Uncanny: Sinéad Cusack, Charlie Murphy and Ciarán Hinds in Our Few and Evil Days

There is a line in Mark O’Rowe’s new play, Our Few and Evil Days, at the Abbey Theatre, that is so obedient to the rhythm of reported speech, and n(...)

Our Few and Evil Days: “You listen to the painstaking dialogue, though, like a surveillance team hoping to catch someone in confession”

Our Few and Evil Days Abbey Theatre, Dublin ****It isn’t remarkable that Mark O’Rowe, a master of sensational monologues, should return to dialogue fo(...)

Verbal pyrotechnics: Mark O’Rowe. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mark O’Rowe is best known for the verbal pyrotechnics of his monologue plays, dark narratives full of spectacular imagery and linguistic experiment. I(...)

The Sea

In recent years, John Banville has turned to writing crime fiction of a noirish hue. Somewhat surprisingly, this efficient, elegant adaptation (...)

That look: Charlotte Rampling in ‘The Sea’

There’s a moment in the new film adaptation of John Banville’s The Sea when suffering, sear(...)

Actor Brendan Gleeson signs autographs at the ‘Calvary’ premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival earlier this month. Photograph: Getty

John Butler’s comedy The Stag and John Michael McDonagh’s state-of-the-nation piece Calvary have topped the charts in the nominations for the upcom(...)

Closed Circuit

British film and television has – in the decades after The Parallax View and All the President’s Men – proved every bit as keen on conspiracy theories(...)

Miriam O’Callaghan: added a touch of glamour amidst the sea of grey suits at book launch

For those of you (and there are plenty) who dislike business journalists, last Tuesday represents a missed opportunity. A cruise missile fired at the (...)

Gerard Murphy & Catherine Cusack in Second Age’s production of King Lear. Photograph: Anthony Woods

Gerard Murphy, who has died aged 64, was a full-hearted actor, always on the front foot. He could flood a theatre with passion and squeeze the juice o(...)

Former Sinn Féin director of publicity Danny Morrison, founder of the west Belfast Feile

Just over 25 years ago some of the most shocking images from the Troubles were transmitted across the globe. They showed west Belfast caught in a vort(...)