March Blog: Grateful for the Good

My bags are (almost) packed for my imminent fellowship at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and I’m more than excited. The time has just flown around and even though I thought it would never come it now feels like it’s arrived out of nowhere. Last year I decided that for 2018 I was going to try to take more…

Review: Bump

  Young Londoner Lily (Rosa Torr) waits to for her name to be called at a NHS clinic. She hasn’t taken this decision lightly but she needs to do what is right for her. It wasn’t part of her plan, although she’s not quite sure what her plan actually is. Now that college is finished she has found herself back…

February Blog: The Devils You Need to Know

This year seems intent on flying by at the speed of light. That’s no bad thing but I’m slightly shocked that March begins in a few days’ time. February followed quickly on the tail of January and seemed to vanish before my very eyes. Regardless, it is what is it and I am where I am. Smock Allies Scene +…

Interview: Stephen Tadgh – I Am Man

  Come one come all and join us as we learn how to be the perfect personification of ‘Man’. Earlier this week actor and theatre maker Stephen Tadgh, from Good Buzz Productions, answered some questions about his upcoming show I Am Man. Described as “the Late Late Toy show with less Christmas jumpers and potentially more swearing” I Am Man…

Review: After the End

  A work night out turns to disaster following an explosion of both words and warheads. An alleged terrorist nuclear bomb has taken out part of the city but colleagues Mark and Louise fortuitously escaped the blast. That’s according to Mark. Louise can’t remember the horrific explosion that has left most of their office friends dead. Luckily for them Mark…

January Blog: Hope Springs Eternal

No rest for the wicked. Well, perhaps a little bit of rest for the wicked. This month has been a total whirlwind and it’s probably the first time ever I can say that it’s absolutely flown by. January can have a tendency to drag its heels but 2018 really hit the ground running for me. I’ve been very busy in…

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…

December Blog: A Journey of One’s Own

The end of the year is always a time to reflect on the preceding twelve months, as well as look forward with hope to the coming year. I want to end 2017 on a positive note, so while I’m not exactly where’d I like to be from a writing perspective (as well as several other areas of my life), I…

Five Favourites of 2017

The following shows are selected from those that I saw and reviewed over the last 12 months. There are plenty of shows that I didn’t get to see and lots that I saw for my own viewing pleasure rather than to review. Of those I reviewed, and in no particular order, here are my Five Favourites of 2017:   Shackelton. …

November Blog: Freedom to Create

November started with some much needed good news and encouragement. Having applied for a fellowship at The MacDowell Colony in September I was notified that I am going to be a MacDowell Fellow in Literature next year. Needless to say I am absolutely delighted about this and it couldn’t be better timing. The MacDowell Colony is a multidisciplinary artist residency…