The bright side of life

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - GERRY COL­GAN

LIFE IS A DREAM Project Up­stairs, Dublin Previews Mar 27-29 Opens Mar 31-Apr 19 8pm 125-112 01-881691 The Rough Magic Theatre Com­pany, hav­ing re­cently scooped top Ir­ish Times awards for its mag­nif­i­cent pro­duc­tion last year of Schiller’s Don Car­los, now moves fur­ther back in time with Life Is a Dream by Pe­dro Calderón de la Barca. It re­mains the most­pro­duced play of the pro­lific 17th-cen­tury Spa­niard, a dra­matic story of truth and il­lu­sion in which the per­sonal col­lides with the po­lit­i­cal.

This trans­la­tion is by Pro­fes­sor Jo Clifford of Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity, also a writer with a huge out­put, no­tably in clas­sic ver­sions of works by Dick­ens, Lorca and Tol­stoy. The play un­der no­tice, an ac­claimed study of truth and il­lu­sion, was a huge suc­cess for Clifford in the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val 1998 and, with a top-line cast di­rected by Tom Creed, prom­ises to be a ma­jor Dublin event. can’T see ThaT? caTch This Tom Crean – Antarc­tic Ex­plorer Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Give him enough rope: Paul Reid as Segis­mundo in Life is a Dream

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