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 (...)

Peter Coonan and Susan Davey
Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Philadelphia, Here I Come! Lyric Theatre, Belfast *** Emigration has returned to Ireland with a vengeance, and so it was in 1964, the ye(...)

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(...)

Previously unpublished image of playwright Brian Friel from the archive of photographer Bobbie Hanvey, taken at or near Friel’s home in Greencastle, Co Donegal, from 1997 onwards. Photograph: Bobbie Hanvey

Today, Brian Friel, the greatest living Irish dramatist, turns 85. Later this year, the Donegal town of Ballybeg, which he first imagined in Philadelp(...)