“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.

“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.

●●●●○ 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.

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“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.

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.

Louise O'Neill's Asking for It to be adapted for the stage

“Hard-hitting”: Louise O’Neill’s Asking For It to be adapted for the stage

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