Derbhle Crotty in Juno and the Paycock at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Many actors can tell you about the history of their characters, the backstories assembled from clues in the text, educated guesses or creative leaps (...)

Something very interesting happened in Irish theatre in the 1960s and 1970s. One of the most basic elements of a play is a character: a coheren(...)