Senator Fiach Mac Conghail, director of the Abbey Theatre, during the launch of the theatre’s controversial 2016 programme. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The director of the Abbey Theatre, Fiach Mac Conghail spoke for the first time this morning about the controversy surrounding the theatre’s programme (...)

Simon McBurney in The Encounter: with more documentation than ever, and much less reflection, our own memories get no sharper. Photograph: Francisco Peralta Torrejón

A couple of weeks ago, at Edinburgh International Festival, the writer and performer Simon McBurney arrived on stage and fell into a deep preoccupatio(...)

Director Annabelle Comyn. Photograph: Christopher Heaney
The dark heart of Dancing at Lughnasa
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  • September 1, 2015, 06:00

It seems remarkable that an Irish play celebrated for its insight into female experience should never have been directed, in Ireland, by a woman. N(...)

Dancing at Lughnasa Lyric Theatre, Belfast ****   Marconi, the wireless set acquired by the five unmarried Mundy sisters in 1(...)

‘Although we sometimes have to work harder to assure people of our ability to do a flawless English accent, many leading British roles are being won by Irish talent.’

Rory Fleck-Byrne moved from Kilkenny to London in 2009 to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada). Since then he has been performing incr(...)

Conor McPherson, director and playwright  in New York in 2013. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/New York Times

Conor McPherson, Brian Friel and Enda Walsh are just some of the Irish authors to feature in this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival. The programme has(...)

Revisiting Juno and the Paycock: Joe Dowling  rehearsing Seán O’Casey’s play with cast members at the Guthrie Theater. Photograph: Joan Marcus

Joe Dowling is standing in front of one of the Guthrie Theater’s three stages, in Minneapolis, giving notes to Mark Benninghofen, the American actor w(...)

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(...)