Doing a lot with a little: John Doran plays the ukulele in Romeo and Juliet; he also joins the cast in several other roles. Photographs: Pat Redmond

Stage roles don’t come much smaller than the part of the doctor in A Streetcar Named Desire. For the actor playing him the job is mainly confined t(...)

Declan Conlon (Judge Brack) and Catherine Walker in the title role in Hedda Gabler

***   Early on in Ibsen’s drama, and now in Mark O’Rowe’s fluid new version for the Abbey, Hedda Gabler is put on the spot – not a pos(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? In a year of some huge achievements and high-profile premieres, such as the gathering force of Dru(...)

Gary Keegan and Feidlim Canon of Broken Talkers. Photograph: Drragh Kane

In the latest instalment to The Arc, our collaborative theatrical project with Dublin Theatre Festival, Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon of Brokentalker(...)

PLaywright and actor Sonya Kelly in How to Keep an Alien

In the latest instalment to The Arc, our collaborative theatrical project with Dublin Theatre Festival, Sonya Kelly has built on the narrative ground (...)

Rebecca O’Mara and Robert Fleck Byrne in The Vortex. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Five years ago, if you had drawn up a list of the Irish directors least likely to direct a Noël Coward play, Annabelle Comyn might have made yo(...)

Rory Fleck Byrne: a commanding performance. Photograph: Patrick Redmond
Review: The Vortex

The Vortex Gate Theatre, Dublin (...)

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(...)