Jimmy Fay, from Tallaght: ‘I became obsessed with Belfast when I was researching Owen McCafferty’s play Quietly.’ Photograph: Brian Morrison

At the recent launch of the Lyric Theatre’s autumn/winter season in Belfast, board chairman Mark Carruthers spoke frankly of the theatre’s need to “re(...)

‘It’s the uncertainty of what might happen on any given night that makes writing a comedy for the stage so exhilarating.’ Paul Howard at the stage door of the Gaiety Theatre. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The absurdity of what I do for a living is not lost on me. Mostly, my job involves sitting at a desk for between eight and 10 hours a day, thin(...)

Patrick O’Kane: ‘I find that my perspective on many things is through the prism of being a Belfast man, even though I don’t live there any more.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

As the photographer frames a shot of Patrick O’Kane, sitting still and unsmiling in the Abbey auditorium, he makes a comment that the actor has pro(...)

The Abbey director Fiach Mac Conghail said he hoped for “a constructive working relationship” between the National Theatre and the Arts Council. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Abbey director, Fiach Mac Conghail, has called on the Government “to protect and increase financial support for the arts in Ireland” at the launch(...)

Pianist Conor Linehan, director Jimmy Fay and choreographer Colin Dunne take a fresh look at the 1913 Lockout in a new production at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s easy to be sentimental – or cynical – about such concepts as solidarity and brotherhood. It’s not so easy to bring them to life. The Abbey Theatr(...)

The Risen People: a huge degree of talent put to the service of a bad idea. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh
The Risen People

The Risen PeopleAbbey Theatre, Dublin**Memorials, to paraphrase Allen Ginsberg, are for old bums to sit on. The idea of commemorating the 1913 Lockout(...)

Millner John Shevlin dressed as James Joyce at Smock Alley Theatre for the launch of the Bloomsday festival last year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Bloomsday this year will be an international affair with a 36 hour reading marathon that spans the globe. Readings of James Joyce’s Ulysses will begin(...)