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Oorlog (Theater Artemis): 

"It’s very playful, and even the non-physical elements like sounds and language are used to gently teach the entertaining lessons.

Oorlog’s scenes are not all militaristic. Some of the mini-dramas are based around a nose-bleed or a clash of understanding and motivation." - Alan in Belfast

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"...Theater Artemis know exactly what they're doing and how they're doing it. Their cluttered set, along with their cluttered narrative, defies easy explanation, but so does war itself. Just like Oorlog's trio of uniformed soldiers at war with both themselves and their audience. But it's a playful kind of war, naturally."  Simon Fallaha

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"Tristan and Kallista were in stitches laughing out loud throughout most of the performance, starting from the beginning when various objects on stage dominoed about and crashed and collided and fell into further disarray before the 3 performers arrived gingerly on stage through the door, very anxious, and wearing ill-fitting, old-fashioned military uniforms.Crystal McClean, Castle Review Academy Blog 

“I think it was really funny. My favourite part was at the beginning when everything was falling over, that was really fun. 

“It was hilarious!” Tristan, age 11

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Milo's Hat Trick (Cahoots NI):

"Dubbed Milo The Magnificent, he is anything but, with none of his magic tricks coming off any more. The desperation in Popovich's eyes is palpable when Milo must use his wit and initiative to somehow put the magic back into his act. Otherwise he'll vanish from the public eye. Luckily, our hero comes across a rabbit and, later, a bear (expertly, uniquely puppeteered by Crystal Zillwood) who are more than willing to help – although ensuring that they do exactly what he wants them to will be tricky, to put it mildly.

That, for want of a better word, is part of the "magic" of Milo's Hat Trick. The play has a series of joyous illusions, featuring audience participation (be warned, Popovich might pick you to play along!) alongside a trio of genuinely intriguing plot strands on Sabine Dargent's set of five curtains." - Simon Fallaha, The Big List

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Removed (Prime Cut Productions, writer Fionnuala Kennedy):

"powerful themes" "The Adam we see isn't necessarily the Adam he wants to be, but how many will know that? How many will want to know that? How many will he even want to tell?"

Simon Fallaha

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" communicates the resilience of young people who suffer a system that is meant to support them but so often doesn’t.
The observations, the small details – the beans dripping down a girl’s arm – are splendid and paint a rich picture. There are incredibly funny moments amongst the pathos."
Alan in Belfast 

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"Director Emma Jordan has coaxed a compelling, nuanced performance from newcomer Conor J Maguire as Adam, who reels off the names of all the social workers who’ve been responsible for his care: Patsy 1, Patsy 2, Linda, the one with the limp, the one with the red hair, Paul, Kate… it goes on and on. He’s finally unanchored when he’s sent to a children’s home, where kids can do as they please as long as they’re in by 11pm.

Maguire has the full attention of the audience, as he leads us through a life without parents.  His shy smile and bewildered eyes hint at a much deeper hurt than his words convey." - Grania McFadden, The Deadhead Review Blog

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Loo (Ponten Pie):

"Performer Natàlia Méndez Castell explores the sandy beach – made from fragments of cork – unearthing maritime objects. She’s unafraid to make a mess, scooping up handfuls of ‘sand’ and scattering them about her as she moves around the whole shoreline, much to the delight of each child she passes. The show’s scale shrinks – and the children’s attention is once more grabbed – as the bow of a small boat is discovered and sailed around the stage before encountering a totally unexpected shower of sand as the wind shifts."- Alan Meban, Alan in Belfast Blog 

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Expedition Peter Pan (Het Laagland):

"The dialogue is fast and furious; the staccato speech broken up with an occasional burst of singing (truly the best performance of out-of-tune harmony singing in the EU!) and a fabulously uplifting song and dance routine to finish.

The school children attending my performance reacted without prompting to challenge one performers’ suggestion that they didn’t contribute to society, retaliating with strong shouts to the contrary. A lovely moment of provocation and reaction." - Alan Meban, Alan in Belfast Blog. 

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The Musician (Belfast Ensemble)

"ambitious, high quality, unapologetically opera, and accessible to audiences young and old" Alan in Belfast

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