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Review: Language of the Mute

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews. Acclaimed writer Jack Harte makes his debut as a playwright with Language of the Mute, presented by Parthalonians Theatre Productions at The New Theatre. The play is inspired by Harte’s history of working with Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí, the founder of Coláiste na bhFiann, who was posthumously revealed to have abused those…

Review: The Quiet Land

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews. On a quiet evening in rural Ireland, just as the season turns to winter, Nashee (Des Keogh) tends to a broken sty.  He is met by his neighbour Eamonn (Derry Power), who has recently been discharged from hospital following an aggravated burglary at his home. Friends and neighbours for years, Nashee…

Review: FOCUS

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews. Nellie (Dympna Heffernan) has asked some friends and family to her home for an impromptu marketing focus session, citing a close deadline as the reasoning for the unusual choice to host the group in her living room. Her sister, Jane (Geraldine Crowley), and her brother-in-law, Paul (Kevin Marren) are the first…

Liberties: Flash Fiction from Ireland now released on iTunes!

Originally posted on libertiesflash:
Last month, Liberties Festival Dublin held its very first flash fiction competition. Writers were called on to submit their best 50-300 words on the theme ‘Liberties’ – either the concept of liberties or The Liberties area of Dublin, Ireland. We were bowled over by the entries and decided the only decent thing to do would be…

Dublin Theatre Festival 2015: Programme

Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 will take place from 24 September to 11 October. Programme here. Amazing selection of plays for 2015. Always a highlight of the year, especially as the evenings begin to darken.

Review: Risk Everything

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews. George F. Walker’s Risk Everything, originally written as part of his Suburban Motel series of plays, had is European premiere at The New Theatre last night, presented by Whirligig Theatre.  Walker, one of Canada’s most prolific and acclaimed playwrights, wrote the Suburban Motel series of plays all based in the same…

Review: The Man in Two Pieces

The boy (Gerard Adlum) tells the tale of a man he once knew; a vaudevillian showman who traveled the length and breadth of Ireland bringing a little mystery and excitement with him as he went. This showman, Kerrigan (Stephen Brennan) is travelling with his troupe: an “Italian” strongman (from Sligo) and a “German” mesmerist who seems decidedly from the northern…

The Butcher Boy

So, as part of Reading Ireland Month 2015 (a.k.a. The Begorrathon), I’m reading The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe (1992). Set in small town 1960s Ireland, The Butcher Boy tells the tale of a trouble youth named Francie Brady; covering alcoholism, mental heath problems, abuse, and murder. Sounds right up my street! For an academic look at the novel, you can…

Abbey Posters

A nice selection of posters from The Abbey Theatre, Dublin (Ireland’s National Theatre) by Zero G Agency.