Julia Donaldson. ‘Parents often tell me that they sing the books rather than read them aloud.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire is packed with pre-schoolers and primary school students, eagerly awaiting the arrival of their favourite aut(...)

Oliver Jeffers: ‘There is a certain sense of humour in my art that you might not find in the picture books, and a sweetness in the picture books that you will probably find lacking in the art.’ Photograph: Malcolm Brown

It is easy to recognise the characters of Oliver Jeffers’s picture books. They have large, spherical heads and thin, lace-like legs that carry them(...)

The Way Back Home, Branar’s ambitious stage version of Oliver Jeffers’s beautiful picture book

Earlier this year I saw a performance of Human Child, a play for children aged eight years and over, performed by Collapsing Horse Theatre Company (...)

The Victorian atmosphere of The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy

The Ark ****   The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy, from Australian company Slingsby, is a masterclass in storytelling. It begin(...)

When I was at school we had a locker for our books. These days more and more students have the cloud. Irish schools have been gradually embracing d(...)

The Way Back HomeThe Ark****An imaginative young boy takes a flight of fantasy to the moon in The Way Back Home, a stage adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’(...)

Review: A Mano

A ManoThe Ark****El Patio Teatro bring clay to life in this exquisite non-verbal show for audiences of 6+. Opening on an almost bare stage, the show i(...)

The Way Back Home: Branar’s new show is based on an Oliver Jeffers picture book

Máiréad Ní Ghráda’s An Triail, which was produced as part of Dublin Theatre Festival in 1964, is one of the most important plays of the Irish dramatic(...)

Verbal pyrotechnics: Mark O’Rowe. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mark O’Rowe is best known for the verbal pyrotechnics of his monologue plays, dark narratives full of spectacular imagery and linguistic experiment. I(...)

Playwright Ross Dungan began his creative life as a comedian, and it comes as no surprise; even his greeting is laced with self-deprecation and iro(...)