Cathy Belton: commanding solo performance. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

The Match Box ***   Alone in a house on Valentia Island, in a quiet sanctuary pierced only by skirling seabirds, a nervy woman pl(...)

Stan Douglas has just been explaining the genesis of his photograph, Abbott and Cordova, 7 August 1971, which forms part of his exhibition Mise en (...)

Graham McLaren and Neil Murray of the National Theatre of Scotland, who have been appointed as the new co-directors of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, beginning on July 1st, 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The appointment of Neil Murray and Graham McLaren as co-directors of the Abbey Theatre may signal a new approach to the idea of a national theatre (...)

Olwen Fouéré in Lessness at the Barbican’s International Beckett Season in London earlier this summer. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

It was hardly the first time that Olwen Fouéré had been the object of scholarly fascination. She is the artist, after all, who co-founded one of Irela(...)

Exhibit B recalls dehumanising and triumphalist displays of colonialism

**** Who is watching whom in Exhibit B, the intensely provocative performance installation from South Africa’s Third World Bunfight? Audience m(...)

Objection! Leading the witness

** “Only the evidence matters,” says Henry Munroe (Eoin Geoghegan) early in Síghle Ní Chonaill’s bilingual dramatisation of the 1882 trial of t(...)

Amy Conroy: a physical performance entirely free of parody

Luck Just Kissed You Hello Mick Lally Theatre, Galway **** The best way to describe Amy Conroy’s new play for Hot for Theatre, co-produ(...)

South African theatre director Brett Bailey: “I was interested in the representation of the other by the colonial order”

For the past year or so it has seemed as though the South African theatre director Brett Bailey has been on trial. It gives the title of what is ea(...)

Never say good luck: Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane play the scheming theatrical producers in the movie musical version of Mel Brooks’ Broadway smash hit, The Producers. Photograph: Andrew Schwartz

In the summer of 1948 the behavioural psychologist BF Skinner, already a maverick in his field, appeared to be for the birds. Skinner had come to atte(...)

Director Ethan McSweeny and Aislín McGuckin in rehearsals for A Month in the Country at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Not long after Brian Friel had completed his second adaptation of the work of Ivan Turgenev, in 1999, adding to his growing store of translations, (...)