With witty, razor-sharp dialogue, this is an intense, brilliantly acted play that shimmers with raw honesty.
Jeda de Brí and Finbarr Doyle have written a truly terrific representation of an aspect of contemporary life, with sure-fire dialogue and wonderfully layered levels of rage, fear, and disintegrating trust. It’s a complex, unresolved treatment of a very modern insoluble problem, a serious, extraordinarily well-made play that is as thought-provoking as it is gripping”.”Superbly directed by de Brí ... Katie Foley’s set design, Nicola Burke’s costumes, Dara Hoban’s lighting design are as effective as the writing and playing.
Sickle Moon’s production is an agitated portrait of assured mutual destruction, measured out in duologues about betrayal, consent, envy and abuse. Fans of verbal laceration will enjoy.
Provocative and deeply human.
The dialogue is sharp and rapid, the words emotively delivered, whilst drunken memories are conveniently remembered and misremembered.
This superb, clever piece of writing, excellently executed left me emotionally exhausted. I laughed, cried and sat in shock at the unfolding of a friendship, the unravelling of a regretful night and an impending marriage. Tryst is unmissable, a five-star play.
Cirque Des Rêves is a delightful dark tale told by a wonderful theatrical ensemble that might possibly be the best seasonal show on offer. Brims with warmth, charm and humor despite lurking in dark shadows. Showcases a creative ensemble working at the top of their game. Director Jeda de Brí brought Katie McCann’s wonderful script to life with a heightened degree of theatricality. With snappy transitions, clever staging and some innovative use of props, de Brí crafts a highly physical, well paced production.
Tactics is very well written indeed: it is a thoroughly unpleasant, heartfelt comment on what the authors clearly see as the contemptible nature of all party politics in this country.Directed with fire and discipline by de Brí.
Tactics is an enjoyably wicked combination of black comedy and political satire””A tightly written, well-acted piece, the second from the talented Sickle Moon Productions.
...dazzlingly effective, a clear-sighted little examination of the reality of some “mother-love”... it’s tautly directed by de Brí, with an excellent set by Aoife Fealy.
An absorbing production that dismantles outwardly civilised relationships.Writers Finbarr Doyle and Jeda de Brí, who also directs, have come up with a play that justifies the existence of small theatres.
Aoife Fealy’s design does an admirable job of amassing bric-a-brac, while de Brí manoeuvres the siblings carefully and confrontationally around the debris.A revealing, understated comedy... delicately constructed and subtly performed.
Finbarr Doyle gives a good performance as a naively honest man, full of twitches, anger and childish giggles.
Finbarr Doyle gives an assured, sensitive and well-paced delivery.
A gloomily atmospheric play..contrasting characters add to the atmosphere.
Who can say no to a classic ghost story? It is staged well and is extremely atmospheric thanks to clever use of sound and light.
SPECTRES is Sickle Moon’s final work as the Theatre Upstairs company in residence. It has been an interesting trio, revealing what can be done when people think of character and story, but never sacrificing the visual or entertaining. They are an exciting company and it will be with keen interest to see what direction they take next, and where de Brí as a director will go as well.
A nicely atmospheric adaptation... brings home how close Dr Jekyll is to Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray.Paul Travers gives an excellent account of Dr Jekyll’s horror and despair.