a baton, a goldsmith lacking in gold, an over-enthusiastic kitchen maid, a wife, a mistress, infidelity, a tempest, demonic possession and a subversive sister. It can only be ...

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The Shaughraun – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Dion Boucicault Director: Clare Maguire Reviewer: Laura Marriott The Shaughraun is a melodrama by Irish playwright and actor Dion Boucicault. In the small village of Suil-a-beg, County Sligo, mystery, intrigue and drama unfold as a vast range of absurd, exciting and interconnected events set the scene for a night of fun and frivolity. It is difficult to introduce the ...

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