Scorch – Theatre Review

Scorch by Stacey Gregg is a look at the actions of a transgender teenager, brought up in a world of homophobia and sexism. The protagonist, Kes, played by Amy McAllister, is a 17 year old who secretly identifies as male, he thinks. He brings us through his experience of what he considers normal, like always… Continue reading Scorch – Theatre Review

We Don’t Know What’s Buried Here – Theatre Review

We Don't Know What's Buried here, by Grace Dyas and presented by TheatreClub, traces the failings of the Irish state in our recent history. This show is inspired primarily by the fate of the Sean McDermot street laundry, which is set to be sold to a hotel group. Early on and throughout the show we… Continue reading We Don’t Know What’s Buried Here – Theatre Review

Book Review: Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas imagines an America where abortion is illegal. This is due to the introduction of the 28th (Personhood) amendment into the American constitution two years prior to when the story takes place, which gives "the consititutional right to life, liberty and property to a fertilized egg at the moment of conception.… Continue reading Book Review: Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Neeson, Ansari and #MeToo

While the #MeToo movement shook Hollywood, with its ripples felt globally, including the calling out of Michael Colgan here, the less black and white stories are beginning to emerge and many people aren't happy. When asked about the #MeToo movement on The Late Late show, Liam Neeson began by saying it was a bit of… Continue reading Neeson, Ansari and #MeToo

Mr Burns a Post-Electric Play Review – showing the persistence of the arts

This review contains spoilers Mr Burns a Post-Electric Play is brought to us in three acts, each showing us a glimpse of a post apocalyptic America, first in the near future, then in 7 years on, and finally, after another 75 years. Anne Washburn's script is an incredibly intelligent investigation into the survival of human… Continue reading Mr Burns a Post-Electric Play Review – showing the persistence of the arts

New Minister Josepha Madigan called out for anti-Traveller bigotry

In the wake of Francis Fitzgerald resigning, the Department for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltachta got a new minister, Fine Gael TD Josepha Madigan. This is Madigan's first cabinet position and already she is facing opposition. Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger said, in the Dáil that appointing a TD who has had anti-traveller material circulated in… Continue reading New Minister Josepha Madigan called out for anti-Traveller bigotry

Sexual Harassment & Gender Inequality

Irish social media has been ablaze since the 27th of October when Grace Dyas, Dublin based theatre maker, posted about her experience with Michael Colgan, who had been the Artistic Director of The Gate for 33 years, until earlier this year. Since Dyas’s piece, more and more women have commented on social media sharing their stories.… Continue reading Sexual Harassment & Gender Inequality

The Bitter Game Review

A one man show, written and performed by Keith A Wallace is a powerful piece of theatre exploring life and culture in African-American communities and hammers home the message that black lives matter. In an interview Wallace said that although he draws a diverse crowd, his expected audience was white and middle class. The fact… Continue reading The Bitter Game Review

Waiting For Justice – short play by Terry Murphy

Written as a piece of street theatre in 2016, this piece takes inspiration from Waiting for Godot to satire the jury selection for the Jobstown Trials. Background In 2016 the DPP attempted to exclude everyone with a connection to Tallaght, and anyone who has expressed their opinion on the water charges, either in public media… Continue reading Waiting For Justice – short play by Terry Murphy

Heartbreak – Emmet Kirwan

A powerful spoken word poem, and the most memorable piece to come from ThisIsPopBaby's "RIOT", Kirwan tells the story of a young working class woman and her experience. From looking at sexism faced on a daily basis to showing the hypocrisy of a society that condemns her for being a poor single mother, while papers… Continue reading Heartbreak – Emmet Kirwan