Tag: Dublin

Review: Girls in Their Married Bliss

A selection of excerpts from the final book in Edna O’Brien’s acclaimed trilogy, The Country Girls. Childhood friends Kate and Baba have long since left their rural lives and are now in 1960s London, via Dublin. Hoping for happiness or something close to it, they endeavour to find love and a meal or two along the way. Kate (Katie O’Kelly)…

Review: The Plot

Lilith isn’t seeking asylum, nor is she homeless is the physical sense, yet she is in need of safety and somewhere to rest in peace. Having died by suicide over 100 years ago she was buried in an unmarked grave, deemed undeserving of a proper ceremony for her alleged sin. Lilith’s death was a complex move to reclaim her own…

Review: The Signalman

In a grim rail side hut a lonesome signalman tends to his duties. An unexpected visitor, keen to learn about the signalman’s job, all but invites himself in. At first tentative and somewhat fearful, the signalman eventually relinquishes to the visitor’s request for information. The visitor, a physician looking for a quieter life, soon realises that all is not what…

November Blog: A Change of Plan

Attrition continues to move in the right direction although I’ve conceded that I won’t get the first draft completed within 2018, barring a Christmas miracle. It really has become an action of attrition itself, in every sense of the word. Sometimes it feels as though the characters are goading me on “come on, I dare you to finish this” so…

Review: Extremities

In a quiet New Jersey farmhouse, somewhere between Princeton and Trenton, Marjorie idles the day away. Her boredom is broken by a wasp sting but little does she realise that this heralds the beginning of day that will change her life forever. The arrival of a stranger to her home, allegedly wanting to make a phone call, soon turns sinister…

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…

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…

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…

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. …