Read more about the article REVIEW: Dancing at Lughnasa, Olivier (2023)
Bláithín Mac Gabhann as Rose, Alison Oliver as Chris, Louisa Harland as Agnes and Siobhán McSweeney as Maggie (Photo: Johan Persson)

REVIEW: Dancing at Lughnasa, Olivier (2023)

Robert Jones’ set is idyllic. A bead curtain hangs implying that rain is falling and we can see a large tree close by. A curved path winds through the grass and peat to the Mundys’ kitchen with its solid oak dining table, chairs and dresser. To the rear are mountains and a blue sky and bracken lined scrub.Another arrival at the Mundy house is Gerry Evans (Tom Riley) the father of Chrissie’s son Michael. Gerry’s latesst career development is as a gramophone salesman but he is feckless and unreliable although Chris is obviously still in love with him.As the radio symbolises a modern world that is about to descend on rural Ireland, so we hear that a factory will replace the home knitters but there is no place for Rose and Agnes. After Rose meets a boy at Lughnasa known for its trial marriages, the family search for her because they cannot cope with another scandal and Rose is very vulnerable. Rose and Agnes run away to a life of destitution in London. Chrissie, we are told by Michael, will spend the rest of her life as a worker in that knitwear fa

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Read more about the article NEWS: The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer at the Olivier <br>Directed by Dominic Cooke <br>previewing from 23rd September 2021
In rehearsal for the Normal Heart, Dino Fetscher and Ben Daniels (Photo: Helen Maybanks)

NEWS: The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer at the Olivier
Directed by Dominic Cooke
previewing from 23rd September 2021

Love, anger and activism during the 1980s AIDS crisis.A new virus is infecting gay men across New York City.As the rising death toll is ignored by government and the medical establishment, fear and confusion turns to rage and division.Using this anger, writer and activist Ned Weeks sets out to unite the community in their fight for recognition and right to survive.

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Directed by Dominic Cooke
previewing from 23rd September 2021
Read more about the article REVIEW: 13, Olivier Theatre (2011)
Danny Webb as Stephen (centre) and Company - Photo: Marc Brenner

REVIEW: 13, Olivier Theatre (2011)

13 is about politics and the part we play or don't play in decision making. Faced with a society, set in the present where the banks call the shots and where people die in pointless wars, Bartlett questions whether it has to be like this.

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