After the hullabaloo of theatre festival season between August and October, the winter months can often see pantomimes and nineteenth century literary adaptations take refuge in Dublin theatres. This year’s cream of the crop include the Abbey’s Let The Right … Continue reading Project Pop Up – A theatre restaurant with a tasting menu of performances Theatre Editor Amyrose Forder previews an alternative to the Christmas pantomime.
The Great Hunger Amyrose Forder On a cold, crisp November evening, Smock Alley’s wonderful setting of the Boys’ School theatre was my refuge of choice, here to see a production of Patrick Kavanagh’s The Great Hunger. It is the first … Continue reading Three great writers. Three great pieces of writing. Three one – man shows. Trilogy: The State of Us was a powerful collection of three shows by Peter Duffy in the Smock Alley Theatre this month.
Who They Are: The Corn Exchange, founded by celebrated actress and director Annie Ryan over twenty years ago, are a group which “combines strong physical theatre practice with dynamic text”. The loyal ensemble promotes ground-breaking pieces of theatre, most notably … Continue reading Dublin Theatre Companies: The Corn Exchange
●●●○○ The Suppliant Women, Aeschylus’ 2500 year old play (reimagined by acclaimed playwright David Greig) tells the story of the fifty daughters of Danaos fleeing Egypt for asylum in the Greek city-state of Argos. It is not war, poverty, … Continue reading Aeschylus’ “Suppliant Women” Flee to the Dublin Theatre Festival It is not war, poverty, or violence they are fleeing – they are seeking escape from men.
●●●○○ Dublin’s Fringe Festival is a safe space to test the murky waters of audience participation in theatre. Towards the end of what has been a stellar festival of exploration, Smock Alley’s audience felt decidedly content and enthusiastic. The creators … Continue reading Dublin Fringe Festival: “The Friday Night Effect” at Smock Alley Three young housemates, Jamie, Sive and Collette, embark on a night out in Dublin. We know from the beginning that Colette will be dead by the end of the night.
Conflicted Theatre’s Neon Western pushes boundaries. Rejuvenating classic Western genre tropes, the show eclectically adds a club feel, neon lights and and a fierce unce-unce. It’s a dystopian new-age, where corporal punishment is rife and communicating through dance is the … Continue reading Neon Western Ultrasonic Chaos
In a hectic and brilliant Dublin Fringe Festival 2017 lineup, efficacy 84 stands its ground. Recently chosen as one of The Irish Times Top 15 shows (https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/stage/dublin-fringe-15-shows-you-need-to-see-at-this-year-s-festival-1.3211302) to catch at the festival, it tells the story of the Kerry babies … Continue reading efficacy 84 Preview and Interview A sit down with Fringe’s rising talent Luke Casserly
●●●●● Abbey Theatre Whilst many spent their first September Sunday evening squelching in a field in Stradbally, I skipped to the Abbey Theatre for for a different bout of live performance. Our MC for the night? Paul Muldoon, poet extraordinaire, … Continue reading Why Muldoon’s Picnic Proved Unmissable at The Abbey The Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Muldoon curates the artistic extravaganza Muldoon’s Picnic at the Abbey Theatre in association with Poetry Ireland.
This summer Sugarglass Theatre takes residence in TCD’s own Samuel Beckett Theatre, carrying their production of David Greig’s Outlying Islands across the pond from its 2016 run in New York. The play tells the story of two Cambridge-educated naturalists who … Continue reading “Outlying Islands” is an Outlier Beautiful, visceral and sensual, balancing severe sexual tension with themes such as isolation, youth and institutionalism.
●●●●○ Jimmy’s Hall is the theatre adaptation of Ken Loach’s 2014 film, relaying the true story of Irish communist James Gralton, and his plight to avoid deportation from post-Civil War Ireland. His crime? Setting up a dance hall, a safe … Continue reading “Jimmy’s Hall” at the Abbey Theatre – review Running in the Abbey after a short stint in Leitrim, “Jimmy’s Hall” lavishly immerses the audience into Irish culture, matching the bleak with the bright to showcase a polished production perfect for the summer season.
Water tends not to be a favoured artistic icon, yet it is a central topic for Collapsing Horse’s new comedy The Water Orchard, a quirky and genuinely funny play produced in conjunction with Project Arts Centre. While each character is … Continue reading The Water Orchard
On 25 July, the wonderful team behind Dublin Theatre Festival announced their programme for the upcoming 60th anniversary season. This year, the festival will run from 28 September – 15 October, lasting 18 days for the city to showcase pioneering performances over … Continue reading Dublin Theatre Festival at a glance – preview