Paul Mallon and Charlotte McCurry in Northern Star. Photograph: Keith Dixon

Northern Star Project Arts Centre ★★★★ Rough Magic interrogates the 1798 rebellion in their production of Stewart Parker’s 1984 play. Parker, writi(...)

Kyron Bourke’s Big Bad glowers with hunger and despair, prevailing upon us to regard him not as a malevolent monster but a good wolf, whom life has dealt a mean hand.

Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf **** Lyric Theatre, Belfast On a frosty winter night, the natural world feels uneasy, as though sensing(...)

Pianist Conor Linehan, director Jimmy Fay and choreographer Colin Dunne take a fresh look at the 1913 Lockout in a new production at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s easy to be sentimental – or cynical – about such concepts as solidarity and brotherhood. It’s not so easy to bring them to life. The Abbey Theatr(...)

The Risen People: a huge degree of talent put to the service of a bad idea. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh
The Risen People

The Risen PeopleAbbey Theatre, Dublin**Memorials, to paraphrase Allen Ginsberg, are for old bums to sit on. The idea of commemorating the 1913 Lockout(...)

The Threepenny Opera Gate Theatre, Dublin ****Nobody gives a better criticism of performance and the law of diminishing returns than Mr Peachum, the p(...)