Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Best Theatre of 2017

In accordance with being a critic in December, I must be writing my theatre picks for 2017. Keep an eye out for a more thought-out analysis in the Irish Independent.

If you think I got it wrong, sound off in the comments. 

Best Director
Caroline Byrne - Katie Roche
Annabelle Comyn - Dubliners
Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd - Hamnet
Enda Walsh - The Second Violinist 
Alexander Wright - The Great Gatsby

Best Set Design
Ciaran Bagnall - Red, The Great Gatsby
Owen Boss - The Same
Francis O’Connor - Private Lives, The King of the Castle
Monica Frawley - The Red Shoes
Joanna Scotcher - Katie Roche

Best Lighting Design
Aedín Cosgrove - Crestfall 
James F. Ingalls - The King of the Castle 
Paul Keogan - The Red Shoes
Sarah Jane Shiels - Neon Western
Kevin Treacy - Radamisto

Best Costume Design 
Sarah Bacon - The Water Orchard
Monica Frawley - The Red Shoes 
Peter O’Brien - The Great Gatsby
Molly O’Cathain - Mr Burns: A Post Electric Play
Francis O’Connor - Private Lives 

Best Music 
Ivan Birthistle - Tribes
Donnacha Dennehy - The Second Violinist
Peter Power - Neon Western
Andrew Synnott - Dubliners
Isobel Waller Bridge - The Great Gatsby

Best Video Design
Adam Gibney - The Effect 
José Miguel Jiménez - Hamnet
John Gunning and Claire O'Reilly - Jericho
Conan McIvor - Tribes
Jack Phelan - The Water Orchard, The Second Violinist

Best Choreography
Philip Connaughton - Extraterrestrial Events 
Jessica Kennedy and Megan Kennedy - Soldier Still
Vicki Manderson - Jimmy’s Hall
Emma Martin - Girl Song
Liz Roche - The Red Shoes

Best New Play
Caitríona Daly - Normal 
Owen McCafferty - Fire Below (A War of Words)
Seanan McDonnell - End Of.
Bush Moukarzel, Ben Kidd and William Shakespeare - Hamnet
Emma O’Grady - What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten Inside?

Best Performance
Justine Cooper - Girl Song
Caoilfhionn Dunne - Katie Roche
Clare Dunne - Tribes
Julie Koenig - Soldier Still
Louis Lovett - Dublin by Lamplight
Siobhan McSweeney - Autumn Royal, Katie Roche 
Aaron Monaghan - The Second Violinist
Alex Nowak - Tribes
Patrick O’Kane - Red
Owen Roe - One for the Road, Melt

Best Ensemble
Fire Below (A War of Words)
Jimmy’s Hall
Let the Right One In
The Great Gatsby

Best Breakthrough
Eoghan Carrick - Nora
Stephanie Dufresne - The Red Shoes
Thomas Finnegan - Red
Charlie Maher - Melt
Aoibheann McCann - The Great Gatsby

Best Comeback 
Sean Campion - Katie Roche
Karen Egan - Dublin by Lamplight
Charlene McKenna - The Great Gatsby
Rosaleen Linehan - Woyzeck in Winter, The Red Shoes
Lynda Radley - Futureproof

Worst Production
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
The King of the Castle
What Put the Blood
Woyzeck in Winter

Productions I Missed While Looking in the Wrong Places
Beckett Hazelwood
Drinking in America
Far Away 

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