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Date(s) – 9 Jun 2018
8:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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The New Irish Playbook/Joe O’Neill, written and directed by Joe O’Neill is a series of short plays that narrate the trials and challenges of everyday life, tinged with strokes of lightness and humour.

O’Neill has been writing for just a few years, since his first play Goodbye to Marie appeared in 2015 at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght. These five shorts were initially performed as stand-alone pieces on separate occasions and O’Neill then made the decision to knit them all together, ‘I felt each of the pieces were very different from each other, and could appear to a wide variety of people’, he explains.

Short performances like these need to entice the viewer quickly and leave them wanting more. They should be sharp and clever; as they have nothing to hide behind. it is important for Irish artists be supported and to have the chance to express themselves and to create new work.Little Shadow Theatre company is only in its infancy, it was founded in order to give up and coming writers the chance to have their plays produced. They have work to do, but it will be interesting to see how the next few productions take shape. Up next, the troupe will travel to London with The New Irish Playbook/Joe O’Neill to stage this production in the Etcetera Theatre in Camden on the 5th and 6th of January. There is clearly great momentum behind the play and a desire to go further than just a small theatre space on Parnell Street, in Dublin. The tension is in there somewhere. Let’s give them a few more years.

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