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Smother review: Dervla Kirwan whispers her way through a mess

Pat Stacey


Smother, RTÉ One **

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Dervla Kirwan gives a decidedly odd performance in season two of Smother, which is more soap than psychological thriller

Dervla Kirwan gives a decidedly odd performance in season two of Smother, which is more soap than psychological thriller

Dervla Kirwan gives a decidedly odd performance in season two of Smother, which is more soap than psychological thriller

Anton Chekhov’s famous advice to young playwrights – dubbed “Chekhov’s gun” – was that if you’re going to show a gun on stage in act one, you’d better make damn sure the thing gets fired in act two or three.

Do anything else and you’re cheating the audience by making promises you have no intention of keeping.


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