Striking Out – Episode One Review By Charlotte Reid Sundays, 9.30pm, RTÉ One Amy Huberman stars as Tara Rafferty, a solicitor that finds her fiancé in bed with a colleague the night of her hen do. …

Source: Striking Out – RTÉ One – Review


I’ve stuck up several pieces so far which indicate how Ann Matthews is pursuing a vendetta against Constance Markievicz, one which plays fast and loose with facts. Here’s yet another pl…

Source: The evidence versus yet more Ann Matthews’ smears of Constance Markievicz

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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The Director's Vision


Just a quick post today to direct you to another cool blog (see what I did there?).  New York-based director Cat Parker has assembled an impressive array of sharp interviews with colleagues she calls “NYC’s Indie Stage Directors.”  They make for insightful, informative, interesting reading, and I recommend them to fellow students of directing.

I hope you’ll visit Cat’s blog, DirectorSpeak.

A tip of the hat to the great Regina Taylor for making me aware (on Facebook) of the existence of Cat’s blog.

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The criminal charges brought against Michigan officials in Flint’s water crisis this week included several felonies involving tampering with evidence. The evidence in question is a doctored document that made Flint’s lead levels appear allowable under federal guidelines, making water treatment seem unnecessary—and exposing the city’s residents to unsafe drinking water. In July 2015, following…

via The Doctored Document Behind the Flint Water Crisis Criminal Charges — TIME

Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat may have ended her honeymoon period with Wall Street this quarter. The ex-Morgan Stanley executive won accolades from investors for bringing transparency to Google’s parent company since joining a year ago. As I wrote last October, Porat answered analyst questions with actual substance, a refreshing change from the typical corporate-speak dodges…

via Alphabet Earnings: Asked and Unanswered — Fortune

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