Aoife Duffin: ‘I’m constantly toying with how I should perform it. You’re on that knife-edge of what’s careful, what’s good for me, and what’s interesting for an audience. Because I am manipulating my own emotions.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In the weeks leading up to the 2014 premiere of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, Aoife Duffin began listening to a squall of disturbing voices, all o(...)

Jon Kenny as Mr Hardcastle and Caroline Morahan as Miss Hardcastle

Abbey Theatre, Dublin ***   Like any classic worth its salt, Oliver Goldsmith’s 1773 comedy of deception and misunderstanding sti(...)

Rachel O’Byrne as Mary Queen of Scots. Photograph: Keith Dixon

A typical day for an acting student at The Lir, the National Academy of Dramatic Art, begins not with a class, but a “call” for a class, usually at(...)

Many actors are taught a method, others learn a technique, and some, like Coonan, above, discover what kind of actor they are on the job. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Not too long ago, at a party thrown by Aidan Gillen, two actors fell into conversation without knowing they were up for the same part. “Has anyone (...)

Patrick O’Kane: ‘I find that my perspective on many things is through the prism of being a Belfast man, even though I don’t live there any more.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

As the photographer frames a shot of Patrick O’Kane, sitting still and unsmiling in the Abbey auditorium, he makes a comment that the actor has pro(...)

Alive with Sive: Nora Relihan and Margaret Ward, from Listowel, Co Kerry, who were in the first production of the play in 1959. Photograph: Alan Betson

For most 21st-century theatregoers who will see it – including a generation of young people who are studying the text as part of their Leaving Cert(...)

Simon O’Gorman and Derbhle Crotty in Sive at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph:  Ros Kavanagh
Review: Sive

Sive Abbey Theatre, Dublin *** (...)

Mark Lambert and Peter Daly in Guaranteed!

It is a sunny Saturday in late September 2008, and the chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank is nervous. In the preceding months, the global financial c(...)

Gulliver’s Travels Peacock Theatre, Dublin***Lemuel Gulliver is most often associated with two lands – one of them minute to the point of imperceptibi(...)

Youth theatre members at rehearsals for Gulliver’s Travels at the Lab on Dublin’s Foley Street. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Stepping into rehearsals for the National Youth Theatre’s production of Gulliver’s Travels is a little like arriving on the shore of a strange new wor(...)