Chris McCormack

Chris McCormack Chris McCormack is a theatre critic based in Dublin. He blogs on and writes for A Younger Theatre, Irish Theatre Magazine and the Arts Council of Ireland. He is also a PhD fellow at the National University of Ireland Galway where he is researching influential designers who worked at the Abbey Theatre.



BWW Review: HERE COMES THE NIGHT, Lyric Theatre, Apr 2016
May 2, 2016

Rosemary Jenkinson's new play traces the 50th and 100th anniversaries of the 1916 Rising in Northern Ireland.

BWW Review: SIGNATORIES, Kilmainham Gaol, Apr 2016
April 25, 2016

Leading Irish writers of today try to get inside the heads of the 1916 rebels.

BWW Review: CASCANDO, Samuel Beckett Theatre, Apr 2016
April 25, 2016

Pan Pan's production of Samuel Beckett's radio play makes for a beautiful but mysterious promenade.

BWW Review: CYPRUS AVENUE, Peacock Theatre, Feb 2016
February 20, 2016

The foundations of Ulster Loyalism may be shakier than ever but in David Ireland's dark comedy that doesn't come without its sympathies.

BWW Review: THE WOLF AND PETER, Pavilion Theatre, Nov 2015
November 11, 2015

Beyond the gate and into the big green meadow, David Bolger's adaptation of Prokofiev's composition shows that it can pay off to take chances on the world outside.

BWW Review: GOING SPARE, Theatre Upstairs, Oct 2015
October 26, 2015

In Siobhán Donnellan's new drama, a visit to a psychic exposes the ways - outlandish or otherwise - we manage the illogical circumstances of death,

BWW Review: THE TRAIN, Project Arts Centre, Oct 2015
October 10, 2015

Rough Magic's new musical about the the 1971 Contraceptive Train places the event at the fore of the Irish feminist narrative.

BWW Review: A Ceremonious Anniversary of DANCING AT LUGHNASA
October 8, 2015

In the wake of Brian Friel's death, director Annabelle Comyn's clear production is more than dutiful. In pitting the mythic shapes of the Mundy sisters against the machinery of the industrial age, old Irish symbols are still painfully nostalgic.

BWW Review: THE LAST HOTEL - We Hope You Enjoy Your Stay
October 2, 2015

Something strange is suppressed under a polite meeting inside a drab hotel. Change and stasis regularly collide in Enda Walsh's drama but transcendence feels possible in Donnacha Dennehy's music

BWW Review: I'M YOUR MAN - Lost in Music
September 28, 2015

THISISPOPBABY's decision to stage Mark Palmer's 12-part song cycle is difficult to fathom.

BWW Review: THE NIGHT ALIVE - Sweeter than Heaven, Hotter than Hell
September 25, 2015

A cluttered bedsit becomes a refuge in Conor McPherson's drama. You can't help but see it staged against the current homelessness crisis.

September 20, 2015

Stefanie Preissner's new play was already promised to Tiger Dublin Fringe when her funding application was unsuccessful. In this once off performance, she makes a case for the vindication of the artist.

BWW Review: SCORE - Pinot Noir, Mid-sized Car
September 20, 2015

The fictional has-beens of Alan Howley and Jack Cawley resemble anxious players returning to settle old scores.

BWW Review: YOUR OWN MAN/MAD NOTIONS - Finding the Beat of Your Own Drum
September 18, 2015

Luke Murphy's svelte demeanour can instantly give way to warrior-like choreography. Why then is he struggling to break free from his cages?

BWW Review: GHOSTS - Failing to Disappear
September 18, 2015

Dancers Ruairí Donovan and Asaf Aharonson flit as gentle lovers in this showing up of archaic law.

BWW Review: YOU'RE NOT ALONE - Let Us Go, You and I
September 17, 2015

Theatre etiquette is dashed in Kim Noble's epic search for companionship.

BWW Review: MX JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND ... And Things of THAT Nature!
September 16, 2015

To Thomas Bartlett's possessed swoops on the piano, Mx Justin Vivian Bond powerfully sends hexes out into the universe.

BWW Review: BECKETT IN THE CITY - The Women Speak
September 15, 2015

The new chapter of Company SJ's Beckett in the City series articulates the ramshackle body of the woman in nationalist Ireland.

BWW Review: OBJECT PIGGY - I'm an Extraordinary Machine
September 14, 2015

If fetishisation of machinery is part of aerial play, Emily Aoibheann's experiment cuts and fuses shapes that show the mechanical taking over.

BWW Review: DOUZE - A Most Rare Euro Vision
September 12, 2015

Popstar-wannabe Xnthony makes his move for Eurovision 2016. Is he parodying celebrity rise to power or gunning for glory himself?