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The Great Hunger ★★★★☆
IMMA, Dublin

In 1983 writer Tom McIntyre and director Patrick Mason collaborated on an adaptation of Patrick Kavanagh’s epic poem The Great Hunger at The Peacock Theatre. The resulting production was a landmark moment in Irish theatre, fusing word and image, movement and text in a startling new way. In this new theatrical version of the poem for the Abbey Theatre, directors Caitríona McLaughlin and Conall Morrison take ownership of Kavanagh’s poem in what is more a staging than an adaptation of the text. 

The poem, which is structured in 14 discrete parts, is shared among 16 actors, who we encounter as we move through the grounds of the old Royal Hospital. The journey is one that changes as the evening turns into night, but McLaughlin and Morrison, sensitive to the scope of sky and the breadth of landscape offered from certain vantage points, allow nature

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Moschino Staged A Puppet Show For Fashion Week

As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world, designer Jeremy Scott chose to release Moschino’s Spring 2021 collection in film format instead of as a traditional runway show. And instead of casting models to strut down a catwalk, he enlisted the Jim Henson Creative Shop to create marionette dolls dressed in his new collection.

Not only was the actual size of each garment scaled-down for the puppet show, Scott also refined his designs. It’s a new direction for the fashion house known for trompe l’oeil trench coats, mini dresses made of plush teddy bears, and gowns that look like Hershey’s Bars.

Instead, for Spring 2021, there were corseted tops, ballet-inspired knee-length dresses, and tailored black skirt suits with trains floating down the runway.

The show was pared down as well, as it was “staged” in a classic salon-style manner. The puppets sitting in the lone first row were

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