Anne Clarke on the set of Once the Musical in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anne Clarke of Landmark Productions is the recipient of this year’s Special Tribute Award at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2015. The presenta(...)

Best production   Chekhov’s First Play A Dead Centre production with Dublin Theatre Festival, Baltoscandal and Theatre National Bordea(...)

Róise Goan, producer, arts consultant and former Dublin Fringe Festival director

A discussion between the judges for this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards can become animated quickly. It starts with emphatic statements: tha(...)

The film business has its own eccentricities. Domhnall Gleeson and I are at the Soho Hotel in central London to discuss (among many other things) his (...)

 A women lays flowers at a mural of British singer David Bowie in Brixton, birth place of the late David Bowie in London, on Monday. Well-wishers have flocked to the  mural to pay their respects following the announcement of his death. Photograph: EPA

David Bowie is dead. The coldness of that statement, and the harshness of the reality that we will not be living in a world where somewhere his brain (...)

Marty Rea as Richard II and Gavin Drea Aumerle in DruidShakespeare. Photograph:  Matthew Thompson

Looking back on theatre in 2015 has been a reminder that there are always new ways of seeing things, and that theatre demands fresh perspectives and (...)

Kieran Ahern. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Gentrification Trustee Savings Bank, Cork ****   When its enigmas have been decoded, it seems acceptable to interpret Enda Wa(...)

Conor McPherson: ‘Writing is . . .  like going to the toilet. It’s beyond rational consciousness. A play just sort of pops out.’  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Conor McPherson sits in the large bay window of a Dún Laoghaire hotel with his back to Dublin Bay. The lighthouse at the end of the pier looms behi(...)

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

1. Edinburgh is not actually a matter of life and death If you read any given festival report (“Edinburgh Fringe 2015: 10 top tips for survival(...)

The Last Hotel: Claudia Boyle as  the elegant Irish woman

The Last Hotel Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh **** It seems like an innocuous question, asked by a chatty Irish woman of a hesitant English couple w(...)