Along with Margaret Thatcher, Vladimir Putin – neither of them sterling role models – both claimed to subsist on four hours sleep a night. To lesser mortals that qualifies as chronic sleep deprivation

For such a life-changing procedure, the narcotomy is never explained in great detail. Revolutionary, untested, highly experimental, it’s an invasiv(...)

Shechter’s style may have been refined through the years, but it remains untamed. Photograph: Victor Frankowski

deGeneration Black Box Theatre, Galway ****   Youth is wasted on the young. It’s a point that is not wasted on Hofesh Shecht(...)

Olwen Fouéré: intent and solemn throughout, determined  to communicate. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

Lessness An Taidhbhearc, Galway ****   It may seem like a hiding to nothing or a mordant little joke, but Olwen Fouéré’s app(...)

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(...)