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Laughter is wine for the soul--laugh soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness. Comedy and tragedy step through life together, arm in arm... Once we can laugh, we can live..

 

Sean O'Casey

 

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Enjoy the browse and if you would like to get in touch, send an email to bestoflondonlife@aol.com

 

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Theatre Review: Portia Coughlan @ Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington

Theatre Review: Portia Coughlan @ Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington | Irish Life | Scoop.it

PORTIA COUGHLAN is a play set in Midlands Ireland about the eponymous heroine on her 30th birthday; tragic heroine or not – that is the question posed by this riveting and magical play.

 

The central casting of Susan Stanley as Portia was inspired – a blazingly convincing performance of an alcoholic and desperately unhappy young woman; hauntingly disturbed by a profound sadness based on the death of her twin brother in a drowning when they were adolescents.

 

There is wonderful ensemble support round this starring performance; Susan Cummins as Portia’s mother, Anne Kent as the horrible ,wheelchair-bound mother-in-law who effed and blinded with the best of them, Ben Mulhern as Portia’s (too) long suffering husband and an absolute whopper of a performance from Veronica Quilligan as the town prostitute.

 

A special mention for James Holmes playing Senchil Doorley, the modest, decent “little guy;” a guy who won’t leave his mark on the world; James Holmes stole the audience’s heart away with a diffident, understated, but stately performance.


But around him, the effing and blinding went on and fitted in well with the fact that everyone else on stage seemed to be smoking all the time and getting blind drunk. Mind you the craic was good in a savage way but so much for small town Ireland!


It is an Ireland which was well re-created (or to be kind, invented) in so many Irish plays of the 1990’s - protectively parochial, full of dark secrets and in this play darkly told.

 

In a series of flytes each character tells family member and friend what they really think of them in lyrical outburst upon lyrical and profane outburst of hatred and contempt and regret; so they rip each other apart. How did Joyce have it – “Ireland is an old sow that eats its farrow.” Indeed!

 

Nevertheless, a marvellous 2015 production of an Irish classic.

 

Shaun Traynor

www.shauntraynor.co.uk

 

 

 

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Portia Coughlan 

Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington

 

28th April - 23rd May 2015

Tuesday - Saturday at 8.45pm

Saturday matinees 3.45pm

Sunday matinees 3.45pm

 

 

 Tickets £16.00 (£14.00 Conc.)

 

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/venue/old-red-lion-theatre-london-tickets/OLDREDLEIH/901?brand=oldredliontheatre

 

More details here:

http://sco.lt/4hlMVl

 

Shelley Marsden talks to Susan Cummins: 

http://sco.lt/8LVZSL

 

 

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WB @ 150

WB @ 150 | Irish Life | Scoop.it

A Nobel affair

 

" When WB and his wife George heard of his distinguished prize, they celebrated by cooking sausages. " 

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A Love Letter to Ireland from Novelist Colum McCann

A Love Letter to Ireland from Novelist Colum McCann | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Nearly three decades after emigrating to America, the novelist Colum McCann finds on every return to Ireland a place that never really lets you go.
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An emigrant writer's unsentimental reflections.

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Ben Bulben Co. Sligo & the Yeats connection

Ben Bulben Co. Sligo  & the Yeats connection | Irish Life | Scoop.it

"Near the top of my own Irish wishlist is a visit to Ben Bulben, in beautiful Co. Sligo"

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Ah, the land of my ancestors!

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Burns Night 2015

Burns Night 2015 | Irish Life | Scoop.it

"Tonight I am reading the poetry of Robert Burns and drinking Scotch whisky, very special Scotch whisky - I am drinking the award-winning Benromach Organic Speyside Single Malt Whisky ...."

 

https://bestoflondonlife.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/burns-night-2015/

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On Robert Burns and whisky.

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Poem of the Week: "Closed Bells" by Medbh McGuckian

Poem of the Week: "Closed Bells" by Medbh McGuckian | Irish Life | Scoop.it

"As we transition into winter, Medbh McGuckian's frosty poem Closed Bells reminds us of the fast-dropping temperatures."


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A Snapshot Of Talent ~ Belfast Photographer ~ Sara Marsden

A Snapshot Of Talent ~  Belfast Photographer ~ Sara Marsden | Irish Life | Scoop.it

 

Beyond London Life caught up with Belfast-based photographer Sara Marsden at the official launch of Create Glow Ltd., where the 22 year old’s glamorous photographs of burlesque dancers caught quite a few admiring glances. Her portrait work, as one guest commented “really captures her subject’s personality” and show “a knack for snapping the perfect moment”.  

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Lough Gowna (taken on a foggy winter's day, during a visit to Cavan some years back)

Lough Gowna (taken on a foggy winter's day, during a visit to Cavan some years back) | Irish Life | Scoop.it
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Irish music I can’t live without from Roisin O

Irish music I can’t live without from Roisin O | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Irish singer songwriter tells IrishCentral the Irish tunes she could listen to over and over.
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I've had a listen to Roisin's selection and I'm impressed!

 

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After the Titanic

After the Titanic | Irish Life | Scoop.it
After the Titanic: A Life of Derek Mahon is a portrait of an artistic life in motion and stirring reflection on the capacity of great poetry to fashion something lasting of our deepest fears and insecurities.  
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Director of The Guard says Irish films are not ‘intelligent’

Director of The Guard says Irish films are not ‘intelligent’ | Irish Life | Scoop.it
McDonagh doesn’t want Calvary regarded as Irish: ‘it’s just set in Ireland with lots of Irish characters’
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Theatre Review: The Clockmaker’s Daughter @ Landor Theatre, Clapham

Theatre Review: The Clockmaker’s Daughter @ Landor Theatre, Clapham | Irish Life | Scoop.it

"In an age before the industrial revolution, a widowed clockmaker breathes life into the statue of a young woman. Blessed with an open heart and enquiring mind, Constance enjoys the amity of the town until fear and misunderstanding bring about her demise. Michael Webborn and Daniel Finn’s new musical introduces an original fantasy fairytale, richly imagined with strong characters and a robust storyline.

 

The plot fuses elements of Pinocchio and Pygmalion but any debt to Disney is counterbalanced with heady themes of loss, love and jealousy. The vibrant score reflects the darker fantasy elements of the story well but also celebrates the parochial nature of village life through an effective chorus.

 

Robert McWhir directs the 20-strong company with style, ensuring that pace and energy never overpower the subtler elements of this simple fantasy. David Shields’ stunning gilt and clockwork set is a marvel of invention and yet provides an eminently practical space for the story to unfold.

 

In a cast teaming with well observed and occasionally downright comic characters, Jennifer Harding as Constance has the unenviable task of bridging the gap between automaton and leading lady. Exquisitely realised, Harding’s warmth and commitment colour the character while her rousing mezzo-belt ably tackles the demands of this exciting new score."

 

 Verdict

Strong production values, a bold score and a committed company add up to an exciting new musical fairytale 4 ****


Paul Vale

The Stage

www.thestage.co.uk

 

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Always happy to spread the word about innovative Irish Writing! 

If you love the idea of a brand new Irish musical, and you are in London this month, catch it now in this intimate space  ... before it hits the big time!

 

For more details and booking info 

 

http://www.landortheatre.co.uk/index.php/booking-office/musicals/the-clockmakers-daughter-99/

 

http://www.clockmakersdaughter.co.uk/

 

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Portia Coughlan: a Q&A with Susan Cummins

Portia Coughlan: a Q&A with Susan Cummins | Irish Life | Scoop.it

 " Shelley Marsden speaks to actor Susan Cummins, who plays the protagonist’s mother in a London revival of Marina Carr’s powerful Irish play. "

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Portia Coughlan 

Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington

 

28th April - 23rd May 2015

Tuesday - Saturday at 8.45pm

Saturday matinees 3.45pm

Sunday matinees 3.45pm

 

 

 Tickets £16.00 (£14.00 Conc.)

 

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/venue/old-red-lion-theatre-london-tickets/OLDREDLEIH/901?brand=oldredliontheatre

 

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Portia Coughlan 

Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington

 

28th April - 23rd May 2015

Tuesday - Saturday at 8.45pm

Saturday matinees 3.45pm

Sunday matinees 3.45pm

 

 

 Tickets £16.00 (£14.00 Conc.)

 

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/venue/old-red-lion-theatre-london-tickets/OLDREDLEIH/901?brand=oldredliontheatre

 

More details here:

http://sco.lt/4hlMVl

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Yeats 2015

Yeats 2015 | Irish Life | Scoop.it

Yeats 2015

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Yeats?

2015?

It's a date.

lets meet and have a walk down memory lane together 

on the strand 

@ Enniscrone

 

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Sun Collective :: Nooses

Sun Collective :: Nooses | Irish Life | Scoop.it

"The second of three live videos filmed in the Pepper Canister Church Dublin, this is Sun Collective, an ensemble of freelance musicians based between Dublin and London. Their arrangements explore popular acoustic music and ‘traditional’ instrumentation."

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Irish Based Artists - London Irish Art Exhibition 2015

Irish Based Artists - London Irish Art Exhibition 2015 | Irish Life | Scoop.it
The London Irish Art Exhibition takes places in London on January 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th 2015. The exhibition celebrates some of Ireland's great artists.
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Imelda May performs Tears of Clew Bay On The Late Late Show

Watch The Late Late Show live and on-demand from anywhere in the world at http://www.rte.ie/player The Late Late Show | Fridays | RTÉ One, 9:35pm Irish Time
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Camille O’Sullivan: ‘I’ve always thought of the audience as a tiger’

Camille O’Sullivan: ‘I’ve always thought of the audience as a tiger’ | Irish Life | Scoop.it
As she presents a 10th anniversary show at the Edinburgh festival, Camille O’Sullivan remembers her first fringe gigs and explains how she puts together her set list
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TateShots: Dorothy Cross

"Working from a remote studio on the west coast of Ireland, Cross often uses the remains of dead animals or other found natural materials in her sculptures."

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Katie Holten: Paths Of Desire

Katie Holten: Paths Of Desire | Irish Life | Scoop.it

Irish artist Katie Holten: Paths of Desire, Mixed media, dimensions variable. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2007

 

http://camstl.org/shop-items/katie-holten-paths-of-desire/


 http://www.katieholten.com/

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Tara West: My Top Ten Places to Write

Tara West: My Top Ten Places to Write | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Tara’s West’s first novel, Fodder, was published by Blackstaff Press to widespread critical acclaim and established her reputation as a fresh and original new Irish writer. Her most recent novel, Poets Are Eaten as a Delicacy in Japan, was published in 2013 by Liberties Press. Tara appears regularly at literary and cultural festivals, including the Belfast Book Festival, the West Belfast Festival, the Aspects Literary Festival and Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. She has an MA in Creative Writin

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An Spailpín Fánach: Why So Serious? The Relentless Misery of Irish Literature

An Spailpín Fánach: Why So Serious? The Relentless Misery of Irish Literature | Irish Life | Scoop.it
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So glad someone has actually stood up and said this! Long overdue!

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Interview: Cillian Murphy returns to the stage in Ballyturk

Interview: Cillian Murphy returns to the stage in Ballyturk | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Cillian Murphy hates spoilers. The clue is in the word, says the 38-year-old actor: to spoil something is to ruin it, and why would you want to ruin someone’s entertainment? So we are at a slight loss, he and I, to describe Ballyturk, the play by his old friend and collaborator Enda Walsh, that has lured the star of Peaky Blinders, Batman Begins and 28 Days Later back to the stage. Not least because Ballyturk defies easy description.
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for info and to book tickets http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/ballyturk

 

 got my ticket booked

wouldn't miss Cillian Murphy onstage

he was mighty in Misterman

such a physically demanding performance

 

and Stephen Rea !  Class Act, always .

 

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