Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as an eccentric musician who wears a huge false head at all times. The movie has picked up nine Ifta nominations

Two very different films concerning troubled men have topped the nominations for this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta). Lenny Abr(...)

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(...)

Chilly countenance: Claire Skinner as Lorraine Rappaport in ‘Critical’

As a committed fan of medical dramas since the days of ER, when George Clooney was a B-movie actor in scrubs and Julianna Margulies was a nurse and no(...)

Kerry Fox and Mark Rylance  in the sexually explicit mainstream film ‘Intimacy’

The Fifty Shades juggernaut rolled into town recently amid a storm of white-hot hype, only to be met with stinging criticism. Chief among the gripe(...)

The double bind: Moe Dunford in Patrick’s Day

As a psychiatrist, I am not usually blown away by films about mental illness, but this one, Patrick’s Day, written and directed by Terry McMahon, hit (...)

Best Actress: Lia Williams as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams, directed by Ethan McSweeny for the Gate Theatre.
Irish Times Theatre Awards

Judges’ Special Award:Anu Productions: To mark their work commemorating the Dublin Lockout, using the city of Dublin as their set, and their reconf(...)

Stunning performances from the ensemble cast ensure that A Streetcar Named Desire retains its full emotional power. Catherine Walker and Garrett Lombard star as Stella and Stanley Kowalski

A Streetcar Named DesireGate Theatre, Dublin ****Was there ever a writer who shone a light on desire and despair as well as Tennessee Williams? In A S(...)