The show suggests that dancing really is Gralton’s cure for everything

Jimmy Gralton was infamously deported from his own country for giving his community a space for dancing and revolutionary ideas. T(...)

Jimmy’s Hall

Jimmy’s Hall, Tennessee Williams and some fresh Rivals

Willie White, artist director of the Dublin Theatre Festival blowing the 60th anniversary candles with Lynn Parker  (Rough Magic, Melt ), Ollie West (from  Hamnet), Grace Cathal (from Girl Song) and Sean McGinley (from King of the Castle, Druid). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Festival director Willie White says programme is about ‘keeping our momentum’

The cast of Druid’s Penelope by Enda Walsh  in Washington: Olga Wehrly, Niall Buggy, Karl Shiels, Aaron Monghan and Denis Conway

The Druid stalwart nearly gave up acting in the wake of DruidMurphy but he's kept working to improve himself and his art. “It’s li(...)

Jon Snow: any spare dragonglass going?

Who can you trust these days in war-torn, backstabbing, deeply divided Westeros?

Eoin Cannon as Frank, Jacinta Whyte as Angela, Marty Maguire as Malachy and Bryan Burroughs in Angela’s Ashes. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

The new musical jabs at some nerves – its vision of homelessness and hunger are not distant threats

Jason Bateman in Ozark

Jason Bateman plays a straitlaced man who turns to crime in desperate times. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before ...

Aaron Monaghan in ‘The Second Violinist’ at Black Box in Galway, part of the Galway International Arts Festival

Sex and violins from Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy, and Limerick’s own Les Mis

Kneehigh Theatre presents Tristan and Yseult  as part of the 40th Galway International Arts Festival . Photograph:  Steve Tanner

Kneehigh’s shipshape, fleet production comes closer to home at the Galway International Arts Festival

 Siobhán Cullen,  Kate Stanley Brennan and  Amy McElhatton in  Mark O’Rowe’s Crestfall. Photograph:  Stephen Cummiskey

Mark O’Rowe’s unloved and long unpublished play has finally returned from the dark. Perhaps it might have stayed there

MyAnna Buring as DI Helen Weeks gets her breakthroughs in an unusual fashion

This BBC shows presents us with a crime and a detective that both need to be solved

Patrick O’Kane as Woyzeck and Shane O’Reilly as Andres in Woyzeck in Winter, which  opened at the Black Box Theatre  as part of the Galway International Arts Festival.  Photograph:  Colm Hogan

Woyzeck and Schubert meet in a lambent, music-hall spectacle

Daenerys sets out to to reclaim her gloomy ancestral home, Dragonstone

The first episode of the new season arrives into a changed world and women are on the warpath

Cersei Lannister now sits upon the Iron Throne, but given the fate of her children, she may not be the most benevolent ruler

As the new season starts, here's the state of play in Westeros and beyond

I’ll drink to that: The Great Gatsby at the Gate Theatre in Dublin is a full-blown party, complete with cocktails for the audience. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Culture Shock: The Gate’s ‘Great Gatsby’ immerses the audience in alcohol, and not just in the play

Much of Emma Rice’s career has been invested in fairy tales, such as her famed production of ‘The Red Shoes’. Photograph:  Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times

At a bleak time to live in London, the Globe artistic director decided to base her farewell season around love

Friends from College: ‘vacillates between wired comic energy  and more serious intimations of betrayal and missed opportunities’. Photograph: Netflix

Mopey Xennials get together for a 20-year college reunion and hover between Gen X cynicism and Millennial optimism

All that jazz: Cast and audience get into the swing of things in The Great Gatsby. Photograph: Agata Stoinska

The audience joins in the decadence in the Gate Theatre’s thrillingly immersive production

Patrick O’Kane and Camille O’Sullivan in Woyzeck in Winter

The Galway Arts Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with an ambitious, wide-ranging programme

Actor Owen Roe in a party sene from ‘The Great Gatsby’ at the Gate Theatre, Dublin

Designed to include members of the audience, the Gate Theatre’s adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel begins at the door

Liam Carney and Lorcan Cranitch in Two Pints

Roddy Doyle’s series finds skilful new shape in the Abbey’s pub-crawling two-hander

 Christy Dignam, lead singer of Aslan, performs during the Bulmer’s Evening Meeting in Leopardstown, Co Dublin in 2016. Photograph:  Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

This Is Christy review: Music is more than a source of succour in this part biography, part tour diary of the Aslan frontman Chris(...)

On Francis Brennan’s tour, anyone not found laughing is an automatic pariah

Francis Brennan’s Grand Tour of Vietnam review: If you ever sat through someone else’s holiday snaps, you’ll know the feeling

Ahead of season seven, here’s everything you need to know about the ground-breaking fantasy drama

El Chapo: He’s ruthless, enjoys tunnels and relies on a single scowling facial expression

The Netflix show can’t discern between the gravity of fact and the thrill of fiction

Charlene McKenna, The Great Gatsby Gate Theatre. Dublin

If the nation does not come to the theatre, the theatre must go out to the nation

Kris Nelson is departing as Dublin Fringe Festival director to take up a job in London with Lift. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dublin festival is now seeking a new artistic director and a new general manager

‘A surface politeness so unyielding it would send chills down a maître d’s spine’: Nashville, and Nathan Carter

A city of constant professionalism, Nashville should suit the Irish country music star just fine

To play soccer in 1950s Ireland was to defy a nationalist agenda. John Giles had plenty to renounce

Naomi Watts in Gypsy: this show does  not trust its viewers to grasp its subtleties

Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup get lost down rabbit hole of mind games

Sudan, slow, unhappy and torpid as he pads glumly around the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, his retirement home

A documentary on the last male of the northern white rhinoceros can’t decide to proceed with a light step or a heavy heart

The new  Shaw Room of the National Gallery of Ireland. Photograph:  Marie Louise Halpenny

In this documentary, the National Gallery gets a depiction worthy of its renovation

Harrison Wilding and Witney White in Room

The songs in this adaptation are curiously conventional for an unconventional piece

Blade Runner 2049: the sequel emerges as the world has just about caught up with the dark forecasts of the original, set in 2019

Culture Shock: ‘Futureproof’ shows how prescient it can be to imagine the worst

Squared circle: Alison Brie in Glow. Photograph: Netflix

Second-wave feminism gets Reagan-era chauvinism into a headlock in this enjoyable confection about empowerment and the media

John Walsh, doing his driving test at the age of 101

TV review: Too Old For the Road? quickly becomes a vehicle for wider, poignant considerations

The cast of Redwater, which was filmed in Wicklow, includes Fionnula Flanagan and Ian McElhinney

Festering with secrets and toxic family dynamics, it’s easier to get into Redwater than it is to ever leave it. Unless you’re a vi(...)

Julia Stiles, ‘a fascinatingly flat actor’, as Georgina Clios in Riviera

It’s a quality show that could also pass as a satire on the budgets of prestige television

Helen McCrory as  tough-talking, chain-smoking, whiskey-swilling human rights lawyer Emma Banville

A breathless show that fast-tracks every plot and character and goes all the way to the top

Lisa Dwan in No’s Knife, now at the Abbey Theatre

The actor gives Beckett’s words a more aggressive, tortured reading

Susan Ateh as Bernie with Fionnuala Flanagan as   Agnes, ‘who alters between being casually disparaging or stridently demonic’. Photograph:  Patrick Redmond/BBC

The knotty TV drama shot in Dunmore East is nearing its conclusion

I Am a Bird: ‘A play full of swift, involving ideas and deep personal feeling’

Ross Gaynor’s tough monologue is set in the aftermath of a terrorist attack

Orange is the New Black kicks off season five

The clock is ticking for Piper, but she stopped being the show’s star long ago

Missing You: It’s rare to get so immediate a sense of someone’s personality, or relationship. But the gift of Skype to a TV show is that everyone seems to speak to us directly

Missing You, a patchwork of recorded Skype calls between Irish friends and families across the world, provides intimate access to (...)

The cast has been whittled down to two protagonists, Noel (Steve Blount) and the social worker Moira Tierney (Claire Barrett)

Shay Linehan’s adaptation yanks hard on the heartstrings throughout its benign performance

“It gets me into trouble, Mac,” Denise Gough’s Paula says, suggesting similar sexual consequences to those of a slasher movie

Conor McPherson’s shape-shifting drama bears the consequences of Paula’s own double life

A mural for Love. Photograph: George Rose/Getty Images

‘Love’ is the closest most of us will get to seeing the Liverpudlians in concert

The Keepers: “Timely in its deep distrust of authority and its determination to take back power.”  Photograph: Netflix

The students of a murdered Baltimore nun investigate her killing decades later, and uncover a damning trail of abuse and cover-up

Actor Denise Gough makes very good choices by playing characters who rarely do

Denise Gough is superb in a drama that is high on horror and low on lightbulbs

Kyle MacLachlan in  Twin Peaks. Photograph: Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

Review: 25 years on, David Lynch still seems to be making stuff up as he goes along

   Katherine Pearce and Lesley Sharp in Three Girls. Photograph: BBC/Parisa Taghizadeh

The final episode of the astonishing drama moves into the courtroom and the aftermath of the horrific events in Rochdale

Kathryn Hahn, Griffin Dunne and Kevin Bacon in I Love Dick

In Jill Soloway's new show, a sexually-spent couple devise an erotic game over their desire for Dick, an unreconstructed cowboy-ar(...)

Molly Windsor, Liv Hill, Maxine Peake and Ria Zmitrowicz in Three Girls. Photograph: BBC

The BBC’s three-part dramatisation of the Rochdale child sex abuse scandal is unflinching in its truth-telling

Shot in muted hues and pale light which make its real location, Dunmore East, look especially serene it is hard to decide whether Redwater is a silly show redeemed by its seriousness, or a serious show alleviated by its silliness

Kat and Alfie’s quest is slowed by native distrust, uneasy transitions and a minefield of Irish clichés

Jocelyn (Naomi Battrick), Verity (Niamh Walsh) and Alice (Sophie Rundle). Photograph: Sky

Bill Gallagher’s immensely unsubtle writing results in absurd, generic and risible TV

Boys on tour: Ed Byrne and Dara O Briain on southeast Asia

They make for sensitive presenters and endearingly awed tourists, but don’t expect comedic fireworks when Dara and Ed go on holida(...)

“The production suggests everyone is the product of stifling or corrupting forces”

It’s hard to know what to make of the sexual politics of John B Keane’s play

Eva O’Connor and Stephen Jones in Fishamble’s Maz and Bricks. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

If even the Dublin Luas lines will eventually connect, then why can’t two people come together despite their political differences(...)

Ian McShane, once again enjoying the dry comedy of acting the scoundrel, as Mr Wednesday in American Gods

Folding durable ancient myths into disposable Americana, American Gods must first appease the demands of Neil Gaiman’s fanbase

Panoraia and Dr Ciara Kelly in Body Shopping

This moralising documentary could have some further work done, and predictably finds people in urgent need of a confidence transfu(...)

Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On explores how technology has changed the sex industry and even sexuality, normalising porn and supercharging desire

A new documentary series on technology and sex depicts a fascinating, horrible achievement: we have finally managed to take the pe(...)

 Rory Nolan at rehearsals for “Waiting for Godot”: “For that energy the comic character has to have, there has to be a dark side to it.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Druid actor Rory Nolan takes his comedy seriously - which may explain his impressive ability when it comes to theatre, and to trol(...)

Desperate housewives: Big Little Lies

It was tempting to dismiss this show as something befitting the playground. (Or, at least, I did.) But it repaid closer attention (...)

Former artistic dirctor of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan claimed that the 2015 production of Romeo and Juliet (above) was so poorly attended that “we’ll be paying for it for two years”. Photograph:  Pat Redmond

Culture Shock: A report finds the Gate’s audience has it in a chokehold – but rather than pander to its audience’s supposed tastes(...)

The cast of Versailles attend a press screening

The most expensive ever French TV show hits our screens for a second season. So what is a king to do?

 DI Sleet as a male model in an art class with Richard Osman.  Photographer: Oliver Upton

Björk, the sparkling pixie dream child, has been murdered, in the return of the ludic, improvised celebrity-addled Murder in Succe(...)

Selina’s loyal “body man” Gary (the brilliant Tony Hale), her walking handbag, is  likely to be buried with her

A year ago, the scabrous comedy Veep seemed like a sour joke about chaotic US politics. Now it returns like an escapist parallel u(...)

Guerrilla ties to hit a number of moving targets

What’s good enough for Derry is good enough for Brixton, in Sky’s tough new show on an overlooked British history

‘See, Julia has autism,’ says Alan Marouka, the token human, ‘she likes it when people know that’

As ever, Sesame Street shows society how to be that bit more accepting, with a character modelled on her performer’s autistic son

The show labours intensely, and slowly, to draft in familiar faces from Breaking Bad, as though rewarding patient fans

Bob Odenkirk’s engaging huckster is a man who can neither escape his past nor his future

Hoteliers Francis and John Brennan with James and Joanna Fennell of   Burtown House   near Athy in County Kildare. Photograph: RTE

Francis and John Brennan have to upscale a small café to a 100-seat restaurant, which is not easy when the owners turn the car-par(...)

Rob Brydon is too eager to impress, while Steve Coogan is a libidinous loner with few interests beyond himself in The Trip to Spain

On Sky Atlantic, the comedy duo play versions of each other (and everyone else) while on a road trip obsessed with the final desti(...)

‘Oh my God, I didn’t write this script’:  Áine Lawlor and Ella McSweeney on Big Week on the Farm

This experiment in agri-tainment, broadcast live from Cavan pastureland, is an immensely stressful exercise in animal husbandry

Ireland’s Property Crisis: Ceire and Maurice Sadlier with their family

TV Review: Part 1 of the RTE documentary offers numerous personal stories but no answers

Selina Cartmell on the roof of the Gate Theatre: “I hope artists  will feel it is a theatrical home for them to create their strongest work, their most inspired work.” Photograph: Agata Stoinska

In her first interview in her new role, Selina Cartmell, only the fourth artistic director in the Gate's 90-year history, discusse(...)

Richard Dormer and Alexandra Moen in Fortitude. Photograph: Sky Atlantic

With the rest of the cast butchered, beheaded, incinerated, infected, crushed, and shot, Richard Dormer is left to steal the show

Dave Chappelle: “Obviously, black people have slower internet connections.”

The black comedian has two new specials on Netflix. But is he a secret conservative?

Brendan O’Carroll in All Round to Mrs Brown’s. Photograph: Graeme Hunter

“Who the hell watches Mrs Brown?” About half the audience share, according to the figures on Brendan O’Carroll’s new chat show

Donal Gallery, Siobhán Cullen and Ali White in The Effect at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Two volunteers on a drugs trial begin to have some strange attractions in Lucy Prebble’s love-sceptical play

Skilled and subtle: Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge. Photograph: RTE

Cutting Edge is a talk show that actually demonstrates listening. These days, that’s a pretty sharp tactic

Siobhan Cullen and Donal Gallery in The Effect. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

What happens when love really is the drug? Lucy Prebble, writer of Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Enron, explores the options wit(...)

Paul Reid, Caitríona Ennis  and Colin Campbell  in  Corn Exchange’s “Dublin by Lamplight” at the Abbey Theatre until April 1st. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Corn Exchange’s marvellous, witty creation brings house down at the Abbey

Mireille Enos as lead PI with her team in ‘The Catch’ on Sky Atlantic

Perma-smirking Peter Krause and thrillseeker Mireille Enos back for series two of the Shonda Rhimes show

The drug  Primodos was prescribed to identify pregnancy, but campaigners say it was responsible for deformities in childen

A pharmaceutical scandal over birth defects in Britain has been unravelling and stalling for half a century. Can a documentary bri(...)

A performance of almost microscopic detail: Michael Gambon in  Samuel Beckett’s Eh, Joe

In two short plays at the Beckett Friel Pinter Festival, one brings us up close and personal with a great actor, while another fin(...)

Marvel's Iron Fist

Iron Fist is the last and by all means least of the comic book stable’s street-level heroes

Divide conquers: streaming pushed all 16 songs on Ed Sheeran’s new album into the top 20. Photograph: Ben Watts

Streaming services’ unforgiving metrics reveal our true habits. But that doesn’t mean we can’t also aim higher

 Smooth-talking and dapper: Declan Conlon. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Falling in love is the hardest thing, in this less-is-more production of Brian Friel’s play

From left, Dylan Burke, Lee Burke, Fiacre Ryan, Hughie Malone, Niamh Biddulph and Adam Harris in Autism and Me

RTÉ’s brilliant documentary focuses on people with autism, and in the words of one contributor is a stirring look at ‘my aesthetic(...)

 Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies

This show wants to be God of Carnage but ends up as Desperate Housewives. And when a character tucks a revolver under her pillow, (...)

From the Women on Walls documentary: artist Blaise Smith creating the group picture of Royal Irish Academy women. Photograph: RTÉ

Cameras follow the brushstrokes as the Royal Irish Academy creates its first-ever portraits of female members

Stefanie Martini as young Jane Tennison: “While Tennison is the protagonist, she is still a marginal figure.”

Prime Suspect 1973 has smart moments and is full of great period detail, but feels thinner than its 1990s forebear

Bring Me Sunshine:  Mikel Murfi in Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk

Shades of Vladimir and Estragon, by way of Morcambe and Wise, brilliantly colour this revived and recast take on Enda Walsh tale o(...)

In the margins: Barry Murphy, Gary Cooke and Risteárd Cooper in the new series of Après Match of the Day. Photograph: RTÉ

The best jokes are in the 1970s-style ad breaks. ‘Don’t have that fifth pint before driving’

Barbara Brennan, Best Actress winner, with actor Amelie Metcalfe at the ‘Irish Times’ Irish Theatre Awards at the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The major prizes at this year’s event were shared among a varied set of productions

Sarah-Jane Moloney O’Regan and her family: Deafness is ‘a huge part of who I am’

It’s a different experience to be deaf in Ireland today, where impediments are fewer and choices have broadened, but a documentary(...)

The Peacock Theatre under the Abbey will become ‘a flexible and responsive venue, with three rapid-reaction events scheduled for May’. Photograph: Alan Betson

The self-described ‘Engine room of Irish theatre’ has spluttered in recent years. With the announcement of 20 productions, the Abb(...)

 Graham McLaren and Neil Murray,  directors of the Abbey Theatre, hope to fire up the Peacock again, with a new programme of plays. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A version of ‘The Tempest’, set in west Kerry, called ‘A Shitstorm’, is slated for theatre

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney  in Catastrophe. Photograph: Channel 4

Like any good double act, Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney have great chemistry, but what sets their comedy apart is its remarkable a(...)

Good cop, sad cop: Olivia Colman, David Tennant and Julie Hesmondhalgh in Broadchurch

The detective series is a study in division,and it also asks tough questions about our approach to victims

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