Sam McBratney’s Guess How Much I Love You and Anita Jerman’s My Little Storybook are animated by life-size (and giant!) puppets in a double-bill from Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia that is as gentle as a bedtime story

Children love nothing more than the familiar, as any parent who has been asked for the umpteenth time by their little one to read Peepo or Brown Bear (...)

The Wolf and Peter Town Hall Theatre, Galway ***** Coiscéim’s new dance show is at once reassuringly traditional and startlingly modern. Inspired by P(...)

Author Louise O’Neill is one of the key writers driving this new wave of issue-centred books. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Some of the best-known figures of the literary world will gather this weekend at Smock Alley Theatre, in Dublin, for DeptCon1, a conference that ce(...)

Festival buzz: Bees! was exquisitely conceived. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

During the recent short run, at Dublin Theatre Festival, of Bees!, a gently instructional musical for children created by WillFredd Theatre, our beeke(...)

When Faber & Faber announced its publication of TS Eliot’s narrative poem The Waste Land in a sumptuous digital edition, in 2011, it was a land(...)

Mary-Lou McCarthy and Marie Ruane. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Bees! The Ark ***   Mel is a honeybee without a hive. Luke is a Bumblebee with bombast aplenty. Marsha is a solitary bee with(...)

Ali White in Bailed Out!  Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Bailed Out! Pavilion Theatre ***   Bailed Out! is less a piece of theatre than an act of civic duty. It is performed on a bar(...)

Conor McPherson: ‘Writing is . . .  like going to the toilet. It’s beyond rational consciousness. A play just sort of pops out.’  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Conor McPherson sits in the large bay window of a Dún Laoghaire hotel with his back to Dublin Bay. The lighthouse at the end of the pier looms behi(...)

‘One beginning and one ending for a book was a thing I did not agree with,” Flann O’Brien declared in the opening of his 1939 classic At Swim-Two-Bird(...)

Mesmeric: Maguy Marin’s non-narrative dance piece May B, the headlining show at this year’s Happy Days International Festival in Enniskillen

Samuel Beckett’s granite face looms over the counter at Sweeney’s butcher shop. In The Jolly Sandwich cafe there are a variety of Beckettian treats(...)