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Review: Remember to Breathe at Smock Alley (Fringefest 2015)

Remember to Breathe at Smock Alley

Orla Murphy’s debut to playwriting brings to the stage a delicate yet emotive storytelling experience in which emigrant Maeve makes her final attempt to reconcile the tensions of her past and her complicated relationship with her father.

A modernist piece, Murphy’s writing focuses on the little and the everyday things that bear a heavier significance on later events than initially realised. Through the realistic and humble performance by Liz Fitzgibbon, we dive into Maeve’s past to explore her fun yet ‘bumpy’ relationship with her father – a parent/child relationship which I’m sure many can identify with.

The piece delves deeper into the depths of despair many families experience to flip the child/parent relationship on its head, resulting in more emotion that I had expected to come from the play initially.

In all, Remember to Breathe is a play which gives a lot back to the audience and I believe Orla Murphy’s name is worth keeping an eye out for.

Plays in Smock Alley Theatre as part of Fringefest until September 12. Click here for more info and tickets. 

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