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ABSOLUT Fringe 2011

Nutshell review: What are poets for?

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Today’s review:

What are poets for (in a Destitute Time?)

(Denis Buckley; CityArts)

Sophia Purcell’s review: An intellectually charged one-man show from live artist Dennis Buckley, which forces us to question the events presently occurring in this broken destitute Ireland through the spoken word. Staged in the new intimate surroundings of the CityArts theatre complex, he uses visual imagery, video bank and live narration, to takes us through a streaming consciousness of poetry.

In both the opening and closing acts, he cleverly challenges his own thought process. Religious undertones questioning creation emphasize the dark nature of his consciousness in which he concludes that the word itself is power and the basis of an ordered society.  He is a man searching for meaning in modern Ireland looking to the poets of the past to find his answer. This piece is very much a work of art and an interesting use of juxtaposing the spoken word with visual imagery.

In three words? Emotive, visual, intimate.

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