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Fringe

Review: Saint

September 20th, 2012

The Cube, Project Arts Centre The Irish people have a great knack for castigation. This last recession has been pinned on Europe, the IMF, the bankers and the politicos. As well it should be. But there is one important donkey who needs to stick their arse out in that particular blame game. The Irish people [...]

Review: Souvenir

September 20th, 2012

The New Theatre Inspired by À La Recherche du Temps Perdu, Marcel Proust’s magnum opus on memory, society and sexuality, while nodding at everyone from Shakespeare to Walter Benjamin to Charlie Kaufman, this solo performance by Bush Moukarzel is so cluttered with ideas, arch humour and erudition, it seems almost impossible to contain. Props erupt [...]

Review: The Healthy Lovely Ladies Exercise Studio for Maximum Sex Attraction

September 20th, 2012

Fumbally Court Studio The Healthy Lovely Ladies Exercise Studio for Maximum Sex Attraction is surely one of the longest show titles in the Fringe. Half the calories of the session are burned simply trying to say the name. It reflects, however, the fun group of lovely ladies that is The Fumballinas who dance, sing, pout, [...]

Review: The Oh Fuck Moment

September 20th, 2012

Filmbase If you blanch at the prospect of participatory theatre which mines embarrassing mistakes for material, you might want to avoid this two-handed show, but you are its target audience. Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe gather their audience around a conference table littered with crumpled Post-its and, after a suitably toe-curling anecdote illustrating the [...]

Review: I Am Martin Sharry

September 20th, 2012

Black Box at Smock Alley There’s something intriguingly remote about Martin Sharry. His voice is low and unmodulated, his words thick with novelistic detail, his delivery stilted. This biographical solo performance uses similarly dispassionate devices – found objects, photographs, recited texts, a microphone downstage left – for a description of remote lives. Beginning with his [...]

Review: The Last Ten Years

September 20th, 2012

St Patrick’s Cathedral “We create the problems so we can sell you the solutions. It’s our job.” In the intimate setting of a side chapel, within the majestic and glorious St Patrick’s, some gutsy theatre is created. The raw materials: 11 real people, who have each clearly lived a life, and the alchemy of singer-songwriter [...]

Review: Codes

September 20th, 2012

The Lir The dancing body and its interaction with digital technology has provided rich collaborative pickings and Dublin-based MIDASpaces are the latest group to investigate the interaction of bytes and neurons. Codes is slickly produced and refreshingly confident in execution, but it presents rather than interrogates the relationship between the living, breathing body and the [...]

Review: My Fair Mot

September 20th, 2012

4 Whitefriars, Aungier Street My Fair Mot offers up a language lesson as a theatrical experience. A collaboration between a local community group and Eleonore Nicolas, it invites the audience to a classroom setting for a “dialogue in real time” and an education in “Dublinese.” Taught by two Dublin schoolboys, and a trio of teens [...]

Review: (The Making of) The Frogs After Aristophanes

September 20th, 2012

Project Arts Centre – Cube There’s something infectious about performers taking pleasure in what they do. Their enjoyment spreads irresistibly to the audience. And so it is with The Frogs. Amid chaos and confusion they unravel their colourful set and costumes to bring Aristophanes’ comedy about playwriting to the stage, building it up as we [...]

Review: Funk

September 20th, 2012

Samuel Beckett Theatre Back in the eighties, I used to sit under a duvet eating ice cream, watching Fame, and wishing I was a little more energetic. I remember being partly thrilled and partly repelled by the shiny, exuberance of the students from the New York City High School for the Performing Arts, and they [...]

Review: Singlehood

September 19th, 2012

Projects Arts Centre Chances are, you’ve already heard about Singlehood, Una McKevitt’s work on being single, a play that describes itself as, confusingly, “not a play”. And that’s not the only confusing thing about it; on-stage, eight characters tell us about their lives as singletons, moving in and out of different characters with each move [...]

Review: BRB (Be Right Back)

September 19th, 2012

Black Box at Smock Alley Certain things seem like a good idea at the time until reality finally catches up with us. The legendary Oisín, entranced by Niamh’s promise of eternal youth, journeys to Tír na nÓg and loses 300 years there. We turn to the internet for a moment and emerge some aeons later [...]

Review: The Revolution Will Be Televised, Retweeted & Available on 4oD.

September 19th, 2012

Smock Alley Despite the promise of paradigm-shifting multi-media interactivity implicit in the title, Abie Philbin Bowman’s comedy show is quaintly traditional in execution, but none the worse for that. Aside from a garish entrance, which sees him in a pastel balaclava and crushed velvet jacket, Philbin Bowman’s performance rests on the sharpness of his wit [...]

Review: DISCOnnected

September 19th, 2012

The Kitchen nightclub Music pumps from The Kitchen as we wait to go deeper and down to DISCOnnected. Queuing for a nightclub before darks feels distinctly teenage-disco, but sadly the club-night we are about to witness is an adult one. Performers Stephen O’Rourke and Sarah Baxter jostle at the bar, drink shots, stalk each other [...]

Review: Clowns

September 19th, 2012

Smock Alley Better known as a musical comedy group, Dead Cat Bounce take the old chestnut about the crying clown and mine the concept to produce an invigoratingly hilarious show. Backstage after a particularly disastrous show, a trio of children’s jesters – arthritic, world-weary Bobo (Shane O’Brien), pretentious Bozo (James Walmsley) and overeager Binky (Damien [...]

Review: I’m Not A.D.H.D., I’m B.O.L.D.

September 19th, 2012

The New Theatre When a little boy with attention deficit hyperactive disorder turns up in primary school teacher Dana’s class, he unleashes behavioural traits she long thought she’d conquered. After one too many inappropriate responses to the child’s jibes – force-feeding the lactose-intolerant mite milk, for example – Dana (an excellent Jacinta Sheerin, who co-wrote [...]

Review: Jimmy Stewart, An Anthropologist From Mars, Analyses Love and Happiness in Humans (And Rabbits) and 30 Cecil Street (Double Bill)

September 19th, 2012

Samuel Beckett Theatre 2 It’s strangely appropriate that these two solo shows – utterly different in style but each involved in its own search – should somehow find each other. In the first part of a beguiling double bill, Tassos Stevens presents the story of a Martian, named after the phlegmatic film icon, trying to [...]

Review: The Wave

September 19th, 2012

The Back Loft In the tradition of The Lord of the Flies and Cat’s Eye, The Wave tells a story of adolescent cruelty and group dynamics. In an effort to discipline an unruly class into preparing for an Honours History paper, the exasperated Mr Quinn resorts to tactics used in Nazi Youth camps. First terrorizing [...]

Review: This Is What We Do For a Living

September 18th, 2012

Boys School, Smock Alley Tumble Circus’s This Is What We Do For a Living is staged like a comeback concert. Kenneth Fall and Tina Machina have been performing together for 17 years. They have shared beds and bedsits, successes and injuries, and the show is as much about their relationship as it is a showcase [...]

Review: Time Bomb

September 18th, 2012

From Castle St Memories aren’t all that interesting in themselves. What makes them interesting is how they relate to the present day, how they imprint themselves on minds and bodies, and ultimately how they define who we are. Time Bomb is a multi-layered journey – metaphorically and in reality – into reminiscences, but although the [...]