Welcome to this year’s Festival Blog. Over the coming weeks we’ll be posting updates from many of the companies presenting work in the 2013 festival. We’ll have news from the cast and creative teams who are busy preparing in the rehearsal room as well as photos and videos of the work in progress.

Check back with us for more as the countdown to the Dublin Theatre Festival 2013 commences!

Friday, 11 October 2013


So, we've had a change of pace! Rather than posting each review individually, we're going to keep them all together here - just look for the title of the show you want to know about and click on through!

Happy reading.

A Feast of Bones

    “Sinister yet superbly silly” (Entertainment.ie) 

    “A fantastically realised show” (The Irish Times

  “[Transformed] from storytelling exercise into something more special...[Children] got lost in the action” (The Irish Times) 

The Critic
  “A celebratory salutation to the history of performance in Dublin” (Irish TheatreMagazine

“Played with zeal” (No More Workhorse

 (The Irish Times)

Desire Under the Elms
“Artful, austerely beautiful and appropriately severe” (The Irish Times)

★★★★★ “Fresh and new” (Irish TheatreMagazine) 
A “most powerful Corn Exchange production” (The Independent)  

“Filled with impressive performances” (No More Workhorse) 

Dusk Ahead
The simplicity of setting is matched by purity of concept” (The Irish Times

  an ever imaginative company” (Irish Theatre Magazine) 

“Perfection” (The Independent

The Events
“An attempt to embody the effects wreaked upon an entire community rather than individuals” (The Irish Times

  “The struggle to comprehend the things that are utterly incomprehensible” (IrishTheatre Magazine

  “Almost unfathomably good” (Entertainment.ie) 

   “A smart, witty and stylish production” (Irish Theatre Magazine)

“One of the highlights of the Dublin Theatre Festival” (No More Workhorse

Ground and Floor
Thought provoking, unsettling and determinedly enigmatic” (The Irish Times

“Intriguing” (The Independent

The Hanging Gardens
(The Irish Times) 
   “Powerfully written”  (Entertainment.ie)

I’ve to Mind Her
“An emotionally affecting portrait of the self-sacrifice of a teenage carer” (The Irish Times

   “An empathic experiment in narrative and artifice” (The Irish Times)

Maeve’s House
The Irish Times 

The Rape of Lucrece
   “Cracked with sorrow, bristling with quiet rage” (The Guardian) 
    “Camille O’Sullivan’s solo performance is a triumph” (The Times) 

  "Hypnotic" (The Irish Times)


★★★★★ “Alien, but Irish; serious, but profoundly funny; innocent, yet seductive” (Entertainment.ie)

  “A sentimental depiction of the big dreams of a small fry” (The Irish Times)

Three Fingers Below the Knee
The Irish Times 

The Threepenny Opera
Subtly and profoundly human” (The Irish Times

“A loud, brash and fun performance” (No MoreWorkhorse

This Is Not My Voice Speaking
“Clever, slickly choreographed and well executed” (The Irish Times)

Winners and Losers
“A dose of wry humour and a raw perspective (NoMore Workhorse

Some further news and general festival reviews can be found at the links below: 

Irish Theatre Magazine on riverrun

The Guardian: Michael Billington's festival round-up  

Totally Dublin: An interview with Richard Maxwell on Neutral Hero
Totally Dublin: An interview with Megan Kennedy on Dusk Ahead

Totally Dublin: An interview with Yaron Lifschitz on Wunderkammer

The Irish Times: on The Hanging Gardens by Frank McGuinness at the Abbey Theatre

The Irish Times: "Culture Shock": Fintan O'Toole's mid-festival round-up 

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