Tag: Dublin Fringe Festival

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: After

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. As the end of the world approaches and uncertainty is all-consuming, two documentary filmmakers follow their subjects through the mire of emotions and struggles they face. The subjects, Clara and Kip, work their way through the seven stages of the apocalypse while the documentary makers remain mostly aloof and at times directive.…

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. …

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…

Review: From All Sides

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Two couples begin to tell their tales of modern life and love in a fast paced and fun manner. As the couples attend their respective nights out the humour quickly fades when it becomes apparent that these relationships are anything but fun. At least not anymore. From All Sides explores domestic violence…