The ‘Trainspotting’ star’s debut as a director is not a predictable low-key indie film but a riotous comedy starring Ray Winstone and Emma Thompson
The festival has shunned an obvious theme in favour of reaching a wider audience
The actor continues her performances of notoriously tricky Irish prose works with Beckett’s Lessness, which comprises 60 sentences apparently chosen at random
Conroy’s new play is about the journey made by transgender people, but more than anything, says the writer, it’s about families
‘Exhibit B’, at Galway arts festival, re-creates 19th-century ‘human zoos’. Are its critics right to say it replicates the wrongs its creator set out to damn?
‘Itinerant director’ Ethan McSweeny is bringing his outsider’s eye to Brian Friel’s translation of A Month in the Country at the Gate
Anne Clarke of Landmark Productions moves comfortably between ‘art-led’ productions and explicitly commercial undertakings. But then she is ‘a little bit like a shark’ – in a good way
The director’s extraordinary take on Shakespeare’s Henry plays, reworked by Mark O’Rowe and starring Aisling O’Sullivan, Derbhle Crotty and Marty Rea, feels like a sweeping epic as a whole, but moment by moment it feels intimate and detailed
David Achter de Molen is better known for his beer drinking viral video than his band’s music – but as a rock and roll move, it’s up there with the best of them
Shakespeare, Dante and Bach feature in a programme that’s strong on the classics
A century and a half to the day since William Butler Yeats was born, Edna O’Brien, Paula Meehan, Philip King, Caitriona Yeats and Cathal Coughlan say why his work still matters
The newspaper columnist derailed a fiery career with plagiarism. Now he’s back with an exhaustive exploration of the war on drugs, and has a sideline helping Russell Brand. But, he says, he’s not looking for a second chance
After two decades in Minneapolis the outspoken former director of the Abbey Theatre is planning his next act
How will Paddy Cunneen’s play Deadly fare in front of the tough critics of a Garda youth diversion project?
Tom Murphy’s great play, currently at the Gate, subverts Irish and English stereotypes. How did director David Grindley rise to the challenge?
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