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Donal O’Kelly’s Brace – Fionnuala (Donal O’Kelly)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2013

‘Fionnuala’ is a spirited, passionate one-man play wrought of paradox and contradictions. It is pointedly political, cuttingly contemporary, yet rooted deeply in Irish mythology. It is serious, intense, dramatic, yet funny and irreverent. The language is often lyrical, beautiful, poetic even, though remaining colloquial, naturalistic. A parable for the modern world: a spin-doctoring shill for Shell faces his Damascene moment over the controversial Shell Corrib Gas Project; there’s a lot packed into this hour, and writer-performer O’Kelly is never less than mesmerising in his performance. The story seems to evolve naturally, organically over the performance, until the final, chilling moments cast things in a different light… a masterpiece of modern theatre that assuredly belongs in the tradition of great Irish writing.

Hill Street Theatre, until 25 Aug (odd days only), 8.15pm.
tw rating 5/5 [Andrew Leask]

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