Michael Harding’s latest book is called Hanging With the Elephant.

Irish Times columnist Michael Harding will make his first appearance on the Late Late Show tonight to promote his new book Hanging With the Elephant. (...)

Many actors are taught a method, others learn a technique, and some, like Coonan, above, discover what kind of actor they are on the job. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Not too long ago, at a party thrown by Aidan Gillen, two actors fell into conversation without knowing they were up for the same part. “Has anyone (...)

In Greece the villages are becoming depopulated by emigration to the cities and abroad

Nail-biting time for school-leavers is as intense in Greece as it is in Ireland. Will they or won’t they get the points they need for their chosen col(...)

Spanning divisions: one of number of hitherto uncharted crossings on 'The Map of Connections'

Maps have an air of authority about them: they have always been a way of defining territory, setting out the lie of the land. They chart how things ar(...)

When I cast my mind back through the plays I’ve seen, different memories offer themselves: electric moments that still seem vivid but soften at the ed(...)

Family drama: John Kavanagh and Tadhg Murphy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Actors often talk about the theatre as a haunted place, how the stage is shadowed by the ghosts of those who trod the boards before them. For actor(...)

 Samuel Beckett. Photograph:  IC Rapoport/Getty Images

Michael Gambon is concentrating on his spaghetti bolognese, and on keeping it away from his green tweed jacket, when he announces: “Oh, Beckett is gre(...)

 Douglas Gageby, former editor of The Irish Times, with John Hume in 1992.   Photograph: Joe St Leger

Fifty years ago, The Irish Times published a strong challenge to the nationalist consensus (...)

Marie Jones, whose Stones in his Pockets previews tonight. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Marie Jones is in formidable company. The Belfast playwright’s portrait hangs alongside those of Seamus Heaney and Brian Friel in the airy spac(...)

Dorothy Duffy as Molly: draws us inside her mind
Review: Molly Sweeney

Molly Sweeney Lyric Theatre, Belfast (...)