Trinity LitFest Speakeasy

The Trinity Literary Festival never disappoints. This year, among other events, the line-up for the week consisted of a Joycean Evening at Sweny’s Pharmacy, one of the locations featured in Ulysses; a publishing symposium with a guest appearance from John Boyne, author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas; a Harry Potter-themed debate based on…

Players Review: Made Up

I’ve spent some time trying to figure out how to review Made Up, and I probably won’t do it justice. Written by Aoife Leonard and directed by Emer Heatley, Made Up is a surreal intersection of drama, poetry, and uncannily accurate real-life experience. From the outset, this play blurs distinctions. In a tongue-in-cheek breakdown of…

Players Review: Mudslide

I wasn’t sure what to make of Mudslide. However, this may not necessarily be a bad thing: with its repetitive stage directions, arresting moments of tension, and strangely divided plot, instant clarity is most likely not what directors Elissa Watters and Ursula Mcginn were aiming for.   The play opens on three generations of women.…

Players Review: Mudslide

I wasn’t sure what to make of Mudslide. However, this may not necessarily be a bad thing: with its repetitive stage directions, arresting moments of tension, and strangely divided plot, instant clarity is most likely not what directors Elissa Watters and Ursula Mcginn were aiming for. The play opens on three generations of women. As…

Review: Short Term 12

Every now and then, a film comes along that disproves every stereotype of its genre. Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12 is centred on the lives of helpers at a foster home for disadvantaged teenagers. However, any preachy images this may conjure remain surprisingly absent throughout. The film opens with pensive, understated cinematography and a…