‘The beautiful woman I met at a bar told me she wasn’t a lesbian, but if she was, she would like to sleep with Fiona Shaw [above].’ Photograph: Tullio M Puglia/Getty Images

Pencils ready, girls: mo laethanta saoire: my summer holidays. Mary, close your mouth and stop looking gormless; if the wind changes, you’ll stay l(...)

Meditating on mortality: Klaus Maria Brandauer in Krapp’s Last Tape. Photographs: Das Letzte Band

There are three events that Sean Doran recalls, over the course of a varied international career as an artistic director, when he thought he had fi(...)

Electrifying presence: Fiona Shaw. Photograph: Gino Domenico/AP

Next Tuesday, for the first time, an Irish artist will deliver the keynote address at one of the world’s most important cultural trade fairs. The Asso(...)

Gay Byrne presenting his show on RTÉ Lyric FM. Photograph: Alan Betson

In studio Gay Byrne is a vision in cornflower cashmere. He has his newspaper clippings, which he reads out during the show, carefully pasted on to A4 (...)

Marking the line-up announcement for the 2013 Dublin Theatre Festival on Grafton Street today were festival director Willie White and actors Daragh Kelly, Camille O’Sullivan (left) and Aoibhinn McGinnity. The festival which runs from September 26th to October 13th. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A new play by Frank McGuinness, a fresh translation of The Threepenny Opera, and a new production of Waiting for Godot are among the works unveiled fo(...)

Nominated: Fiona Shaw, Colm Tóibín and Deborah Warner, with Pinhead, a vulture that appears in The Testament of Mary, which is up for the best-play Tony. Photograph: Joshua Bright/The New York Times

Some day, anthropologists from New Guinea will arrive to study what must be the world’s most peculiar cultural institution: the Broadway theatr(...)