Actor Tom Vaughan Lawlor picutred attending The IFTA’s in The Mansion House, Dublin tonight. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Lenny Abrahamson’s psychological-whimsical comedy Frank, Terry McMahon’s mental health drama Patrick’s Day and Stuart Carolan’s TV crime drama Love(...)

From left, Hilton Edwards and Micheál Mac Liammóir, the Gate’s founding co-directors and partners, provided the event’s first focus

The relationship between theatre and academia is somewhere between an intimate appreciation and an endearingly awkward encounter. One is attractive(...)

Derbhle Crotty as Henry IV. Photograph: Matthew Thompson

Mick Lally Theatre, Galway ****There’s nothing quite as beautiful, or as torturous, as the crown of England we see in Druid’s remarkable staging of Sh(...)

‘This would feel like a more stinging bourgeois critique if Angie and Nat weren’t themselves trading notes on German breakfasts, sharing partridge soup and having a banal affair’

Famished Castle Pavilion Theatre, Dublin **An aging man, under the hard frost of dementia, barely registers anyone around him. A middle-aged mother cu(...)

Mark O’Halloran (left) and David Ganly in The Shadow of a Gunman

****“It is becoming painfully obvious that there is no peace to be found here,” says Donal Davoren, a poet searching for a quiet place to write.Well, (...)

An Irish look at Shakespeare: Aisling O’Sullivan Photograph: Matthew Thompson

It gets everywhere, this soft earth covering the floor of the stage. Throughout rehearsals it has been kicked across the Mick Lally Theatre’s small au(...)

Fatal retaliation: Richard Harris as Bull McCabe, alongside John Hurt and Sean Bean, in Jim Sheridan’s 1990 film of The Field

In 1959 an unsolved murder case in Kerry took an unusual twist. The previous November a bachelor farmer named Maurice Moore had been found strangled t(...)

The camera loves Sarah Greene, although it is not entirely clear if Sarah Greene loves the camera. The subject came up on a spectacularly fine (...)

Bryce Dessner, guitarist and composer, who is looking forward to ‘new encounters’ at Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival

It is proving hard to pin down Bryce Dessner. He might be in France, offers one of our go-betweens, or perhaps Ibiza. His management later suggests(...)

Ava McKevitt and Peter Coonan. Photograph: Lucy Nuzum

***   History is not written by the victors, insists a man under suspicion: “It’s written by those who can shape the simplest narrati(...)