In ID, our assumptions are challenged and the cast imparts a series of self-definitions, mainly comic, but often pointed
Review: ID

ID Blue Teapot Theatre, Galway ***   With 2012’s Sanctuary, restaged at last year’s Galway Arts Festival, Blue Teapot Theatr(...)

Ballyturk, playwright Enda Walsh’s latest collaboration with actors Cillian Murphy (above), Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea, has been sold out for weeks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:30

Acrobatics as a flight of fantasy and mythology as a map of the human psyche are themes of this year’s Galway International Arts Festival which open(...)

Best Actress: Lia Williams as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams, directed by Ethan McSweeny for the Gate Theatre.
Irish Times Theatre Awards

Judges’ Special Award:Anu Productions: To mark their work commemorating the Dublin Lockout, using the city of Dublin as their set, and their reconf(...)

Skip to page 2 for list of nominees For the judges of the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, 2013 has not quite ended. “You’re not supposed to s(...)

Janet Moran and Steve Blount in ‘Swing’

The word “dramaturg” is not universally popular among the playwrights of Ireland. I was in a reading with one of my favourite writers, who gave out sp(...)

Following the break-up of his affair with Alma Mahler (above), the obsessive Kokoschka is despondent until he commissions a life-sized, anatomically accurate replica of his former lover

Just now, milestones in Irish opera are arriving in bunches like those proverbial buses. The Irish premiere of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being (...)

Winning isn’t everything

The Games People PlayNew Theatre*** Gavin Kostick’s play for Rise Productions takes its cue from Irish mythology, specifically the legend of Tír na nÓ(...)

Taking the lead

Swing Bewley’s Café Theatre **** “Change partners!” The frequent command of this nimble two-step from the Show in a Bag series - a(...)

Coal and black chalk portrait by Oskar Kokoschka of himself and his lover Alma Mahler. Photograph: Imagno/Getty Images

‘It appealed to something vaguely perverse in me, the idea of the living doll, like Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann.” Composer Raymond Deane is expla(...)