1980. The Dublin docklands. Family and friends gather at their local pub after the funeral of their beloved patriarch, a prominent and well-respected docker.
The gathering is timely as they are inadvertently the final patrons of the establishment. The following morning the pub is due for demolit... (more...)
Much like our Parisian friend Amelie, an only child who paints her world with her vivid imagination, pint-sized Hannah Mamalis, an only child from rural Connemara, sweeps and soars with her imagination. Nothing seems too mundane or outlandish for Hannah. Lying 'pretend dead' in bogs with her best fr... (more...)
Writers Peter McGann & John Morton have let loose The Roaring Banshees, part two of their Ripping Yarn Trilogy. The trilogy celebrates the centenary years of Ireland's independence. Part one: The Hellfire Squad successfully premiered in 2016 and told the tale of Micheal Collins' assassins. They are ... (more...)
Through the lens of three generations of a Dublin family, Dylan Coburn Gray's ambitious Citysong unfolds on a single day – but ricochets between past and present – to track the momentous and the minute changes in the lives of its characters who are, ultimately, just “a pinch in the hourglass” of the... (more...)
One of the highlights of Dublin's bustling summer calendar is the Festival of Curiosity, an annual international festival celebrating 4 days of science, art, design, and technology.
This year one of the gems amongst the 32 events is the tender and cerebral play currently running at the Smock Alle... (more...)
As a dinner party haunted by absences draws to a close, Morkan, the evening's irrepressible host, stumbles to a confession. “It's just that life has felt so wobbly,” she says, pointedly avoiding eye contact with any of her guests. “I feel dislocated...exiled...and I'm not sure why... and maybe that'... (more...)
Much like stepping into a pair of comfortable slippers, two amiable aul Irish gents meet regularly at their local watering hole. Each armed with a pint, they follow the same ritual (in no particular order): grumbling, swapping accounts of life events, discussing current affairs, daydreaming, counsel... (more...)
Who would have thunk a sociable gathering of inquisitive neighbours would turn into such a rollicking free-for-all?
One million Green Shield stamps. Fifteen delightful characters. A single winner - Ger Lawless. Fourteen family members & neighbours to help her paste the stamps in booklets to claim... (more...)
Writer Dylan Coburn Gray, a keen and compassionate observer of human nature has created in Citysong a compelling narrative of a multigenerational family featuring pivotal moments in their lives. In 90 minutes he captures our imagination with dozens of joyous, tender and intimate family interludes.
Deliciously inappropriate, scandalously funny and mischievously provocative, 16 years after its inception, Avenue Q continues to astound and delight.
Inspired by Jim Henson's beloved Muppets, co-creators Jeff Maxx and Bobby Lopez fashioned their quirky and endearing creations on themselves, their... (more...)
Tennessee Williams in his essay 'The Catastrophe of Success' paints a poignant picture of his life following the startling success of his play The Glass Menagerie. He confides: “I was not aware of how much vital energy had gone into this struggle until the struggle was removed.” Seven decades later ... (more...)
In this THEATREclub & Abbey co-production, 13 disgruntled millennials are intent on single-handedly annihilating capitalism. The set is the Absent Factory, a dystopian simulation of a Foxconn iPhone factory complete with production line and fuschia-lit control room. A motley crew of random homeless ... (more...)
I was prepared for controversial and shocking, for colourful language and violence. Yet the opening scene still had me reeling. Writer David Ireland clearly thrives on the taboo and no person or subject is immune.
A seemingly innocuous setting: the director's lounge. On the eve of rehearsals for ... (more...)
The Complex warehouse in Smithfield, frigid, starkly lit and rigged with tenement flats at opposing ends with the audience seated on the long axes sandwiching the stage. We are shivering despite the generously provided blankets. As the harrowing stories unravel the temperature plummets further. Writ... (more...)
Formerly banned by the Irish censorship board in 1950's Ireland, The Country Girls tells the tale of love in all its incarnations: unconditional, dutiful, compassionate, possessive, devoted, illicit, unrequited, first love.
Two fiercely smart young girls have their delicate bonds cemented during ... (more...)
The comforting cacophony of blaring sirens. A kaleidoscope of scents: sweet and foul. The perpetual surge of humanity. All the things I love most about New York City.
Into the melee, in a neighborhood coffee shop, a love triangle unfolds. Carrie O'Keefe (Sorcha Fenlon), a budding young Irish arti... (more...)
Never underestimate the power of our youth. In this case the united voice of 7 exceptional high-school girls: Amal Azuddin, Emma Clifford, Jennifer McCarron, Agnesa Murselaj, Roza Salih, Ewelina Siwak and Toni-Lee Henderson, aka: The Glasgow Girls.
This is an enjoyable musical about teen activist... (more...)
Have you ever pondered over a shocking news story and thought: what possibly could have possessed that individual to behave in that erratic manner? Philip Ridley tackles that question not once but twice in his 2 plays: Tonight with Donny Stixx and Dark Vanilla Jungle.
Playwright, Philip Ridley h... (more...)
Imagine your absolute favorite story. Swap the protagonist for a bicycle-averse sergeant, an amiable but soused philosopher, a fellow tippler a few shillings short of a pound and a publican with a brain that should be pickled for posterity.
Scour the stage for 4 exceptional Irish actors to narrat... (more...)
On September 11th 2001, whilst unimaginable horrors were unfolding on one island, on another island 1500 miles NE, an entire village rallied together opening their hearts and homes to help 7000 strangers. Amongst the countless stories of bravery, sacrifice, resilience and camaraderie across the glob... (more...)
A volatile cocktail: World War 2. Stormy politics. Nationalism. Fascism. Power. Propaganda. High treason. Playwright, Thomas Kilroy's illuminating script spotlights two Irishmen, both influential political wrestlers and unintentional opponents in the WW2 arena.... (more...)
Theater heaven. A rare occurrence when every component of a production converges in perfect harmony to create a tour de force. Druid Theatre Company have accomplished this with their current production of Richard III. Adding pizzazz, Opening Night was attended by a fine complement of glitterati from... (more...)
Writer and actress Gina Moxley stumbled upon the 1965 film Three Approaches to Psychotherapy (aka The Gloria Films) whilst residing in New York City. Set in the USA, the documentary-turned-movie centers around Gloria Szymanski a 30 year-old discontent divorcee who is filmed receiving distinctly diff... (more...)
Strap yourself in for a high octane ride from the mini metropolis of Prospect, Galway to the bright lights of the Eurovision Song Contest and back again with Fionn Foley's uproarious one-man farce. Foley plays Brendan Galileo, an earnest and ambitious young man who tries his hand in local politics w... (more...)
Writer Michael West artfully distills the dark essence of Mary Shelley's classic into a fateful 70 minutes, gratifying literary scholars and beguiling newcomers. I imagine Director Muireann Ahern enjoyed collaborating with her colleague, Louis Lovett, to unsettle and bewitch the audience. (Ahearn & ... (more...)