Senator Fiach Mac Conghail, director of the Abbey Theatre, during the launch of the theatre’s controversial 2016 programme. The Abbey Theatre has said it acknowledges that the programme, Waking the Nation, does not represent gender equality. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Abbey Theatre has said it acknowledges that its centenary programme for 2016, Waking the Nation, does not represent gender equality. Of the ten p(...)

Fiach Mac Conghail: “I’m sorry that I have no female playwrights next season. But I’m not going to produce a play that is not ready and undermine the writer.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

If the Abbey Theatre announced that 90 per cent of its 2016 programme was made up of plays written by women it would be viewed as extraordinary. It w(...)

Kathy Kiera Clarke and Sean Sloan are effective as Véronique and Michel
Theatre review: God of Carnage

God of Carnage The Mac, Belfast ****   It begins on a note of studied civility. Two affluent, middle-class couples come toget(...)

Puppeteers Jack Parker, Stuart Angel and Mikey Brett operating Joey the life size equine puppett from War Horse on Dublins Ha’penny Bridge to launch the National Theatre’s production of War Horse which runs at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin until 26th April Photograph: Alan Betson

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Mary-Lou McCarthy as Mollser at St Laurence O’Toole Junior Boys’ School, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The sensory details make the biggest impact when Anthony Goulding, a friendly presence in a flat cap, introduces each school audience to (...)

Ploughing in: Actor Mary-Lou McCarthy performs ‘Me, Mollser’ by Ali White for the sixth class boys of St Lawrence O’Toole Junior Boys’ School in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Picture this. A man spends a long bus journey groaning over a very full bladder. The bus finally pulls into a station for a brief stop and the (...)

The Abbey director Fiach Mac Conghail said he hoped for “a constructive working relationship” between the National Theatre and the Arts Council. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Abbey director, Fiach Mac Conghail, has called on the Government “to protect and increase financial support for the arts in Ireland” at the launch(...)

Actor John Kavanagh at  the funeral of Susan Fitzgerald  at the Church of The Three Patrons, Rathgar, Dublin, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The actor Susan Fitzgerald, who died last Monday, had no fear of dying and had sympathised with the doctor who had to tell her she had little time lef(...)

Eleanor Methven and Marty Rea in Major Barbara. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Major BarbaraAbbey Theatre****In his 1891 essay The Quintessence of Ibsenism, George Bernard Shaw argued that society is made up of three discrete typ(...)