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(...)

Peter Daly in Fishamble’s Guaranteed!

Guaranteed! Draíocht, Blanchardstown Three starsIt’s hard to say whether the emergence this week of the Anglo tapes helps or hurts Colin Murphy’s deta(...)