Archive for August, 2015

Adrian Dunbar, Frank Grimes, Laurence Kinlan, Ian Lloyd-Anderson and Kate Stanley Brennan act int in this Dublin Theatre Festival premiere production, directed by the playwright himself,  Conor McPherson, and with sound design by Gregory Clarke, The Night Alive by Conor McPherson is tipped to be one of the highlights of Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 and it is making its Irish premiere thus its a two birds one stone senario


Set in Dublin, The Night Alive tells the story of Tommy – a middle aged man, just about getting by. He’s renting a run-down room in his uncle Maurice’s house, keeping his ex-wife and kids at arm’s length and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to the next with his pal Doc.


Then one day he comes to the aid of Aimee, who’s not had it easy herself, struggling through life the only way she knows how. Their past won’t let go easily. But together there’s a glimmer of hope that they could make something more of their lives. Something extraordinary. Perhaps.

The stellar cast will feature Adrian Dunbar (BBC’s ‘Line of Duty’), Frank Grimes (who played the young Brendan Behan in the premiere stage production of ‘The Borstal Boy’ in 1967), Kate Stanley Brennan (Dollhouse), Laurence Kinlan and Ian Lloyd-Anderson (both ‘Love / Hate’).With warmth, style and craft, Conor McPherson’s spellbinding play deftly mines the humanity to be found in the most unlikely of situations.

A masterstroke from as writer and director” ★★★★

Time Out


The Night Alive first premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London and afterwards transferred to the Atlantic Theater Company, New York where it won the 2014 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. Now it makes its Irish premiere as part of the 2015 Dublin Theatre Festival programme on the Gaiety stage for two weeks only.


Don’t miss one of the highlights of the theatre year.

This play contains strong language from the out set



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The Thylacine Reports

So, just last week, I had an exam that frees me (interesting choice of words, I know) to pursue the thesis of my choice in order to complete my master’s program. Now, I’m real grateful for the patience of so many people in my department, who has agreed to entertain my ever-changing thesis idea. I finally feel grounded in this one, and think good things (not simply academic) will come out of this commitment.

So, I’m going to attempt to talk about the general idea behind my thesis, without going into specifics. It has to do with vector-borne diseases (I have a specific one in mind) and how they manifest environmental and technological networks in the way they spread and are subsequently recognized my anthropic authorities as real diseases. I’m not going to go into epidemiology of the diseases exactly, but focus more on the actors present in “inventing” the…

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A publication! A publication! My kingdom for a publication!.

There were four (yes four, count them!) productions of Titus Andronicus at this year’s Fringe, but the one theese folks went to see was produced by Tripped Theatre.

The Real Chrisparkle

Titus AndronicusFlushed from his success at his own Spoken Word event earlier this evening, we will hopefully have met up with our friends Lord Liverpool and the Countess of Cockfosters for a couple of late night shows. The first is Titus Andronicus, but it isn’t as straightforward as all that. There are four (yes four, count them!) productions of Titus Andronicus at this year’s Fringe, but the one we’re going to is produced by Tripped Theatre. Here’s the promotional blurb: “Tripped Theatre returns once more to the Fringe with a stripped back production of Shakespeare’s bloodiest revenge tragedy in a glamorous and deliciously filthy adaptation that will thrill, revolt and force you to simultaneously love and loathe the flock of flawed characters it portrays. Titus comes back from war as a damaged and reluctant celebrity forced into his nation’s limelight, but his dreadful thirst for revenge sends him and his…

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looks a great wordpress event for diversity and equallity on th 3rd week of september 2015 in Dublin *pumps fist in the air for diversity!*

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Automattic, the company behind, is committed to diversity: providing a platform for everyone to publish on the web and building a diverse, distributed workforce around the world.

A collaborative effort between Accelerate with Google and Automattic, the Accelerate.LGBT conference series is designed to help diverse businesses and nonprofits optimize their web presence, empowering professionals through focused workshops and hands-on, one-on-one support from Automattic and Google employees. We held our first event in San Francisco this past April, which was a great success.

We’re excited to announce the next free Accelerate.LGBT event on September 17, 2015, in Dublin, Ireland. Here’s a sneak peek of the sessions for this afternoon event:

  • Get found on Google Search and Maps
  • Optimize your website for business
  • Engage a younger audience with your brand
  • Find the best talent for your organization — inside Google’s hiring secrets
  • Unlock your organization’s online potential

If you live in Dublin or…

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Malachy McKenna Wins The PJ O’Connor Award of 2014  for “The Quiet Land”


The Quiet Land by Malachy McKenna, first prize winner in the 2014  PJ O’ Connor Awards, a deceptively simple but gripping play about two elderly farmers in an isolated part of the west of Ireland, “terrified every single night in our own home” by crime. “We’re exiles in our own godforsaken land,” as one summarised it. With the issue once more at the top of the political agenda, it was a timely reminder of the human cost, with characters whose lives and dilemmas felt heartbreakingly real.” — Article by Eilis O’Hanlon on

Find the article here:


Congrats Malachy 🙂

Listin to the play in ful here at this link ; lRTE Radio Drama Hub

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Nature Boy: Hamlet at the Barbican

88bf25d0-f533-40eb-bb14-e994c1e510c5-1360x2040 Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet. Photo by Johan Persson for Reuters.

Spoiler alert. Everyone knows the plot of Hamlet, but this post contains plenty of spoilers regarding the set and direction.

We saw Hamlet on only the fourth night of previews (the notorious night of “technical difficulties” and Cumberbatch’s stage-door plea for people to stop filming him), so I wouldn’t call this a review. It is more a document of my experience as a theatergoer, and my thoughts about the production as it stood that evening. There may well be changes to come, since that is the purpose of previews. I only wish I could return after opening night in order to savor it anew.

Barbicantheatre2 The “Curtain” is in two parts. One lifts up and the other sinks down.

In the first scene, the “curtain” (actually a solid, metallic looking barrier) opens to reveal…

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Dancing at Lughnasa – Tickets selling fast!.

Back by Popular Demand!
by Tom Murphy


Preview Wednesday 28th October
Opening Thursday 29th October

Returning for a VERY Limited run!!!

“Masterful achievement”
The Irish Times

Tom Murphy is highly regarded as one of the greatest living Irish playwrights. This production was the very first time a Tom Murphy play was ever been staged at the Gate Theatre.

The Gigli Concert came to the Gate with rapturous acclaim and due to incredible demand it is back for a very limited run. It is a fiercely satirical and beautifully crafted play about the endurance of the human spirit and our ability to achieve the impossible.  JPW King (played by Declan Conlon) is a ‘Dynamatologist’ caught between the demands of Mona his mistress, Helen (played by Dawn Bradfield), the unattainable love of his life, and an insatiable taste for vodka. For King, the recurring question is how to get through each day. Then a mysterious Irishman (Denis Conway) walks into his office wanting to sing like the great Italian tenor, Beniamino Gigli…

Prepare to be swept away. 

Cast Includes:
Dawn Bradfield
Declan Conlon
Denis Conway

Director – David Grindley
Set & Costume Designer – Jonathan Fensom
Lighting Designer – Sinead McKenna
Sound Designer – Gregory Clarke