The Importance of Being Earnest | Tamara Malone

We all know of the wit of Oscar Wilde, the man who famously stated, ‘The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about.’ The searing wit of the legendary writer is at its most apparent in The Importance of Being Earnest, a comedic landmark in the parody of Victorian ideals and society. The play unfolds as the narrative of two central … Continue reading The Importance of Being Earnest | Tamara Malone

Bringing back The Dead | Sarah England

The restrictive copyright on James Joyce’s work was lifted in 2012, meaning we are set to see a glut of theatrical interpretations of his work. One such interpretation, right out of the traps, is Frank McGuinness’ dramatisation of Joyce’s beloved short story from Dubliners, The Dead, which opened this past December in the Abbey Theatre. The Dead is set in Dublin in January 1904, and … Continue reading Bringing back The Dead | Sarah England

Sarah Kane’s Cleansed: the shock of the new | Sarah England

When Sarah Kane’s first play, Blasted, debuted at London’s Royal Court theatre in January 1995, critics fell over each to hurl invective, labelling it with adjectives like ‘disturbing’, ‘degrading’ and ‘depressing’. Some audience members walked out, which was a ‘strong statement’ in a theatre so small, according to critic Aleks Sierz; such was the divisive nature of Kane’s ‘in-yer-face mode’ of theatre, a provocative and … Continue reading Sarah Kane’s Cleansed: the shock of the new | Sarah England