Mahan Esfahani, who was born in Tehran in 1984, makes music like someone who has an old head on young shoulders. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

Kilkenny Arts Festival’s Eternal Harmony: The Music of JS Bach got off to a sticky start on Friday. It was a clammy day, and even damper in the int(...)

Lauren Coe and Fra Fee: ‘Youthful innocence’

***   Whether it is Baz Luhrmann’s 1990s version that sticks in the mind, or Zeffirelli’s from 1968, Romeo and Juliet has been capture(...)

This year’s IMRAM highlight, The Bob Marley Project, is on at the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, this Friday, October 10th, at 8pm

Once upon a time … I was a reader, but not a reader of literature in Irish. I was a speaker of Irish, or a kind of Irish, having been brought up speak(...)

Muiris Crowley, Conor Madden and Elaine Fox (Valentine). Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

There you are, washed up on a foreign shore, a stranger in a strange land. You have survived a shipwreck and lost close family; you are grief-stricken(...)

Mark O’Halloran with Natalie Radmall- Quirke and Ger Kelly. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Abbey Theatre, Dublin****Five large speakers roll on stage, blaring a barely compatible beat and waves of distortion. Although director Wayne Jordan’s(...)

David Ganly (Mack The knife) and whores in ‘The Threepenny Opera’ at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Matthew Thompson

In 1928 the world was on the brink of disaster, and so, it seemed, was Bertolt Brecht. For its part, the world seemed oblivious to any approaching cri(...)

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