Tag: Dublin Theatre Festival

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. …

October Blog: Loftus Leanings

The curtains have downed on the major theatre festivals for this year and I have to say the overall standard this year was very good. Of the many shows I reviewed, and the ones I attended for my own pleasure, there were some real dazzling gems. That’s not to say that there weren’t a few duds in the mix either…

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…

October Blog: Attrition

The collective anticipation of NaNoWriMo is almost palpable.  Only one more day and then the manic month of writing begins. I have no reservations about participating in NaNo this year. Yes, it’s a tough slog and certainly not without its stresses but it’s also an opportunity to get a good chuck of a first draft done.  Of course, writers don’t…

Review: The Last Siren

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Director: Ksenija Krnajski Being the only one of her kind left, the titular last siren wanders her beach, lamenting the past with only flotsam and debris as company. Her sister has departed and she has been driven demented by loneliness. The siren (Lauren Kinsella) has no one to listen to her…

Review: This is Not a Love Story

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Creator: Gunilla Heilborn A lightning flash and a thunder clap herald the arrival of two performers, Johan Thelander and Kristiina Viiala. The storm rages momentarily and then the story begins. Or rather stories. Exploring the creative process as well as the lived experience of the team, This is Not a Love…