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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The nominations for the Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard, the most prestigious event in the UK’s theatrical calendar, were announced on Monday 29 February by past winners Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton at Rosewood London, the awards’ official hotel partner.
The awards, which this year celebrate their 40th anniversary, will take place on Sunday 3 April at the Royal Opera House. Public tickets for the event are available from Tuesday 1 March for MasterCard cardholders at www.Priceless.com/London


The Best Actor and Best Actress categories reflect the incredible wealth of talent that has graced the West End stage in the past year. In the Best Actor category there are nominations for Kenneth Branagh, Kenneth Cranham, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adrian Lester and Mark Rylance. The nominees for Best Actress are Gemma Arterton, Denise Gough, Nicole Kidman, Janet McTeer and Lia Williams.

Dame Judi Dench earns her 15th Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role having previously won six awards and one special award, the most of any performer. Also nominated in that category are Michele Dotrice, Melody Grove and Catherine Steadman.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Gypsy and Kinky Boots dominate in the musical categories with eight and seven nominations respectively. Imelda Staunton receives her 11th nomination for her performance as Mama Rose with her co-stars Dan Burton and Peter Davison being nominated as Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical and Lara Pulver nominated as Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical

The nominees for MasterCard Best New Musical demonstrate the diversity shown on the London stage this year with nominees Bend It Like Beckham, In The Heights, Kinky Boots and Mrs Henderson Presents.

Shakespeare’s Globe has reason to be celebrating with the transfers of their productions of Farinelli And The King and Nell Gwynn receiving 10 nominations between them. The transfer of Farinelli And The King is nominated for Virgin Atlantic Best New Play while Nell Gwynn, which transferred to the Apollo, is nominated for Best New Comedy.
English National Opera has received four nominations in the opera categories while the Royal Opera House receives three. English National Opera’s production of The Force Of Destiny is nominated for Best New Opera Production as well as receiving recognition in the Outstanding Achievement in Opera category for Tamara Wilson and the English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra. In the dance categories there are nominations for the Barbican, London Coliseum, Royal Opera House and Sadler’s Wells.

The pubic get invoveled by voting online for some of the awards

The star-studded Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard ceremony will be broadcast in the UK on ITV and Mellow Magic and on the Olivier Awards’ brand spanking new YouTube channel (youtube.com/OlivierAwards) worldwide outside the UK.