Tag: Comedy

Review: The Fattest Dancer at St Bernadette’s

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Triple threat Julian Le Blanc is up to high doh. It’s the 10th anniversary of his eponymous school of dance and drama but the upcoming celebratory show is far from perfect. There’s lots to rehearse, students with social problems, and an assistant who can’t really assist. If Ballybough Road thought it had…

Review: The Wickedness of Oz

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Debbie is 21. She’s a true blue Dub with a half-hearted degree in hospitality, whatever that is. At Liberty Travel she arranges holidays to Shagaluf as well as more exotic places, though her increasing hangovers make the day’s work all the more difficult. Aaron, her boyfriend, may have done something stupid…

Review: The Humours of Bandon

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. A Dublin teenager, Annie, and her country mother prepare for the All Ireland Championship in competitive Irish Dancing. The hair is done, the shoes are polished, the velvet dress is ready. Everything is to play for at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght and tensions are high when a new face…

Review: Animalia

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. The so-called “best years of our lives” are thrown under the microscope in Ian Toner’s Animalia, which explores the vicious world of prepubescent schoolgirls in Dublin.  Opening with a schoolyard food fight the pace is set to maximum and these little ladies are anything but. The stakes are high when it…

Review: The Curse of the Button Accordion

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. In Roscommon a young woman (Sharon Mannion) frets over all the usual childhood issues, such as the end of the world and what she wants to be when she grows up. The latter perplexes her until one day she picks up a tin whistle and a musical prodigy is born. Or…

Review: Taboo

John Morton’s latest theatrical offering comes in the form of Taboo, a two-hander play that focuses on the first date of Lily (Lisa Fox) and Tom (Morton).  Taboo began its life in 2014 as part of Collaborations as a one woman show and since then has been developed and extended to a full length play. The action begins with Lily…