In Holy Cow!, pathos was blended with comedic bombast, prolixity with wordless groans, and irony with genuine feeling. The ending was incredibly moving, reminding us of Joyce the man and the writer.
Janet Moran’s performance exuded the confidence of a woman secure in her bodily attractiveness and willing to surrender to her drives, while David Pearse’s Bloom was steady, sane, thoughtful, loveable,
Handed such a whiffy text, director Wayne Pearn took a deep breath and turned it into a play piece of encaptivating ingenuity
Little Gem is a rollicking heart-warmer, though it works hard not to be too sentimental.
Beckett and MacGowran in Paris
Theatre Review by Frances Devlin-Glass John Patrick Shanley: Outside Mullingar, Mordialloc Theatre Company, directed by Helen Ellis, seen 17 Feb. 2017 John Patrick Shanley is a prolific Irish-American playwright (23 to date), most famous for his Pulitzer-prize-winning play, Doubt: A Parable (2004), which was turned into a movie that was nominated for 5 Oscars, and …
Theatre Review by Anna-Rose Shack Vanessa O’Neill: In Search of Owen Roe – La Mama, Carlton, Melbourne. 26th May 2016 Vanessa O’Neill’s In Search of Owen Roe is a one-woman show of gently dramatised storytelling, playing at La Mama theatre in May 2016 after a sold-out season in 2015. Owen Roe, who led an …
Many of the participating poets had been enthusiastic supporters of the Gaelic League – Irish language advocates, poets, playwrights, newspaper writers on cultural and socialist matters. Their loss must have been a severe one to the emergent Free State.
Early on there is lots of inconsequential banter, but once the real story-telling starts, the veneers maintained by the men are stripped away, revealing somewhat complex human beings
one imagines that, as with all oral story-tellers, the verse tethers memory to the story’s emotional highs and lows.