Tag: Dublin Theatre Festival

Review: The Circus Animals’ Desertion

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Writers: Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan Directors: Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan Inspired by Georgie and W.B. Yeats’ mystical approach to creativity, and taking its title from one of Yeats well know poems, The Circus Animals’ Desertion is a poetic response to the concept of nationhood. It begins in absurdity, which…

Review: Ancient Rain

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Director: Chris Drummond Composers: Paul Kelly, Feargal Murray, Camille O’Sullivan Inspired by last 100 years of Irish poetry and centring around the theme of the four elements, Ancient Rainprovides an aural exploration of Ireland’s past and present. Poetry ranging from Seamus Heaney to Paula Meehan is used as a platform from…

September Blog: Culture Fatigue and Other First World Problems

September has been a bumper month, chock-full of (mostly) good things. In fact, it’s been such a busy month that I only realised about an hour ago that I haven’t written a blog entry and tomorrow is the first of October. I don’t know if I was lucky this year or if Dublin Fringe Festival was especially good but every…

August Blog: Ripe Fruit

August has me in a reflective mood, probably with the upcoming harvest season. Even though I live in the city, it is still a primordial feeling that is inescapable. The small crab apples are already beginning to fruit in Four Masters Park and the end-of-summer flowers hold onto their final moments of glory. To be fair, I love autumn and…

Review: Dancing At Lughnasa

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. First preformed at the Abbey Theatre in 1990, Brian Friel’s Dancing At Lughnasa makes a timely return to Dublin to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The multi-award winning play comes to the Gaiety Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival in conjunction with the inaugural Lughnasa International Friel Festival. A semi-autobiographical memory…

Review: Luck Just Kissed You Hello

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Big Ted Donovan is on his death bed, the only thing keeping him alive is a ventilator. His estranged son and next of kin Mark (Amy Conroy) arrives at the hospital for his father’s last hours. As next of kin he must sign the legal documents allowing Big Ted’s organs to…

Review: Chekhov’s First Play

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews. Platonov is the title most frequently given to Chekhov’s first play, based on the name of the central character, which Chekov began to write at the age of 18. Generally accepted as being unstageable due to its large cast and running time (5 hours in its unadapted form) it is rarely…

Short Fringe

It doesn’t seem that long ago since I was writing about completing the first draft of my screenplay, Grand, and now here I am writing about having finished my 6th and (hopefully) final draft. It’s certainly been a rollercoaster ride of emotions and learning but I’m so happy to have done it. With that finished, I’ve obviously now got to…

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.