●●●●● 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.
●●●●○ 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?”
●●●○○ 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.
●●●●○ Dermot Bolger’s stage adaptation of Ulysses brings the brilliant cacophony of Dublin life to a boil, as the production chronicles a dizzying microcosm brimming with the inherent contradictions of human experience. Bolger, in fact, carves out the human core … Continue reading Always Meeting Ourselves: “Ulysses” at the Abbey Theatre Dermot Bolger carves out the human core of Joyce’s expansive masterpiece, focusing the play around the human drama of the novel.
I always preempt the experience of attending the Dublin Fringe Festival by making a commitment to myself to maintain a level of contrived ignorance. It’s a protective measure to preserve an element of the unknown that I feel parallels the … Continue reading Dublin Fringe Festival: The Epic, Definitive Review Fourteen shows, sixteen days.
●●●○○ 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.
From the moment it begins, MDLSX is an intensely evocative experience, a visual and sonic assault which fires narrative fragments at the audience and leaves them to put the pieces together. Part one-woman show, part DJ set/dance,the show portrays the … Continue reading MDLSX at The Dublin Fringe Festival A gender-bending dissertation on the nature of identity.
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
Michael Patrick lost his father at the age of eight and suffered with a condition known as hydrocele testis (a buildup of fluid which causes the scrotum to swell) from the ages of fourteen to seventeen. My Left Nut is … Continue reading My Left Nut Testicular Tension
Freshers Week has come to an end, you can put away your society salesmanship and free cinnamon donut vouchers. It’s time to start focusing on real work, and by real work I mean those things you were supposed to do … Continue reading “Murder Town” At New Theatre – Review A lukewarm production by Erin McGathy
When it comes to the Fringe Festival, you can never quite know what to expect. Characterised by their alternate approach to classical theatre, Fringe is a season of experimentation and divergence. In a sea of shows trying to stand out, … Continue reading Efficacy 84 Where does the story begin and the theatre itself end?