Reunion

November 29, 2010

Daniel Reardon in the the New Theatre production of 'Reunion' adapted by Ronan Wilmot.

Reunion, an adaptation of Fred Uhlman’s 1977 novella about two youths coming of age under the shadow of National Socialism, is given a rather staid mounting at the New Theatre by that venue’s artistic director Ronan Wilmot. A one man show, starring Daniel Reardon as our narrator Hans Schwarz, it suffers from a conservative approach to both text and performance.

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Landmark’s production of Between Foxrock and A Hard Place returns to Dublin(with a few cast changes) on the 4th of April for a two week stint at the Gaiety Theatre. Here’s a review of the show’s Olympia run from November.

I must admit to some trepidation before going to see Landmark’s Between Foxrock and a Hard Place in the Olympia Theatre last year. Director Jimmy Fay’s been having an off year and Paul Howard’s Ross O Caroll Kelly is an acquired taste, one I thought I’d never develop a stomach for. So imagine my delight when this production not only delivered the lol’s but also a great reveal, some visceral tête-à-têtes, a little poignancy and the odd moment of truth.

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Yuletide Queers!

November 24, 2010

Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to mark the gayest of seasons then to stuff the Project Arts Centre full of some yuletide queer. Queer Notions is a specifically curated festival of queer ideas and performances, that is multi disciplinary and more aggressive in its outlook than its predecessors. Coming on the back of The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and the Absolut Gay Theatre Festival (where the organisers of each took a stab at theatrical spot the difference) the Queer Notions Festival is the brain child of Thisispopbaby founder Philly McMahon. You need three points for a triangle, three wise men for your manger and three goals for a hatrick. But tell us Philly, why does Dublin need a third gay theatre festival?

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David Horan interview

November 24, 2010

From bite-sized theatre to international co-production

Every venue on the Irish theatrical horizon has a remit, whether officially acknowledged or not. Bewley’s Café Theatre in Dublin is home to the lunchtime show, where the one-act matinee comes with soup and brown bread, filling one’s stomach as well as satisfying a thirst for drama. For the past seventeen years Bewley’s has supplied Dubliners and visitors with shows that can be caught in a lunch break, using the tiny stage in the former Oriental Room to impart big ideas to intimate audiences.

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Intinn

November 24, 2010

When you think of your everyday up and coming reggae artists, four white Paddies from Cork and Galway and a single Swiss backpacker are not the first people that spring to mind. But given their lineage (three of the group are descended from Irish music royalty) and their professional prosperity Intinn appear to have pulled off a bit of a musical Cool Running’s. All be it in reverse.

“When we say Reggae, we mean the many types of music that we are inspired by,” says Cian Finn, the group’s vocal thrust and founding member. “But most people aren’t familiar with the reggae dub spectrum. They hear reggae and they think we’re a Bob Marley cover band or something.” Celtic Dub, he believes, is a better fit for what Intinn do.

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Jumping the Sharks

November 24, 2010

Blood in the Alley Theatre presents 'Jumping the Sharks' by Michael Lovett.

There are a lot of things to enjoy about Jumping the Sharks, the new play from Blood in the Alley Theatre Company. There’s the competent central performance from Don Wycherley; the darkly comic script from Michael Lovett; and the subtle direction of Geoff Gould, former artistic director of the Everyman Theatre in Cork. But despite the fact that there are quite a few laughs to be had, it doesn’t seem to be about anything – certainly not anything new, and leaves one feeling a little hollow when the humour subsides.

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