Another year, another new year’s resolution. If last year was a year I made a deliberate effort to #readwomen, this year I have pledged myself to the (...)

Unfinished business: speakers on stage at the Theatre of Change Symposium at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin (from left) Gideon Levy, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Mark O’Halloran, Mary McAuliffe, Jaki Irvine, Nuala Hayes, Penny Arcade, Fiach MacConghail, Sarah Jane Scaife, Zoe Lafferty, Lian Bell, Dominic Campbell, Dr Emer O’Toole, Dr Susan Cahill and Fearghus O’Conchuir. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

1.  We need to become more body conscious If this year’s Abbey symposium chooses too wide a theme to fully cohere, it is helpful to root discu(...)

One of the most important political books published in 2015 was The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, a graphic memoir by Riad Satto(...)

Hannah Moscovitch: “It can be hard for young women to visualise themselves as playwrights”

On November 4th, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau named a new cabinet composed of 15 women and 15 men. Asked to explain his approach to gender (...)

The Henry Girls. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Tracks in the Snow *** The Ark, Dublin Tracks in the Snow is a seasonally themed concert for children of all ages by Irish folk trio the Henry Girl(...)

Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Aladdin Lambert Puppet Theatre, Dublin *** There isn’t a single nod to Disney in this refreshingly traditional take on One Thousand and One N(...)

Little Light Civic Theatre, Tallaght **** Monkeyshine Theatre draws inspiration from Nordic mythology for Little Light, an adventure through t(...)

The Gaiety Theatre in Dublin

Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf **** Gaiety Theatre, Dublin Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Not Little Red Riding Hood, anyway. She’(...)

The Snow Queen: my favourite version is illustrated by Harry Clarke, right. The glorious art nouveau illustrations are a brilliant introduction to his work, which can be seen in churches all over the country. I am also fond of PJ Lynch’s more realistic illustrations of the tale, left

I still have a copy of several books that Santa Claus brought me when I was a child. Hardback illustrated copies of The Complete Works of Lewis Carro(...)

Zizi Strallen as the eponymous nanny in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s lavish new production of Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It took years of negotiation for PL Travers to agree to a film adaptation of her best-selli(...)