ANNOUNCING NEW WORK – The Lonsdale Project, with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

I've been relatively quiet since I've been back from NZ, theatrically. I've certainly been posting more about Polyglots and books than my own productions. This hasn't been a dry spell so much as a period of planning and incubation.  Aside from the epic trilingual feat that is Te Rōhi, the influx of drama teaching gigs …

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What I Just Saw – The Fever, Dublin Theatre Festival

I've had the Dublin Theatre Festival programme in my room for months, adorned with a post-it saying 'EARLY BOOKING ESSENTIAL'. Yet, did last-month Sian heed her own advice, and grab tickets to The Lost O'Casey? Basic organisational skills would be a fine thing. No heavy hitters from DTF will be appearing on the blog. A …

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My Friends Are Cooler Than Your Friends (Don’t Get Upset Now, We All Have Special Talents – Perhaps Macramé Is Yours)

Just a quick round up of some of my more fantastic friend news from September-October. Some delicious Ireland and UK based second-hand brags.... BLACK JAM : CURE at the Dublin Fringe Festival First up is my coven leader, Yemi aka Osaro aka Amanda Azams aka the founder of and driving force behind Fried Plantains Collective …

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What I’m Reading Now – Saint Joan of the Stockyards, by Bertolt Brecht

Time to write about a play. If only to confirm that I do read them and that I do, in fact, like theatre as well as books. So, first off, I love Brecht insofar as any political or socially engaged theatre maker is indebted to him. He's the Nicki Minaj of Weimar-era shit talking and …

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What I Just Saw – Jimmy’s Hall, Directed by Graham McClaren

After being such a Deirdre Of The Sorrows about one of the Abbey's recent offerings, I am determined to be nice about Jimmy's Hall. I went to see it for the cast. Actors Lisa Lambe and Ruth McGill are two of the soundest leading ladies in Irish theatre, and they joined a cast including Bosco …

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What I’m Reading Now – The Story Of My Teeth, by Valeria Luiselli

Every so often I read a book so good that I want to snuggle it like a pet and recite it at ceremonies. A book that gives me solace, as it assures me that my writing never really mattered, anyway, because half the literary world could down tools tomorrow and this book would take care …

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My Friends Are Cooler Than You Friends (I’m Sorry To Break The News So Bluntly, But Someone Had To Say It)

I studied at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, which my phone just tried to autocorrect to read 'Central School of Speech and Dreams' which it sort of isn't but is trying to be. (FYI I refuse to add the Royal to it's name, unless the title was granted by Europe's only legitimate queen, …

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What I’m Reading Now – Foundation’s Edge, by Isaac Asimov

In a previous blog, I levelled a few charges against old school sci-fi. Namely, that it can be humorless, long-winded, dry as a rice cracker,  krhynjee (that's 'cringey' spelt in the language of the Beefliklijek sector), varying degrees of sexist and racist. I believe I said it 'does not date well' - I was feeling …

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