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This is a truly powerful play that makes a killer impact and deserves the hype surrounding it and its’ sold out status. It is written and directed by Mark O’Rowe who is a rising star in Irish playwriting. It’s great to see the Abbey doing contemporary plays and taking chances on new Irish writers.

I must warn you though the subject matter is disturbing without doubt. It is a play about the guilt and shame of family secrets that will have you on the edge of your seat. The acting is first class with standout performances from both Sinead Cusack and Ciaran Hinds. It also stars two Love/Hate actors, Charlie Murphy as the devoted daughter and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as her new boyfriend who unknowingly kickstarts the revealing of some old family secrets. I loved the homely stage setting, the normality of it and the underlying tension that pervades the play.

It is on in The Abbey until October 25th but at this stage I think it may be returns only. There was a large Standby queue the night we went so you may be lucky.
http://www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats_on/event/our-few-and-evil-days/

Helen Brown, the Local Homes Editor from IKEA FAMILY magazine, contacted me through my blog and invited me to take part in their House Call.

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As part of this project, they invite people with inspiring homes and some items from IKEA to share pictures of their home in the online magazine.

I was already thinking of doing some home improvements and what better incentive than a trip to IKEA and a deadline! I headed off to IKEA on a Sunday afternoon and stocked up on some essentials then came the fun part of dressing my home, clearing away the clutter and taking some photographs.

The result appeared in the August Edition of IKEA FAMILY magazine:
Living in Dublin – August 2014
http://www.ikeafamilylivemagazine.com/ie/en/article/38773

If you shop at IKEA and would like to take part in the House Call feature, contact Helen Brown on localhomes@ikeafamilylive.com for further details.


Brittany was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She was just 29 and has been given six months to live. She has chosen to die her way. As Brittany says, ‘Make sure you’re not missing out. Seize the day – what’s important to you, what do you care about, what matters – pursue that and forget the rest’.

I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways Maybe it’s all part of a plan

Check out this awesome video choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance: Emmy-winners Tabitha & Napoleon D’umo, aka “Nappytabs” and starring Brittany Cherry dancing with Ed in a beautiful ballroom routine.  Enjoy!

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Thailand 2014 – Irish Lads Travel Thailand

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I was invited to the world premiere of The Mariner by Irish writer Hugo Hamilton as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival last Thursday night. It’s set in 1916 during WW1 and tells the story of an injured sailor, Peter Shanley, after the Battle of Jutland in the North Sea. He has returned home to Cork after an incident in Portsmouth where he left his boat without permission and has been dishonourably charged from the Royal Navy. There is also some confusion as to his identity as his head is heavily bandaged and he has been rendered mostly mute and when he does speak he does not make any sense. The war has changed the boy his mother knew and she begins to question whether it is indeed her son. His wife is delighted to have him home and her love for him eventually is the key to drawing him back to reality. This leads to conflict between the three of them as the mother searches for answers.

It is lovely to see a play with two strong lead female characters. Sally, played by Lisa Dwyer Hogg, shines in the part of the young, slightly naive wife delighted to have her sweetheart home. The part of the overbearing mother, Mrs Shanley, is played splendidly by Ingrid Craigie. It is play about a mothers love versus a wives love and the struggle between the two but ultimately it is a tale of the brutal aftermath of war and the changes it leaves upon the people it touches. It is a very well written play using the power of dialogue to reveal just enough to make us question the man’s identity.

There is no interval and the play runs for about 90 minutes and this lack of interruption works well. The sparse staging and lighting add to the dark atmosphere. There is an injection of humour in the play throughout the dialogue which is much needed. Sally also adds a brightness and lightness to the play but ultimately war leads to a loss for everyone involved. I was kept captivated throughout the 90 minutes.

It is on in the Gate until 11th October. For more information and to book tickets, click on the link below: http://www.gatetheatre.ie/production/TheMariner2014

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You were all just perfect little satellites Spinning round and round this broken earthly life

This beautiful song is by Sara Bareilles taken from her 2013 album The Blessed Unrest. Enjoy!

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