Archive for July, 2016

Theatre's Not Dead!

Stacy, written by Jack Thorne is a one man play which really does pull the rug from underneath you and then continues to hit you round the head with it. It’s fast, hilarious and shocking, performed with tremendous skill by actor Nick McQuillan.

I don’t want to give too much away, as part of the power of the production is the surprise of it all. It follows the story of Rob, a sort of everyman who has just had sex with his best friend, the titular Stacy. It takes in his whole life leading up to this moment and the immediate consequences. The writing is incredibly sharp and no word goes amiss in this complex and multi-layered story. It truly is a feat of writing; It seems at times one of the most honest pieces of theatre I have seen and then at times the most deceptive. It’s rude and…

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Theatre's Not Dead!

‘Chicken Soup with Barley’, while being a hearty meal makes for a largely depressing play. Heavily political it charts the success of capitalism and the death of socialism accelerated by gaps of ten years in London’s East End. It’s depressing because it’s about the death of ideas and progress, and a violent call to arms against political apathy which seemingly has fallen on deaf ears. Shocking when it was first performed, the overtly political messages of the play have lost none of their zeal today, and it is easy to see why theRoyal Court have chosen to stage it.

Politically ‘Important’ and ‘Relevant’ it may be, I found the play to be a gloomy experience with little in the way of catharsis; it was far more about ideas than people. The characters were all quite extravagant and representative of political identities that I felt little attachment to them, and didn’t…

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Come see my MA classmate Cloina in action in oct 2016 she is excellent


Lady Justice is a work in development that seeks to dramatize the story of the survivors of Symphysiotomy and their ongoing campaign for justice as well as interrogating wider issues of power, knowledge and authority.

It originated from a ten minute performance in December 2015 as part of a practice-as-research project investigating the ‘representation of the real’ in documentary theatre. The original performance ‘Walking on Thorns’ used a multi-media documentary theatre format and incorporated elements of video, projection, shadow puppetry, masks and movement. It relied heavily on primary source material and included audio testimony from survivors.

Survivors of Symphysiotomy #SOS is the largest advocacy and support group in Ireland for women who underwent the procedure. Information about them can be found here

Dates and Location

Saturday 8th October, Galway, Venue & Time TBC



About the Artist

Clíona O Connell is a part-time MA student in the…

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