●●●●● Sitting somewhere between a concert, a theatre piece and an installation, Endings at Project Arts Centre is a powerful work that explores experiences of loss through the moment of death, as well as examining the spaces within memory in … Continue reading Endings @ Dublin Theatre Festival captures the in-betweens of grief Staff Writer Saoirse Anton attends this theatre concert, with no tissues necessary.
“Seduction is when the invitation is better than the party itself”, Annie Clark — otherwise known by her stage moniker St. Vincent — says, looking deadpan at her out-of-shot interviewer. Though to believe blithely that Clark said this is flawed; … Continue reading MASSEDUCTION – Album Review
●●●●○ In a bid to diversify, and drag myself away from yet another Adam Sandler classic, I binge-watched the entire season of Jack Whitehall’s Travels with My Father. Perhaps now might be an apt moment to say something like, “I … Continue reading Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father – Review Whatever this new emerging comedy travel-show genre is, I am loving it.
●●●●○ The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (2017) is a collection of tales set in the Grishaverse, the fantasy world of Leigh Bardugo’s novels. The fairytales are charmingly intertwined with Sara Kipin’s intricate illustrations, which makes the … Continue reading Alternative Fairytales: “The Language Of Thorns” Sorcha May Judge delves into the newest YA offering from Leigh Bardugo.
●●●○○ Nidhogg 2 is the follow up to the multiplayer, critical darling of the same series. In many ways it seems to be the full realisation of developer Messhof Games’ original vision. The simple fencing game in which players would … Continue reading Party of Two? Chaotic Action-Comedy “Niddhog 2” for PS4 There is something special here that neither eclipses, nor is eclipsed by, its predecessor, but instead sits alongside it as something unique.
●●●●● Art that claims to tackle the big issues facing society is nothing new. However, in the rush to inform and highlight, the true power behind the works can be diminished. It is too often the case that art of … Continue reading Potent Imagery: the 8×8 “Freedom” Exhibition The real power of the exhibition lies in the immediacy of its imagery.
●●●●○ In Simon Curtis’ newest film, Goodbye Christopher Robin, the world’s best-loved literary character is brought to life. This film captures the writer A.A. Milne’s (Domhnall Gleeson) life after the first World War, who is deeply affected by his harrowing … Continue reading Counterpoint: Artificial Perfection: “Goodbye Christopher Robin” As a period drama, some of the events that seem to occur seem a little too perfect, a little too romantic.
●●●●○ Goodbye Christopher Robin, a biopic about the life of A.A. Milne, power of imagination, the crisis of celebrity, and the importance of childhood. Domhnall Gleeson’s Milne is a man struggling with PTSD and what it means to be a … Continue reading Point: War, Innocence and Celebrity: “Goodbye Christopher Robin” Will Tilston’s Christopher Robin encapsulates the innocence and petulance of childhood; through him we watch Christopher Robin’s transition from ordinary little boy to international icon, as he is plucked from childhood and dropped into celebrity.
●●●●○ Druid’s King of the Castle highlights geographical, historical and psychological boundaries. The playwright, Eugene McCabe, lived around the geographical boundaries of Fermanagh and Monaghan; he naturally represented their society on stage – scenery, clothes, accent, traditions, drinks and economy. … Continue reading King of the Castle conquers the Gaiety Theatre Eugene McCabe’s modern Irish take on classic Greek tragedies is utterly “captivating”, writes Larissa Brigatti.
●●●●○ “Tell me love is winning…” Valve Hegarty makes his living by recording radio advertisements, but he is a singer at heart. “If I don’t sing I get sick,” he tells us. Performed as a one-man show by Little John … Continue reading DTF17’s “Radio Rosario” at the Axis Theatre, Ballymun “If love is losing what are you going to do? Start hating just so you can be on the winning side?”
●●●●○ No strangers to the Irish rock scene, Otherkin give us electrifying rock ‘n’ roll in their debut album OK. These raucous Dubliners have been impressing audiences since 2014, with their punchy songs and energetic live performances, but now we … Continue reading Otherkin is More Than “OK” Otherkin aren’t inventing anything new in terms of sound, but what they have created is an album full of catchy garage rock that will have you stamping your foot and yelling at the top of your lungs.
●●●○○ The Museum of Modern Comedy in Art (MoMCo), currently located in the Project Arts Centre, describes itself as “either an artwork in the guise of a speculative museum, or a museum dressed up as a contemporary installation.” Presented as … Continue reading Good Punchline, Poor Delivery: Museum of Modern Comedy in Art For a collection that claims to question the ‘surgical’ treatment of modern art, it doesn’t diverge greatly from what you might expect from a typical contemporary art show: high ideas, inaccessible language, and a repetitive video section.