Q&A: Lorcan Cranitch. ‘I had a very embarrassing nude scene, one actor suffered a nervous breakdown, and there were more people on stage than in the audience’

October 11th, 2012

Lorcan Cranitch is currently appearing in The Talk of the Town, at Project Arts Centre until October 20th What is the best production you have been in? Tricky one. I’ve been fortunate to be in some great shows, so it would be either the original production of Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the [...]

Review: Hamlet

October 9th, 2012

O’Reilly Theatre Hamlet is a play tormented by ghosts. “What, has this thing appeared again tonight?” asks one of Elsinore’s watchmen, safe in the knowledge that the spirit of Hamlet’s father will appear every night, or at least for as long as the production is running, commanding his son to avenge his foul murder. Each [...]

Review: Politik

October 4th, 2012

Samuel Beckett Theatre WHAT CAN an individual do to effect political change? This is the question posed by The Company in Politik, an improvisational theatre game in which the audience is invited to participate. The performance begins with a manifesto about civic engagement in a modern democracy and political processes that are “alien to our [...]

Hot shows, cheap tickets and mysterious faces

October 3rd, 2012

There’s just time to take a breath before the weekend is upon us, and the second major tranche of opening nights in this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival fills up the evenings. So far, the reviews have definitely been on the positive side: Tristan and Isolde got this paper’s only five-star endorsement, The Boys of Foley [...]

Q&A: The worst show? A children’s clown/puppet show. I would have to go inform the performers (sitting in full clown makeup) that no one was in the audience

September 28th, 2012

Elevator Repair Service is a New York theatrical production company. Their current show The Select (The Sun Also Rises) is at the O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College until Sunday What is the best production you have been in or worked on? There’s no way to answer that question honestly since the list is changing all the [...]

Q&A: ‘The most miraculous thing about theatre is still the free assembly of independently-minded peers who believe for a couple of hours that anything might happen’

September 27th, 2012

MICHAEL WEST, with director Annie Ryan, has adapted Dubliners by James Joyce, for The Corn Exchange and Dublin Theatre Festival. It runs at the Gaiety Theatre until Sunday What is the best production you have worked on? The best show is the next one, because you haven’t ruined it yet. The first couple of weeks [...]

Actor, stager, theatremaker

September 27th, 2012

Being an all-rounder is becoming popular in the world of theatre, where economic adversity has led to creative friction and a blurring of boundaries. But is this a new dawn or a sliding of standards? Peter Crawley reports PHILLIP McMAHON is not easily caught out. But for a moment he seems thrown by one question: [...]

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Trust Nassim

September 26th, 2012

The Absolut Fringe Festival 2012 has run its course, but before it moves the last of its furniture out of the Festival Hub, to make way for our Dublin Theatre Festival coverage tomorrow, here’s one final piece to savour. Peter Daly was one of the actors to take on the challenge of Nassim Soleimanpour’s experimental [...]

Competition: Win two tickets to Pop

September 11th, 2012

Pop is a terrifying live game about embarrassment, where the performers “will spill our guts in front of total strangers. We’ll be on stage – in our underwear, warts, flab and secrets exposed, all in the name of deliciously voyeuristic cringe-inducing Schadenfreude.”

Q&A: Albie Philbin Bowman – ‘Ask other people what they’ve seen and loved’

September 7th, 2012

Albie Philbin Bowman is a comedian and broadcaster Your best fringe memory? Last year, the Absolut Fringe organised a two-day workshop for a lot of the solo performers. As someone who mostly writes and performs on my own, it was brilliant to learn about other people’s experiences, and it created a real spirit of camaraderie. [...]

Risky business

September 7th, 2012

SARA KEATING From humble beginnings in 1995, Dublin Fringe Festival has been embraced by the mainstream, crossing over with its big sister, the theatre festival, but always providing a platform to take risks THEATRE DIRECTOR Jimmy Fay was in his early 20s when he set plans for the first Dublin Fringe Festival in motion. It [...]

Like the cut of the Fringe? Here’s an Absolut must-see selection

September 7th, 2012

The Absolut Fringe festival is almost upon us, and you have until Wednesday to take advantage of early bird ticket prices – and do try to buy them early, as it puts money in the bank for performers and producers, and means they can potentially sleep and perhaps even eat at night. Grab a hard [...]

The Absolut Fringe starts here

September 7th, 2012

The previews are up and running, opening night beckons, and several weeks of theatre, art, music, shows in odd places, art in strange surroundings, wonderful nights, endless days, and long stretches of sleep deprivation are about to begin. Behold the Absolut Fringe Festival 2012 in all its glittery, chaotic glory. This year, we are relaunching [...]

All the festivals that are fit to print

July 27th, 2012

The Ticket went festival bananas today, with a big guide to the so-close-you-can-almost-touch-it August Bank Holiday Weekend. Talking of bananas (or things that look like them), Toots of Maytals cooks up a recipe for Grilled Jamaican Fish & Plantains in Booking the Cooks. He’ll be at Liss Ard. You can try it yourself, although the [...]

Galway: some of the best GAFTV vids

July 25th, 2012

The Galway Arts Festival’s video-stream, GAFTV, has been buy again this year. Here’s a selection. Reverend Patrick Towers on (atheist) David Mach’s Biblically-themed work. Connacht rugby players discuss their artistic achievements. When Olaf met Julian. The Macnas parade. It rained. But it failed to, ahem, dampen the spirits…

Macnas and Murphy: Galway kicks off week 2

July 23rd, 2012

As is traditional, Macnas took to the streets over the weekend with a new show. Lorna Siggins reported on it for The Irish Times. “This year, a carnivorous carnival’s head, played by Miquel Barcelo, symbolised the hubris associated with building false hopes. Galway arts festival artistic director Paul Fahy was a lioness’s companion, while Jonathan [...]

Unlikely venue, but great work: Galway’s visual art

July 20th, 2012

Aidan Dunne did the rounds of the visual art at Galway Arts Festival, which is dominated by David Mach’s epic work. The sculptures are one thing, but the collages are another altogether – the detail is incredible, and when you wander the gallery you’ll see people’s noses pressed right up to the work as they [...]

Body & Squelch

June 25th, 2012

Body & Soul was the big one of the weekend. Here’s Tony Clayton-Lea’s report from the weekend. Certainly, music aside (and the music line-up across the two-day event was top notch), there was much to do, see and experience, notably in the beautiful walled gardens area and in tiny venues such as Radio Shack and [...]

Your weekend starts here (or there)

June 22nd, 2012

For the the summer (wherever it is) Festival Hub will be bringing you coverage, reviews, videos, bits, and maybe some bobs, from the events going on around the country.

Culture podcast: January 19th

January 19th, 2012

Laurence Mackin talks to Jack Gilligan, Seona Mac Réamoinn and Christine Monk who are judging the Irish Times 2011 Irish Theatre Awards Culture podcast 190112