Astronaut – Theatre Review

Astronaut, a one man spoken word piece by Joe Wright, was inspired by the 2016 Apollo House Occupation. Wright has written that he was placed in emergency accommodation as a child, and was too inspired when the Apollo House/Home Sweet Home movement ended to let it rest. He has also said: “We, the people, can go out and march… Continue reading Astronaut – Theatre Review

Maser Mural removed again!

The Maser mural which two years ago was painted brightly across the front of Project Arts Centre was taken down in 2016 following 50 complaints from pro-life people and a battle of online petitions. In response to the complaints, Dublin council stated that Project Arts Centre had not followed the proper procedure to get permission… Continue reading Maser Mural removed again!

EU Eco-design plan and theatre lighting

A change.org petition from The Association of Lighting Designers has been doing the rounds, that theatre designers may be familiar with, which highlights the affects of the EU Energy Directorate on stage lighting. The opposition to theatres being included in this energy saving plan comes from the costs of replacing lights, particularly in older and… Continue reading EU Eco-design plan and theatre lighting

Late At The Gate – Emmet Kirwan – Spoken Word Poetry Review

The Gate Theatre has began Late at The Gate series, allowing new and developing work to be presented on its stage. Kirwan brings us three new poems, a response to The Gate's current production, Look Back In Anger. Kirwan gives the audience some context for his work, telling us about John Osborne's play; about a… Continue reading Late At The Gate – Emmet Kirwan – Spoken Word Poetry Review

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