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Once Review

It would be very difficult to label Once up as a mainstream theatre musical. In fact, it would be very difficult to put the ‘stage production,’ into any specific category at all. No, it isn’t a straight musical, though it does contain original songs with all of the cast partaking in vocal proceedings, but there is no orchestra, and said company all play their own instruments. Is it a play? Well, there certainly is a clear narrative running through it, but I wouldn’t call it a play either. One word that I can and will describe it as though, is most definitely… unique.

Based on the superb 2006 Academy Award winning film of the same name, written and directed by John Carney, and set around the original songs of Glen Hansard, Once revolves around a Dublin based street busker known only as ‘Guy,’ and his relationship with an Eastern-European single mother,
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West End Production Of Once Extends Booking To May 2014

The Producers of the eight time Tony award-winning musical Once today announce that booking for the West End production extends to 31 May 2014, releasing over 200,000 new tickets for sale at the Phoenix Theatre.

With a cast led by Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cviteši? as Guy and Girl respectively, John Tiffany’s West End production of the hit musical opened at the Phoenix Theatre in April this year where it has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. At each performance, live on stage, the Company play 10 Cf Martin guitars, 2 violins, 1 melodica, 1 cello, 2 mandolins, 1 ukelele, 1 bass guitar, 1 banjo, 2 cajon’s, 1 drum kit, 1 piano, 1 harmonica and 1 concertina and on the West End’s only on stage bar, audience members can join the cast for the start of the show and at the interval.

Based on the much-loved Oscar-winning film, Once is a celebration of love, friendship and music. When an Irish busker and
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Casting Announced For West End Production Of ‘Once’

We’ve received news that the West End version of the film Once, has announced who’ll take on those lead roles that Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová portray on the big screen. Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cviteši? will lead the cast as Guy and Girl respectively in John Tiffany’s West End production of the Broadway hit musical opening at the Phoenix Theatre in Spring 2013, that we first reported on last year.

Once has book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh. Based on the 2007 motion picture written and directed by John Carney, music and lyrics are by Academy Award® winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who, for Falling Slowly, won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Scenic and costume designs are by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Clive Goodwin, musical supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe and movement by Steven Hoggett.

Having received
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12th Annual EU Film Festival Highlights, Week Three: ‘Angel,’ ‘Left Bank,’ ‘Eden,’ ‘Fear Me Not’

Chicago – The third week of the 12th Annual EU Film Festival at the Siskel Film Center is nearly upon us and we’re back to give you an idea of what to expect in the second half of arguably the best fest in the Windy City. We feature great new films from Ireland, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Belgium.

The first half of EU 2009 (which you can read about here and here) produced some excellent films including Ireland’s “Kisses,” Denmark’s “Worlds Apart,” and France’s “Shall We Kiss?” There’s nothing that we’ve seen that’s quite as notable as “Kisses” or “Worlds Apart,” the two best of the fest through week three, but there is a quartet of films well worth seeing this weekend. Get your calendar out and take notes.

You’re going to be busy on Saturday with a dark trio of quality films - Denmarks “Fear Me Not,
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Interview: Eden Star Eileen Walsh

Winner of the Best Actress award at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, Eileen Walsh is an Irish actress known largely for stage work and an Irish TV show, Pure Mule. But her new movie Eden, which won her the award at Tribeca and opens today, has already introduced her to American audiences with her tender, heartbreaking performance as Breda, an ignored and lonely wife. The martial drama started as a play performed in Dublin, and Walsh knew the director, screenwriter, and her co-star Aidan Kelly, all of which went into making Eden the emotional experience it is. Having traveled again to New York while five months pregnant, Walsh talked to me about getting into her lonely character, and the grand experience of making the movie with who she calls "the boys." Were you in New York when the film was at the Tribeca Film Festival? I was here for three
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Opening This Week: Mumbai fairytales, Harry Potter fandom and Bond, James Bond

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By Neil Pedley

There is plenty of (semi)lighthearted fare at the art house this week with Danny Boyle tracking a "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" whiz kid in Mumbai, Arnaud Desplechin looking at a family reunion in France and a Bollywood musical playing out in Miami, followed by films that are distinctively more "hardcore," whether that refers to Harry Potter fans or elderly curmudgeons. Oh, and there's also some globetrotting carnage with our man Craig -- Daniel Craig.


If this debut effort from "Melvin Goes To Dinner" producer turned writer/director D.J. Paul is to be believed, the best way to support our brave boys serving overseas is to send them some sunscreen and a truckload of Sudoku books. Marooned in the middle of the Afghan desert guarding a radio tower, four army reservists (Adam Rodriguez, Nicholas Gonzalez, Kevin Weisman, Brendan Sexton III) do battle with the
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Eden trailer

The film is directed by Declan Recks. The film stars Aidan Kelly, Eileen Walsh, Padraic Delaney and Karl Shiels. The film is adapted to the screen by Eugene O’Brien. It is based on the play of the same name by Eugene O’Brien.


Breda and Billy Farrell are a seemingly happy, normal couple approaching their tenth anniversary. In private, however, their marriage shows signs of strain. As Billy begins to obsess over a young woman, Breda desperately searches for a way to preserve their bond.

The film is all set release on November 7 th

Here is the trailer


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'Eden' to open Irish Film Festival

'Eden' to open Irish Film Festival
Declan Recks' "Eden" has been selected to screen as the opening night film of the first Irish Film Festival of Los Angeles, which kicks off at the Clarity Theater in Beverly Hills on Oct. 2.

"Eden," starring Eileen Walsh and Aidan Kelly, is the portrait of a married couple that Eugene O'Brien adapted from his play of the same name.

The closing night special event on Oct. 5 will include two rare Irish silent films accompanied by a live orchestra with an original contemporary score composed by Eimear Noone, Irish film composer and conductor of the Los Angeles Ballet.

The festival will also screen Tom Collins' "Kings," the first Irish-language film ever submitted in the best foreign-language category for an Academy Award.

Other titles in the lineup include "Grandpa...Speak to Me in Russian," directed by Louis Lentin; "Shalom Ireland," directed by Valerie Lapin; "Learning Gravity" (aka "The Undertaking"), directed
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