Category: Review

Review: If We Got Some More Cocaine…

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub.   Coldness hangs in the air above the rooftops of Ennis on Halloween night. Blue flashing lights and the sound of gardaí cars herald the arrival of two young men, scampering onto the roof of a house to avoid the law enforcement below. The adrenaline is almost palpable and soon to be…

Review: Endings

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Grief and loss often act as a catalyst for artistic expression but in the case of Endings the impetus for creativity is the moment of life ending itself. A combination of analogue and digital technology mix with dramatic lighting in this docu-theatre performance piece by Tamara Saulwick.  Reel-to-reel tape recorders rustle and churn out…

Review: King of the Castle

Originally broadcast 12/10/2017 on Arena, RTE Radio 1. King of the Castle, presented by Druid, runs until October 15th 2017 at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Director:  Garry Hynes Writer: Eugene McCabe Cast includes:  Seána Kerslake, Seán McGinley,  Peter Daly, Ryan Donaldson, Bosco Hogan, John Olohan, Marty Rea,  Steve Blount, Anthony Moriarty, Eddie Mullarkey, Conor Quinlan, Kate Murray, Shane McCormick and Patrick Conneely Design:  Francis O’Connor Lighting Design:  James F. Ingalls…

Review: I’m Not Here

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. A vigil takes place but this is one like no other.  The ritual is repetitive, obsessive, and full of rumination.  A woman, Doireann, presides over the ceremony. It is witnessed by the stage manager, Gemma, and the audience. We are there. She is there. Her brother is not. I’m Not Here is writer…

Review: Melt

Originally broadcast 02/10/2017 on Arena, RTE Radio 1. Melt, presented by Rough Magic Theatre Company, runs until October 8th 2017 at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. Director: Lynne Parker Cast: Genevieve Hulme-Beaman, Charlie Maher, Rebecca O’Mara, Owen Roe Set and Costume Design: Sarah Bacon Lighting Design: Zia Holly Sound Design: Carl Kennedy AV Design: John Galvin

Review: On Blueberry Hill

Originally broadcast 02/10/2017 on Arena, RTE Radio 1. On Blueberry Hill, presented by Fishamble, runs until October 8th 2017 at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. Writer: Sebastian Barry Director: Jim Culleton Cast: Niall Buggy & David Ganly Set & Costume Design: Sabine Dargent Lighting Design: Mark Galione Sound Design: Denis Clohessy Dramaturg: Gavin Kostick Producer: Eva Scanlan Note: I incorrectly state the running time…

Review: How To Be Angry

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Anger is omnipresent in various forms. The inane conversation you can’t have anymore. The uninvited attention at a bar. The social problems that never seem to get resolved. The person sitting next to you in the theatre. Then what? Shout, scream, and punch? Or swallow it down and pretend that it doesn’t…

Review: Dummy

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Growing up in the shadow cast by their father’s limelight wasn’t easy for Dolly and Teddy, especially when Daddy was a notoriously bad ventriloquist with emotional issues. This lack of stability resulted in their mother leaving and Teddy eventually having his own breakdown. Following in daddy’s footsteps, Dolly (Niamh McGrath) has her…

Review: The Half of It

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. In a dingy Dublin flat a Cork woman ruminates over her life and what it has become. Her routine exists exclusive of the outside world, which she only glimpses through her window. As she tries to ready herself to leave this exile, she replays episodes of her life that have led her…

Review: My Left Nut

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Belfast, 1998. The Troubles give way to Talks, which give way to Agreements. Not that it affects Michael too much. He and his friends have other things to worry about, such as who did what with which girl. The conversation never gets too heavy and Michael never really talks about his…