Kieran Ahern. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

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‘The Harmonium Project’ taking place outside the Usher Hall at Festival Square during the Edinburgh International Festival 2015. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

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Claudia Boyle  who stars in The Last Hotel by Donnacha Dennehy

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Conor McPherson, director and playwright  in New York in 2013. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/New York Times

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Revisiting Juno and the Paycock: Joe Dowling  rehearsing Seán O’Casey’s play with cast members at the Guthrie Theater. Photograph: Joan Marcus

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