Declan Conlon: the actor excels at portraying characters who are less than entirely upstanding

The shabby office of JPW King, the only practising “dynamatologist” in Dublin (and perhaps the world) is once again open for business. It is unlikely (...)

Where are the women?: Queen Maeve in the woodcut that WB Yeats commissioned from Elinor Monsell for what became the Abbey Theatre. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

In the foyer of the Abbey Theatre a small plaque commemorates the staff and company members who participated in the 1916 Rising. Of the seven names(...)

 British soldiers eating hot rations in the Ancre Valley during the Battle of the Somme, October 1916. Photograph: Lt E Brooks/IWM via Getty Images

A performance of Frank McGuinness’s play Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme will be performed on the site of the Battle of the Somm(...)

 Actor Ian Lloyd Anderson on stage at the Abbey Theatre with Tánaiste Joan Burton and director of the Abbey, Fiach Mac Conghail  at the announcement of the Abbey Theatre’s ‘Waking the Nation’ 2016 Programme. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Abbey will “interrogate rather than celebrate” the legacy of the Easter Rising, its director Senator Fiach Mac Conghail said while announcing a pr(...)

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby film. F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is an option on the 2017 single text list for Leaving Cert

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has topped reading lists all over the world this summer. The story of the long-hidden second novel by the bestsellin(...)

Ivan Turgenev: the playwright fashioned a “theatre of moods, of secret turmoil rather than explicit action”, as has his adapter Brian Friel. Portrait by Mokouski/Getty

It is almost taken for granted that there is some kind of special dramatic relationship between the two edges of Europe, Ireland and Russia. Of the ma(...)

Cathy Belton: commanding solo performance. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

The Match Box ***   Alone in a house on Valentia Island, in a quiet sanctuary pierced only by skirling seabirds, a nervy woman pl(...)

Installation at ‘Relativity’, an exhibition by Australian artist Patricia Piccinini at the Festival Gallery. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Windguru and other internet weather maps will be scrutinised in Galway this week as a 30m-long “Skywhale” prepares to take flight over the city. The m(...)

Emily Watson in A Song for Jenny: her performance is intense and unaffected, a vanity-free snot-crying tour de force

The endless cups of tea, the claustrophobia of family sitting rooms, the quiet waiting punctuated by someone saying the wrong thing: all the recogn(...)

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

Joe Dowling is standing in front of one of the Guthrie Theater’s three stages, in Minneapolis, giving notes to Mark Benninghofen, the American actor w(...)