Gary Lydon, Peter Campion, Rosa Mikela and David Mc Savage in Decadent’s production of The Pillowman by Martin Mc Donagh. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A few years ago, the director Andrew Flynn got into his car and hit the road. His Galway-based company had been staging productions at the Town Hal(...)

Peter Campion: a well-judged performance as Katurian K Katurian. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Pillowman Town Hall Theatre, Galway****Somebody must have been spreading lies about Katurian K Katurian, for his predicament, in Martin McDonagh’(...)

Funny ha ha: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Photograph: Art Streiber/NBC/Getty

Funnily enough, no one knows what makes us laugh. Oh, sure, you know what makes you laugh: a chicken crossing the road. Somebody slipping on a banana (...)

Eleanor Tiernan: time for belly laughs
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Who’d have thought 20 years ago – word of the first ceasefire still echoing around the muralled walls – that Belfast would one day become a barrel of (...)

The high priest of Co Mayo

Heading whesht to Mayo for the Westport Festival of Music and Food, I was a bit apprehensive. Not only had we been spoiled by the bash in Ballinlough,(...)

A screen grab of the Wild Nuns sketch.

Comedian David McSavage has accused RTÉ of engaging in “dictatorial” censorship by refusing to broadcast a sketch entitled Wild Nuns. The sketch is a (...)

 John Simm as Det Sgt Marcus Farrow in ‘Prey’. Photograph Ben Blackall/ITV/Red Production Company

John Simm isn’t Dr Richard Kimble, he’s decent copper Marcus Farrow, but echoes of The Fugitive roar throughout Prey (UTV, Monday), a gripping crime d(...)

John Michael McDonagh’s problematic follow-up to The Guard begins with an ingenious, arrest(...)

David McSavage: ‘Your mother would do anything for you, but she sort of sent you out into the world like some sort of useless orphan.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Angry Emer is a strident career woman whose clipped nasal Mount Merrion accent would cut flesh. She will appear in the fourth series of the sat(...)