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April 7, 2020

Business as Unusual 

There’s never been a few weeks like it. A worst of times that makes the hard times look like the best of times. Covid-19 has devastated Irish theatre, and the governments less than measured response is yet another covering of the ears while retreating into la la la la land. Arts, and artists, simply aren’t being heard. Even so, some claim artists are over-reacting. Trying to hustle the limelight by claiming...

December 30, 2019

2019 was a troubled year. A year of questionable lowlights and some terrific highlights, yielding four contenders tying for Production of the Year. A year that began with The Abbey in hot water and ends with them right back in it. Operating a partnership model that, many argue, leaves little room for new work to be developed, or employment opportunities, in a time of Government sanctioned scarcity. Add to that a shrinkage in t...

September 23, 2019

The last bows have been taken and the lights all gone down. Post-mortems come later, but right now it’s about celebrating all those who made Dublin Fringe Festival 2019. From box office staff to volunteers, to those shining lights of tech and stage, Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 saw an army of people working relentlessly to deliver 77 productions, 545 performances, with 54 world premieres, in 36 venues across Dublin city. As the...

September 18, 2019

Dublin Theatre Festival 2019 

In launching Dublin Theatre Festival 2019, Artistic Director, Willie White was crystal clear about his intent;

“Our festival celebrates the collective experience of live performance and contributes to the social and cultural life of Dublin. However, it is getting more and more difficult to make art in the city. The landscape is changing all around us. There are fewer theatres in Dublin now than ther...

August 28, 2019

Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 

Dublin Fringe Festival turns twenty-five this September, and for 16 days and nights it plans on celebrating right across the city. Curated by Festival Director, Ruth McGowan, and the Fringe artistic department consisting of Bee Sparks (manager), and Ciara Coyne (assistant), DFF 2019 strives to present some of most innovative home grown and international performances to hit the city this year. 77 pro...

April 16, 2019

Times They Are A Changing 

There are those who lament the good old days. The days of San Francisco/East Village styled gay culture when being gay was both underground and out there, as glittered and discreet as a disco ball in an illegal night club. A force for change, subversion and revolution when it was still illegal to be gay, as it still is in many parts of the world today. When Pride was an act of defiance and celebration...

April 13, 2019

Be Serious. Be Sensuous. Be Silly.

It looks like summer is striving to find a foothold early this year. And no wonder, for in less than a month the premiere arts festival of the summer is set to once again take over Dublin between May 1st-19th with its usual ferocity, vibrancy and welcoming style. Now in its 15th edition, Dublin Dance Festival celebrates the brilliant, awe-inspiring and thought-provoking of dance from across Ir...

December 31, 2018

2018. A year in which the Abbey Theatre remounted several shows to great success while also exploring new ground. A year that saw the Gate Gatsby return to end a challenging year at The Gate Theatre on a high. The year that saw several revivals and re-imaginings dominating much of Dublin Theatre Festival, including a stunning reimagining of a long lost O’Casey play. 2018 was also a year of new beginnings with both the official...

November 20, 2018

Christmas comes early for opera fans this year. Featuring 32 performances of 5 operas across 17 venues, with productions in Amsterdam as well as throughout the length and breadth of Ireland, Irish National Opera’s programme from January to June 2019, announced today, is nothing if not ambitious. Artistic director of Irish National Opera, Fergus Sheil, put that ambition into perspective; 

“Irish National Opera is not quite a yea...

September 24, 2018

The sets struck for the final time, Dublin Fringe Festival 2018’s  80 productions, 554 performances, with 55 world premieres, that ran in 26 amazing venues right across Dublin final draws to a close. Time to process and reflect. But firstly to celebrate. And to announce this years winners.

Best Production Award

Presented by DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL to the show, production or event that has it all, displaying excellence in every ar...

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