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Starring Dublin As Dublin.

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Long-time readers of rabble will know we love to draw attention to Dublin’s architecture and great architects past and present. Therefore, when we found out that the IFI were running an event called Dublin Plays Itself alongside the Irish Architecture Foundation, we were definitely interested. Patrick McCusker caught up with Sunniva O’Flynn, one of the tour guides, to find out more.

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Put It To The Testo.

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There were splashes in the media last year about harm reduction advice being dispensed at Electric Picnic for the first time. Lazy hacks ushered a sigh of relief – here was a new element to add to well worn column inch filling codology about bog roll and fashionable wellies. Rashers Tierney looks at the need to encourage safer sessioning at festivals and chats to some pioneers in the field out foreign.

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Connemara Cinema.

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Bob Quinn is a filmmaker based in Connemara whose 1975 film Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire tells the story of a film shoot in a Gaeltacht where the actors rebel against their director. The original suggestion and support for making the film came from Eamonn Smullen, who was Director of Education, Sinn Féin The Workers Party.

Upon release, it was greeted as “the first completely native-produced movie that seems capable of holding its own with the best of the world’s new cinema.”.

After a long period during which the negative was feared lost, it was recovered and restored in 2010. Rabble caught up with Bob Quinn to talk about it.

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The Social Fabric.

In Art, Blog, Culture by Caitriona DeveryLeave a Comment

The banners represent key moments of change in history, from the evolution of the Women’s Workers Union in 1911 to recent responses to Brexit. They portray changing issues throughout Ireland and the UK including our present moments of Repeal the Eighth and wars in regions such as Palestine.

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Being Seán.

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Above: A still of Seán and an iconic United Irishman cover. Check out the trailer for the documentary which is being premiered on Tuesday May 15th in the Sugar Club. Tickets available here. Seán Garland is one of the giants of Irish republicanism. As a young man he bore the slain body of the mythologized Sean South after the  Brookeborough raid during the Border Campaign. He led a life that put … Read More

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Translation Years.

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  Kabosh is a company on a mission to challenge the very notion of what theatre is. Their latest play Lives in Translation sold out the Belfast Festival in 2017 and is back for another run. It hones in on the survival instinct of one woman as she navigates conflict and gets stuck in the suffocating bureaucratic purgatory of the asylum process. Rosemary Jenkinson shared some thoughts about the production … Read More

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Season Of The Witch.

In #rabble14, Art, Culture, Politics, Print Edition by Caitriona DevaryLeave a Comment

Bristling with political resonances, Jesse Jones picks apart hidden histories of dissent and resistance. Her installation Tremble Tremble, represented Ireland at this year’s Art Olympics, the Venice Biennale. It features iconic theatre artist Olwen Fouéré and was inspired by research into witches and other feminist histories that are still relevant to contemporary Ireland. Caitriona Devery caught up with her to chat about art and politics.

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The Vampire Simon.

In #rabble14, Blog, Fiction, Print Edition by Simone HarresLeave a Comment

Colours and faces swim past him as he readjusts to the light and tips out his cigarette with a hairless white arm. He glances at his desk, completely clean with a gilded leather finish replaced only this week reflecting the city lights outside. He has relinquished all forms of paper communication.

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What Lies Beneath.

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The premise of Grace Dyas’ new play We Don’t Know What’s Buried Here is simple. Two Magalene ghosts hear about Tuam on the radio and literally go about unearthing the dark secrets of Irish society. If you missed its original run, you’re in luck as a few more dates have been announced. Patrick McCusker finds out more.

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Bring It Back.

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Ever heard of Grace Dyas? You should have. Her recent production Not At Home won Best Production at last year’s Dublin Fringe Festival – and could soon be coming to a town near you. Patrick McCusker caught up with Grace yesterday to find out more and hear about their fundraising campaign to take it on the road.