Shaun Dingwall (centre) and Katie McGuinness are competing influences on comic Brian Doherty

Death of a Comedian Lyric Theatre, Belfast *** Early in Owen McCafferty’s new play, co-produced by the Abbey, the Lyric and London’s (...)

Marty Rea in The Caretaker at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Pat Redmond

It was almost invisible, lying lost in a corner, soon to be discarded. But a visitor to the set of the Abbey Theatre’s recent She Stoops to Conquer(...)

Funny ha ha: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Photograph: Art Streiber/NBC/Getty

Funnily enough, no one knows what makes us laugh. Oh, sure, you know what makes you laugh: a chicken crossing the road. Somebody slipping on a banana (...)

Michael Feast and Garrett Lombard in The Caretaker. Photograph: Pat Redmond

The Caretaker Gate Theatre, Dublin ***   If there is a drama in Harold Pinter’s play from 1960, the work that made his name, (...)

Liam Heslin in Pals. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Pals: The Irish at Gallipoli National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin ****   “Do you think Ireland is proud of us(...)

Emerald Germs Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin ** Are psychopaths born or are they made? This has been a preoccupation of Pat McCabe’s ever (...)

Lucy Hutson in her show Britney Spears Custody Battle Vs Zeus in Swan Rape Shocker

A few years ago, before she had quite worked out what to do with her life, Lucy Hutson tried to become someone else. As a teenager from Essex, (...)

Aoife Duffin: ‘I’m constantly toying with how I should perform it. You’re on that knife-edge of what’s careful, what’s good for me, and what’s interesting for an audience. Because I am manipulating my own emotions.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In the weeks leading up to the 2014 premiere of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, Aoife Duffin began listening to a squall of disturbing voices, all o(...)

Pat McGrath: his Always Going Home is hugely enjoyable but seems unsuited to the programme

1 If you open your heart, do you get a bloody mess? The Theatre Machine Turns You On 4, a mini-festival of short works in progress, is an (...)

The Fifth Province explores a metaphoric space beyond physical geography where individuals can interrogate their cultural, social and political identity without the influence of others

Visitors are offered two options on Dylan Quinn Dance Company’s homepage: professional or community. The chosen click will either lead to an ou(...)