Tag: Smock Alley Theatre

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: 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…

February Blog: Loving A Murderer

It’s been a busy month for me, mostly with reviews rather than writing if I’m honest, but that’s not a bad thing. I’m still progressing with my novel Attrition, albeit slowly at the moment, and though I’m obviously biased I really love the story and the characters. Well, as much as it’s possible to love a story about the murder…

Review: May I Use the Bathroom Please?

  It’s St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin but you wouldn’t know if from the meagre crowd in O’ Leary’s Pub. Besides the barman and the landlady, Siobhan, the only other people there are resident barflies and best buddies Desmond and Eddie. Siobhan seems unaware that it is the national holiday until it’s pointed out to her, a reflection of her…

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: Tender Napalm

  On a small outcrop of rock sit a barefooted Man and Woman, his arms around her shoulders, their love obvious and solitary. This is a couple, alone but together. From the get-go their dialogue is intense, poetic, and brutal with their actions quickly following suit. It is clear that this is not everyday reality but, in a consensus of…

Review: Running Blind

This review was originally written for The Reviews Hub. Running Blind invites the audience to find “fresh vision” and explores the role of the senses through dance, sound, and vision. Choreographed and performed by Laura Sarah Dowdall, artist-in-residence at a Dublin DeafBlind centre, Running Blind submerges the audience into a world of disrupted senses in an effort to investigate the…

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…