King of the Castle conquers the Gaiety Theatre Eugene McCabe's modern Irish take on classic Greek tragedies is utterly "captivating", writes Larissa Brigatti.

●●●●○ 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.

“​Tangleweed​ ​&​ ​Brine”​ ​​by​ ​Deirdre​ ​Sullivan Review Female Gothic takes center stage

It is rare that the aesthetic of a volume counts towards its overall merit, but in the case of Deirdre Sullivan’s book of feminist fairytales Tangleweed & Brine (2017), an exploration of its carefully organised pages and beautiful illustrations by … Continue reading “​Tangleweed​ ​&​ ​Brine”​ ​​by​ ​Deirdre​ ​Sullivan Review Female Gothic takes center stage

“Crestfall” – Vulgar, violent but visually stunning Crestfall abandons the glorious Kathleen Ni Houlihan and provides a darker and more insidious image of women in Ireland dealing with domestic abuse, prostitution, animal cruelty and extreme violence.

●●●○○ Crestfall is a play that caused disgust and protestations when it was first performed at the Gate Theatre in 2003, and this new performance by Druid on the Abbey’s Peacock Stage perfects that beautiful outrage. Crestfall abandons the glorious … Continue reading “Crestfall” – Vulgar, violent but visually stunning Crestfall abandons the glorious Kathleen Ni Houlihan and provides a darker and more insidious image of women in Ireland dealing with domestic abuse, prostitution, animal cruelty and extreme violence.