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.
●●●○○ To say that director Bisi Adigun loves JM Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World would be an understatement. Ten years after premiering his version of The Playboy of the Western World in the Abbey Theatre, he has released … Continue reading Adigun Offers “An Other Playboy…???” To say that director Bisi Adigun loves JM Synge’s “The Playboy of the Western World” would be an understatement.
●●●●● Let The Right One In is a beguiling tale of love and violence, and how the two interact. Based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s 2004 novel of the same title, Let The Right One In follows a Swedish village … Continue reading “Let The Right One In” at the Abbey Theatre Based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s 2004 novel of the same title, “Let The Right One In” follows a Swedish village haunted by a recent string of murders which have seen their neighbours strewn in the snow-covered forest, drained of blood.
If the abundance of meme pages are anything to go by, our collective unconscious has been deeply infected by The Simpsons. In America, Ireland, and anywhere else that had access to TVs over the past twenty years, the yellow-skinned family … Continue reading Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play Former TN2 Theatre Editor Eoin Moore questions our popular culture through a Springfield lens
Who They Are: Founded in 1984, Rough Magic is now one of Ireland’s leading theatre companies. The company was founded by a small group of Trinity College graduates and presented its first season in Players Theatre in August, 1984. Over … Continue reading Dublin Theatre Companies: Rough Magic Theatre Company
Frances Poet’s What Put the Blood explores Jean Racine’s Andromaque (1667), a beautifully written mimetic tragedy based on Euripides’ Andromache and the third book of Virgil’s Aeneid. Racine’s tragedies introduce some Aristotelian theories on tragic plot structure based on the … Continue reading What Put The Blood at the Abbey Theatre Frances Poet’s most recent production “offers a peculiar, though worthwhile, experience”.
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.
Rating: ●●●●○ This Beach is a play with a clear message that pervades strong performances and over the top, eccentric stage effects. These effects, and the convincing dramatics, show us how we deal with ideas of territory, and how we are … Continue reading This Beach at The Project Arts Centre Unsettling, bizarre, but brilliant.
“Le festival des Marionnettes arrive”. Marionnette… Musical words tend to linger. Memories start to materialise, but then bleed into the next. Some fleeting and nebulous; the trancing Truly Scrumptious, hoodwinking the Baron as a wind-up doll in a music box… … Continue reading Marionnette, ou Marie Honnête? Normandy’s CRéAM puts a modern twist on a treasured tradition, writes Aifric Doherty.
●●○○○ The title of Louise White’s production at the Project Arts Centre connotes a grim narrative that may deter a lot of people from paying to see it. However, This is the Funeral of Your Life begins on an uplifting, … Continue reading “This Is The Funeral Of Your Life” – review Death is a jumbled mess that few of us truly understand, much like this play.
Another day, another dawn in Dublin city. The evening’s fog has dissipated under the sun’s warmth, residual puddles are trampled under busy feet en route to work, school, and most importantly, to the Box Office Opening of the first ever … Continue reading 60th Anniversary Dublin Theatre Festival Thinkpiece
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