The production zips along thanks to carefully drawn characters, the conductor’s pacing and the vocal commands of the leads

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Shackleton Factory Performance Space, Sligo ★★★ Most theatres, if they’re being honest, dream of setting sail. Even the inner workings of the stage(...)

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(...)

The Playboy of the Western World The Factory Performance Space, Sligo **** A murderer is on the run, staggering towards a Mayo shebeen (...)

Landmark Productions’ Ballyturk, written and directed by Enda Walsh, far left, and starring Mikel Murfi, Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea, which is at the Black Box Theatre for Galway Arts Festival in July. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Galway Arts Festival is hoping to emulate the success of its 2011 co- production Misterman (...)

David Stout and Helena Dix in Cristina regina di Svezia by Foroni as part of Wexford Festival Opera - Photograph: Clive Barda/ArenaPAL

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