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    Dance and the female body

    choreographer/dancer Lucy Suggate reports on ‘Mind In The Flesh: Female Bodies in Contemporary Performance’, a 3-day dance symposium on what it means to be a female artist today, presented by Dance Limerick

    More information at http://dancelimerick.ie

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    The second coming of WB Yeats

    Evelyn O’Rourke reports on ‘The Second Coming’, a theatrical imagining of the second coming of WB Yeats.  It is directed by Mikel Murfi and featuring the Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company at the Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo

    Full details at http://fidgetfeet.com 

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    Homophobia and football

    the actor/playwright Rob Ward talks about his role in “Away From Home”, a play about the culture of homophobia in football which is on in Dublin next week as part of the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival    

    Full listings at www.gaytheatre.ie

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    Theatre Review

    Sophie Gorman reviews the production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at the Abbey Theatre

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    One man show about model-making

    Pat McGrath, playwright talks about his play “Small Plastic Wars”, a one-man show about an obsession with model-making. It opens at the New Theatre in Dublin and then tours the country for the month of May as part of this year’s Bealtaine Festival

    See www.feilenabealtaine.ie for full details  

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    The Rising

    Imagine the story of the 1916 Rising told in a way you’ve never heard before, through music, song and dance by two characters with two radically different points of view. The play ‘The Rising: And By Way Of Interludes World War 1’ does just that. Rachel Breslin went along to rehearsals at a busy city centre venue, The Powerscourt Theatre.

    ‘The Rising: And By Way Of Interludes World War 1’ is currently on tour. It plays this evening at The Theatre Royal in Waterford, in An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny on February 27th, The Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge on March 22nd and Powerscourt Theatre in Dublin from Match 11th – 21st. For more details go to http://www.powerscourttheatre.com/.

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    Irish Times Theatre Awards

    The 17th Annual Irish Times Theatre Awards took place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin.

    With three judges seeing upwards of 150 productions between them, the competition was fierce this year…and Sophie Gorman was there in the audience.  Joining the conversation by phone is Tom Vaughan Lawlor who won the Best Actor award.

    The awards will be featured on RTE 1 at 8.30pm on Friday, February 28, as part of The Works. More information can be found at www.irishtimes.com

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    Marriage Plays

    The “Art of Wedlock” is a night at the theatre with a difference.

    Each night, the audience will enjoy five different one act plays, written at different times in different parts of the world. But all the plays are connected by the fact that they consider an aspect of marriage.

    Matthew Ralli is the director of the project and he is in studio with actors Deirdre Monaghan and David Heap

    The Art of Wedlock – a night of five one act plays – opens next Tuesday at the Chancery Lane Theatre, that’s February 11th and runs until 18th of February.

    For further information click http://www.culturefox.ie/event/the-art-of-wedlock/25156.aspx

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    Swan Lake

    On the 9th November 1995 a new production of Swan Lake was unveiled at the famous Sadlers Well Theatre in London.

    Within minutes of the performance starting though, there were ripples in the audience because the role of the swan was being danced by a man on stage for the very first time.

    Nearly twenty years later this now famous production lives on, and is visiting Dublin in a few weeks time. To find out more about the show, Evelyn O’Rourke went to London to meet up with some of the dancers and the team behind the show.

    Swan Lake is visiting Dublin later this month and will be performed from Tuesday 25th February to Saturday 1st March at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. More information can be found at http://bordgaisenergytheatre.ie/

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