Theatre tip: War of Attrition

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As you may be aware, we’re big of Devious Theatre from Kilkenny. Their work is some of the best amateur theatre in the country and they’re bringing their latest show, War of Attrition, to the Dublin Fringe Festival next week. “We’ve created the conditions for war, but no one wants to fight.” Daisy is the unwitting star of a viral video, Psycho Chugger, which currently sits on 178,234 YouTube views. And it’s ruining her life. Alan is the one who made it. A blogger who goes by the name of Generalissimo Malaise, he targets the ‘everyday arsehole’. Chris is a homeless man who just got caught in the crossfire of their feud. Devious Theatre bring their destructive new comedy to the streets of Dublin. There will be casualties. The show is directed by Niamh Moroney, produced by Ken McGuire and stars John Doran, John Morton and Roseanna Purcell. It will … There’s more

Calling all singers in Dublin: Be part of the Dublin Fringe Festival

Quick quick quick, read this and then drop Jean Hally an email. It’s going to be fun and you’ll be part of something great. Songs in the Key of D, a Choral Exploration of Dublin City, will take place during the Fringe Festival on 14 Sept in the Smock Alley Theatre. The organisers are looking for singers of all abilities to join them in performing some of Dublin’s best known songs and connect the audience to our city through song. Everybody who likes singing is invited to take part you don’t have to be from Dublin or Irish and you don’t have to a good singer (but I guess it would help if you can hold a note during The Auld Triangle). The choir is being set up set up to bring people living in all parts of Dublin together. Auditions will take place on: – Mon 29 July in … There’s more

The Lion King Is Coming!

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Whether it’s Disney’s animated blockbuster or the world-renowned stage musical, everyone is familiar with the story and characters of The Lion King, as well as Elton John’s soundtrack with such memorable songs as ‘Circle of Life’, and ‘Can You feel the Love tonight’. The success story is such that 15 years later the stage musical is still running on both Broadway and the West End, and boasts being the highest grossing Broadway show of all time. AND IT’S COMING TO DUBLIN! Being a lover of musicals, I’ve tried to get tickets whenever I’m in London but it’s always sold out, which is a testament to its success and popularity. So when the tour comes to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre you can expect to find me begging, borrowing or stealing (albeit unlikely) a ticket from whatever source I can manage. If worst comes to worst, I might even buy one. … There’s more

Fringe Preview : The Circus Of Perseverance

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The 8th of September brings the Absolut Fringe festival back into town for sixteen days of arts, music, comedy and theatre. A self-proclaimed “dream  factory”, it’s probably safe to say there is something for every taste on show from comedy about finding Fassbender to a showcase of photographs of everything tight jeaned in the brilliantly titled ‘Hipsters We Met and liked’. One such show that sums up this up is the highly ambitious ‘The Circus Of Perseverance’ starting from the 10th of September in The Back Loft.  Set in Dublin the play deals with the very real and common problem of feeling everything is a little bit rubbish at the moment and wanting to escape that. Using a series of interwoven stories the characters will break out from the crowd of negativity all set in a circus theme.   ‘The Circus of Perseverance’ is a rambunctious, highly profane production that … There’s more

Night of the Living Dead is…..uh, alive?

You may remember that in May we asked you to assist in funding Devious Theatre’s production of Night of the Living Dead. Well, after months and months of script writing, set design, rounding up zombies, rehearsals etc, the production is running this week! As you read this, there are 3 performances left: Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th. It’s in the Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny and you can get tickets (€13) on 056 7761674 or book online at WatergateTheatre.com. Not convinced? Check out this feedback from last nights opening performance PLUS the prologue: Wow. Just out of #LivingDead by @devioustheatre at @watergateKK Smart, funny, bleak and bloody. – @niamhnic So @devioustheatre’s Night of the #LivingDead last night was brill. Very funny, great acting and writing – totally recommend it! – @niamhsmith We’ll be there Saturday. “They’re coming to get your Barbara”.

Theatre Review: Improbable Frequency @ The Gaiety

Having debuted in 2004, Rough Magic’s Improbable Frequency is by no stretch a new production but its current run is our first time to see it. Although it was new to us we heard many good things before settling into Thursday night’s performance at The Gaiety. Set during World War Two, the production which describes itself as ‘a pulsating cabaret-style musical’ features a cast of characters imagined and real (John Betjeman and Myles na gCopaleen are written liberally for the stage) and tells the tale of a British spy in Ireland. With Peter Hanly reprising his original role as Faraday (the British spy), we open on the scene of the crossword enthusiast being recruited for his mission to Ireland. There he is to investigate O’Dromedary (Rory Nolan), a radio presenter whose song choices appear to be alerting the Germans to the weather conditions and aiding their air raids over Britain. … There’s more

Theatre Review: The Master Builder and The Goddess of Liberty

I‘ve seen some fine theatre in the past week, including Bookworms in the Abbey, The Master Builder in The New Theatre and The Goddess of Liberty in the Project Arts Theatre. Below is my video review of the latter two plays. I’d love to hear what you think. Both The Master Builder and The Goddess of Liberty run until Saturday 18th February. For more information, click on the links below.

Review: Aladdin – The Pantomime @ Solstice Theatre Navan

St Mary’s Musical Society present a fantastic panto and this year it’s Aladdin that gets the ultimate panto makeover. The show opens with the baddest of baddies, Abanezer (Rich Cullen) reciting his evil rhyming plot to get his gnarly, undulating fingers on the magic lamp. The audience was sold straight away. Rich plays a fantastically evil but lovable panto baddie. I wanted to cheer everytime he came on rather than the obligatory boo. The curtains open to reveal a North African souk and after the first energetic, well-choreographed and performed musical number, featuring what seems like a cast of hundreds, the audience is introduced to Aladdin (Ultan O’Cinneide), his brother, Wishy Washy (Matt McGuirk), the Princess Jasmine (Tracy Armstrong) and her lady in waiting, So Shy (Aoife Hoey). There follows a rather madcap, all singing, all dancing, all heart clutching and star gazing, child beating and knicker washing version of … There’s more

Theatre Review: Bookworms in The Abbey Theatre

I went along to see Bernard Farrell’s Bookworms in The Abbey Theatre on Wednesday. Check out my thoughts on it below. Bookworms plays from February 9th until to March 17th in The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and here’s a few links I mention in the video:

In Theatre: The Muse Unbidden by Roger Gregg

THE MUSE UNBIDDEN by Roger Gregg.  The Jack Burdell Experience. THE MUSE UNBIDDEN follows the journeys of self-discovery of several would-be poets enrolled in a Performance Poetry Workshop led by a charismatic unconventional Performance Poet.  Using music and dream diaries, the hapless participants  are cajoled into finding and surrendering to their personal Muses.  As their Workshop progresses they travel a rollicking Odyssey of confession and self-expression as they give voice to their obsessions, desires, wit, pain, and memories. For some their uninhibited revelry in self-expression leads to joyous catharsis, for others to grief and loss.  This innovative musical satire written and directed by Roger Gregg, features a live soundscore performed by a cast of mult-talented actor-musicians including Donncha O’Dea and Noni Stapleton.   Produced by The Jack Burdell Experience as part of their Collaborations Festival, THE MUSE UNBIDDEN runs for one week only Smock Alley Boys School Theatre from Monday 13 … There’s more

Trailer: The Wheelchair on My Face

The ever-innovative gang over at axis theatre sent us their spring programme. It’s jammers with good stuff but the standout highlight for us is this offering from Fishamble: It’s running from February 27th to March 2nd nightly at 8pm. We may have picked it because we also look back on our nerdface childhoods through bottle-thick glasses, so in the interests of catering to the tastes of the many, we also recommend April’s lunchtime theatre offering Let’s Talk Dirty running from the 23rd-27th; the screening of Meet Me in St Louis on February 27th and Brian Friel’s The Loves of Cass Maguire from 8th-12th of May. Plenty more cultured goodness listed on their website which is linked above. Thanks for the heads up guys, we’re all whet about it.

Events: Get Back – The Story of The Beatles @ The Tivoli

Looking for something to do in dull, frumpy-as-a-nun January? Beatles fan? Get Back – The Story of The Beatles hit the stage at The Tivoli Theatre last night and runs until February 14th. The show, charting the rise of John, Paul, George and Ringo from Liverpool’s Cavern Club to their Final Sessions, features a soundtrack of hits such as ‘She Loves You’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Help’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, and ‘All You Need Is Love’. Beatles producer George Martin has commented of the show ‘the vocal resemblance is uncanny’ and the group capture the look of the fab four with scenes transporting you onstage and into the studio with one of the greatest bands the world has ever seen. Interested? Where: The Tivoli When: Jan 19th – Feb 14th, 7.30pm Tickets: €20.00 – €28.50 from 01 4544472 or tivoli.ie

Events: PoP Up! Theatre

Are you looking for something different to do? Are you an aspiring thespian? Do you love the theatre? Well, PoP up! Theatre is where you need to be! PoP Up! Theatre is a night of sporadic theatre, scenes, monologues, beer and entertainment. With scenes from well-known plays with a bit of a twist added to some completely original material, this promises to be a surprise theatre event. A little bit neurotic, extremely narcissistic, touching, innocent and raw all at the same time. Gary Jones, one of the organisers behind PoP Up explained to me that the aim is to put on an interesting and ‘outside the norm’ evening’s worth of entertainment.” I have a sneaky feeling there may be a lot of laughter involved in the evening’s entertainment too! Sure why wouldn’t you want to come along? Where: Slattery’s Pub, Rathmines, Dublin 6 When: Friday 10th Feb Time: 8.30pm Cost: … There’s more

2 New Shows for The Gaeity Theatre: Plaza Suite & Improbable Frequency

Following its hugely successful, Irish Times Theatre Award nominated production of The Importance of Being Earnest starring Stockard Channing in June 2010, award-winning theatre company Rough Magic are delighted to return to Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre with not one but two shows in early 2012. Rough Magic proudly presents  Neil Simon’s hit comedy  PLAZA SUITE For 14 performances only February 20 – March 3, 2012 at the Gaiety Theatre “If only walls could talk…well in Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite they do just that’ Having entertained sell-out audiences in the Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire last July and following a nationwide tour next January and February, Rough Magic bring their highly acclaimed production of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite to the Gaiety Theatre for two weeks only from February 20th to March 3rd 2012. Praised by the New York Times as ‘an impossibly zany new musical’, Improbable Frequency is a tale of spies, physics, … There’s more