Dublin The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge. Smock Alley Theatre, 7 Lower Exchange Street, County Dublin. To 5 August. 7.30 pm. Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2.30 pm. Runs 120 mins, one interval. To Sun 05 08 12 Tickets: 00 3531 677 0014 www.smockalley.com Review: Michael Paye 13 July 2012. An enjoyable, energetic performance in the intimate confines of Ireland’s oldest theatre.
Oxford/Ireland DRUIDMURPHY by Tom Murphy. Oxford Playhouse Beaumont Street OX1 To 25 August 2012. 22 Aug 7.30pm, 24 Aug 8pm. Conversations on a Homecoming Runs 1hr 45min No interval. 21, 23 Aug 7.30pm. A Whistle in the Dark Runs 2hr 35min One interval, 20 Aug 7.30pm, 23 Aug 2.30pm Famine Runs 2hr 40min One interval. DruidMurphy (all 3 plays) 25 Aug 1.30pm. TICKETS: 01865 305305. www.oxfordplayhouse.com Review: Timothy Ramsden 18 August. A final English week for fine Irish dramas.
MAJOR BARBARA by George Bernard Shaw. Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. To 21 September. 7.30 pm. Saturday Matinee 2 pm. Runs 3hrs 10 mins, one interval. Tickets: 00 3531 8787 222 www.abbeytheatre.ie Review: Michael Paye 9 August 2013. Unbalanced production that, nevertheless, has its moments.
Dublin. QUIETLY by Owen McCafferty. Peacock Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. (Beneath Abbey Theatre). To 15 December. 8:00pm. Saturday matinee 2:30pm. Sign language interpreted performance 6 December. Runs 75 mins. No Interval. Tickets: 00 3531 8787 222 www.abbeytheatre.ie Review: Michael Paye 25 11 2012. McCafferty’s Abbey debut is a must see.
Dublin LORDS OF STRUT “SELL OUT TOUR” Smock Alley Theatre, 7 Lower Exchange Street, County Dublin. To Saturday 10 Nov and Irish tour until 30 Nov. 9.30 pm. Runs 65 mins, no interval. Tickets: 00 3531 6770014 www.smockalley.com // www.lordsofstrut.com/ Review: Michael Paye 6 November 2012. Impressive acrobatics, appalling singing, but that’s okay.
Dublin. THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS: Sean O’Casey. The O’Reilly Theatre 21 Great Denmark Street Dublin 1. To 15 September. 8pm Mat Sat 3pm. BSL Signed 6 September. Captioned 8 September. then tour to 3 November 2012. Runs 3hr 5min One interval. Tickets: 00 3531 8787 222. www.abbeytheatre.ie Review: Michael Paye 3 August 2012. O’Casey’s play revivified in engaging production.
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London. ANIMALS by Emma Adams. Theatre 503 above The Latchmere 503 Battersea Park Road SW11 3BW To 2 May 2015. Tue-Sat 7.45pm Sun 5pm. (Pay what you can Sun.) Runs 2hr 30min One interval. TICKETS: 020 7978 7040. www.theatre503.com Review: William Russell 13 April. A glorious Grimm black comedy.
THE ACTOR AND THE CAMERA: Denis Lawson NHB Published: 2014 ISBN: 9 781848 423459 Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 17 11 14 One of the most important new books on camera acting for the young actor