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Melt – Rough Magic

16 October 2017 Posted By : admin 0 Comments
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This was a great idea for a story – firstly it’s set in Antarctica, in a storm, which is already exciting.  Then you have a wonderful juxtaposition of scientists and magical realism.  I loved the scene where the two scientists were studying the baby found under the ice, trying to be detached about it.-It’s a […]

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Breakaway glass

13 October 2017 Posted By : admin 0 Comments
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I’ve been working on a job trying out different ways of making breakaway glass window panes. Breakaway glass is still called sugar glass, though it’s not usually made of sugar, but some kind of brittle plastic. There’s two kinds of product – one is a 2 part mix called Smash!, from Smooth-On in America, the […]

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Ulysses at Abbey Theatre

03 October 2017 Posted By : admin 0 Comments
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I went to see Ulysses at the Abbey Theatre last night, (Hooray for the First Free previews!).  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was great to see the Abbey auditorium used almost in the round, with audience scattered around the performers and performers staging scenes within the audience.  The different styles of the novel were mirrored […]

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Neon Western

Neon Western by Conflicted Theatre

03 October 2017 Posted By : admin 0 Comments
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I went to see Neon Western by Conflicted Theatre and Peter Power, as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival.  It seemed to be about a corrupt city with a culture based on violence, reminding me instantly of Mahagonny, that opera by Kurt Weill.  The staging was a little incohesive, little zones scattered around, which didn’t […]

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Soldier Still by Junk Ensemble

13 September 2017 Posted By : admin 0 Comments
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Soldier Still is a beautiful and moving piece of contemporary dance from Junk Ensemble, showing at the Project Arts Centre as part of this years fringe festival.  The performers quote accounts given by former soldiers of their experiences in an army, and explore the themes of violence, sexism, bullying and loyalty within the armed forces.  […]

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Katie Roche at The Abbey Theatre

13 September 2017 Posted By : admin 0 Comments
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There must be a rule that the sets of all plays set in rural Ireland in the 50’s must heavily feature the colour brown.  Katie Roche at The Abbey features brown in a layer of peat earth layered over a white floor, which is revealed during the action, but otherwise the set and the direction […]

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Working with Visual Video

07 April 2017 Posted By : admin 0 Comments
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After a couple of months of travelling around South America, I’m glad to be working again with Visual Video on a series of fun projects.  I’ll see if I can find a spot for this little guy!

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Swan Lake / Loch na hEala

03 October 2016 Posted By : admin 0 Comments

This was the best thing I’ve seen so far in the festival and the best thing I’ve seen in ages.  I love Michael Keegan-Dolan’s work; he has the most fertile imagination and the most beautiful use of imagery.  From the opening scene of a nearly naked Mikel Murfi playing a tethered sheep to the final […]

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A Midsummer Nights Dream

03 October 2016 Posted By : admin 3 Comments

This was one of the best Dreams I’ve seen, funny irreverent and surprising. The appearance of Puck as a hulking Lyric Hammersmith Techie certainly surprised the hell out of me.  While I loved the fact that the actors constantly burst through the paper walls, floors and ceilings, I was puzzled by why it had been […]

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Don Giovanni – Opera Theatre Company

03 October 2016 Posted By : admin 0 Comments

This years Dublin Theatre Festival has so many great shows in it, it’s one of the best DTFs for years. I saw Don Giovanni on Thursday.  The translation was by Roddy Doyle and so the set by Bruno Shwengl brought many elements of Dublin into it – a pub crowd outside The Gravedigger, for instance.  […]

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