Saturday, October 13, 2018

Bluebeard's Castle review: A magnificent art-horror opera exposing a male monster

A woman throws open the doors of Bluebeard's Castle, bringing her closer to his crimes, in Béla Bartók's terrific opera.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Fever review: Compassionate interactive theatre, recognising cries for help

In 600 HIGHWAYMEN's fascinating production, the audience play guests and neighbours at a house party. Photo: Waleed Shah


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Shame review: Garage rock theatre, dissenting and triumphing

Pom Boyd and Seán Miller's new music-theatre production gives paralysing self-doubt the longed-for pathos of a rock song. 


Abbey Theatre (Peacock Stage), Dublin Fringe Festival 
Sep 19-22


My review of Shame by Pom Boyd and Seán Miller coming up just as soon as I smile ...

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The PeopleSway review: Artists addressing the housing crisis how they know best

Grainne O Carroll's promenade production drags otherworldly displays down to ground.


MLV Studios, Dublin Fringe Festival 
Sep 13-15


My review of The PeopleSway by Dance Among Other Things coming up just as soon as I stretch my hands like an accordion ...

Everything Can Be Dismantled review: Freewheeling contemporary theatre in search of a rulebook

Discotheque Collective's interactive play involves an audience conversation about the housing crisis. 

The Lir Academy (Studio 2), Dublin Fringe Festival
Sep 12-16


My review of Everything Can Be Dismantled by Discotheque Collective coming up just as soon as I hand you a lamp ...

Friday, September 14, 2018

Astronaut review: A caustic stream of consciousness thrums towards Apollo House

Joe Wright's impassioned solo work tells the story of a homeless man. Photo: Gary James Doyle. 


The New Theatre, Dublin Fringe Festival
Sep 12-15


My review of Astronaut by Joe Wright coming up just as soon as I introduce Christy Dignam from Aslan ...

Stop / Over review: A light-flickering escape to New York unsure of what it's fleeing from

In Gary Duggan's promenade play, two reunited friends try to recreate the abandon of their student days over 48 hours. Photo: Futoshi Sakauchi.


Chocolate Factory, Dublin Fringe Festival 
Sep 12-23


My review of Stop / Over by Gary Duggan coming up just as soon as I sip on my Masochist ...

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Oneday review: Striking and revitalising avant-garde theatre

Dick Walsh's riveting new play uses news reports to reconstruct what happened on March 13th, 2012. Photo: Aine McBride. 


Project Arts Centre (Cube), Dublin Fringe Festival
Sep 10-15


My review of Oneday by Dick Walsh coming up just as soon as I play Count Dracula on Broadway ...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Holy Show review: Multiple-role comedy about Aer Lingus highjack spreads itself thin

Janet Moran's vigorous comedy revisits a bizarre episode from 1980s Ireland. 


Abbey Theatre (Peacock Stage), Dublin Fringe Festival
Sep 10-15

My review of A Holy Show by Janet Moran coming up just as soon as I consecrate Russia to my immaculate heart ...

Monday, September 10, 2018

Assisted Solo review: An affectionate and surreal dance about elderly care

Philip Connaughton's absorbing new production features an appearance by his mother, who suffers from dementia. Photo: Ste Murray 


Project Arts Centre (Upstairs), Dublin Fringe Festival 
Sep 8-15

My review of Assisted Solo by Philip Connaughton coming up just as soon as my ex-boyfriend is a gynaecologist ...

Sunday, September 9, 2018

FABLE review: A dance production buckling under the problems of modern life

The Human Collective's lively production for young audiences ushers street dance into the theatre. 


Project Arts Centre (Upstairs), Dublin Fringe Festival
Sep 10-16

My review of FABLE by Matt Szczerek coming up just as soon as I hop on an escalator ...

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Everything I Do review: Mesmerising gig theatre, in tune with all-consuming love

Zoe Ní Riordáin's new musical performance begins with gestures of devotion necessary for love songs but becomes something more complex. Photo: Ros Kavanagh. 

Project Arts Centre (Cube), Dublin Fringe Festival
Sep 8-15

My review of Everything I Do by Zoe Ní Riordain coming up just as soon as I meet an alien ...