Mistaken identity, forbidden love affairs, and even the odd gun fight; The Rivals is made of the farce modern soap operas aspire to reach. First performed in 1775 at Covent Garden, this comedy of manners never passes up an opportunity … Continue reading The Rivals Review The 18th Century Comedy returns home to Smock Alley
●●●○○ 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.
●●●●○ 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.
Having studied The Great Gatsby for the Leaving Cert, I could write about the intricacies of its plot and language until my fingers turned blue with ink as the clock ticked down on the frenzied, nightmarish race that is English … Continue reading “The Great Gatsby” – review The Gate has removed its seats, lowered its chandeliers and transformed the entire building into the enigmatic Gatsby mansion where characters roam the dance floor, ready to whisper in your ear at one moment and dance wildly with you the next.
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
Women, Ireland: 50.09% of population (2015). Women, new Irish plays: 41% of cast. 39% of directors. 33% of playwrights (2006-2015). Irish theatre is an exciting sphere of creativity, originality, and potential. However, one area in which it falls short is … Continue reading Gender Equality in Irish Theatre?
Louise O’Neill’s bestselling young adult novel Asking For It is to be adapted for the stage in time for Cork’s Midsummer Festival in 2018. The world premiere will take place at the Everyman Theatre in Cork, the county in which … Continue reading “Hard-hitting”: Louise O’Neill’s Asking For It to be adapted for the stage
●●●●● What does it mean to be free? The feeling of entrapment is immersive within the narrative of Emma Donoghue’s play, Room, an adaptation of her 2010 best-selling novel and Academy Award-winning film. This summer, the Abbey plays host to … Continue reading ‘Room’ at the Abbey Theatre – review
Theatre as we know it has certain commonalities – dark spaces, huddled chairs, classic red curtains. Yet the origins of theatre lie under the Ancient Greek sun, in the open-air hillside “theatrons” of Athens. Audiences laughed, cried, cheered and were … Continue reading Out in the Open Air with Chapter House Theatre – preview
This May, Dublin theatres are experiencing a takeover of dance, music and talent from Ireland and abroad as the Dublin Dance Festival hits our stages. Dublin Dance Festival is a celebration of enquiry and experimentation through skilfully choreographed dance. As … Continue reading Dublin Dance Festival 2017 – review
The New Theatre Until 15 April Escape and escapism. Junk and junkies. All That We Found Here is a play that deals with harsh themes of drugs, crime and the trappings of the class system. It does not aim … Continue reading All That We Found Here – review