Playwright Brian Friel  with a portrait of himself by artist Mick O’Dea, which was unveiled  in 2010 as part of the National Portrait Collection in the National Gallery Dublin.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Playwright Brian Friel, described by former US president Bill Clinton “as an Irish treasure for the entire world”, will be honoured next month in a (...)

Denis Conway in The Gigli Concert. Photograph: Pat Redmond

JPW King is a mess. Alcoholic, dishevelled, adulterous, fraudulent and far from home, he cuts a pathetic figure as the only practising “dynamatolog(...)

Declan Conlon (Judge Brack) and Catherine Walker in the title role in Hedda Gabler

***   Early on in Ibsen’s drama, and now in Mark O’Rowe’s fluid new version for the Abbey, Hedda Gabler is put on the spot – not a pos(...)

Gina Moxley (Helena) and Barry McGovern (Demetrius) in  A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Abbey Theatre, Dublin *** Shakespeare isn’t getting any younger. Just last year Romeo and Juliet returned to (...)

Gary Keegan and Feidlim Canon of Broken Talkers. Photograph: Drragh Kane

In the latest instalment to The Arc, our collaborative theatrical project with Dublin Theatre Festival, Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon of Brokentalker(...)

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(...)

Big role: Declan Conlon in An Enemy of the People. Photograph: Peter Rowen

Declan Conlon is more than an hour late. I call his mobile phone and leave a message. He calls back within five minutes, half asleep and full of apolo(...)

Declan Conlon as the whistle-blowing scientist Dr Stockmann

An Enemy of the People Gate Theatre, Dublin Three stars Late in Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 play about a whistleblower whose town turns violently (...)

Left to right, Ronan Leahy, Ciaran O'Brien and Phelim Drew in Drum Bell. Photograph:  Julien Behal/PA Wire

Drum Belly Abbey Theatre, Dublin *** Who is the central character of Richard Dormer’s new play for(...)