Catherine Donnelly: ‘our warrior queen’. Photograph: Tony Higgins

Catherine Sheerin-Donnelly, who has died aged 66 after a short illness, was widely regarded as one of the finest advertising copywriters of her genera(...)

The Way Back Home, Branar’s ambitious stage version of Oliver Jeffers’s beautiful picture book

Earlier this year I saw a performance of Human Child, a play for children aged eight years and over, performed by Collapsing Horse Theatre Company (...)

The orchestra under David Brophy sprawls through the stalls. The cast roam through stalls, circles, boxes and pit as well as stage

The Rise and Fall of the City of MahagonnyOlympia Theatre, Dublin***Mahagonny, the city of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s imagination, is a city in t(...)

‘We wouldn’t normally have just 12 hours to build something of this size.’ The construction of Mahagonny in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, had to be undertaken at double speed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 2:27

In Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s satirical opera, first performed in 1930, the city of Mahagonny appears instantaneously, as if by black magic. “(...)

Soprano Ioana Pipelea: leads charismatically as Vixen
The Cunning Little Vixen
  • Music
  • January 17, 2014, 17:55

The Cunning Little VixenSamuel Beckett Theatre, TCD****Although inspired by simple cartoon pictures accompanying woodland stories in a local Czech new(...)

Heineken Cup Leinster rugby squad will play the Ospreys at 8pm on Friday at the RDS arena. The Irish side are four points ahead of Northampton after 2(...)

The first opera production of the year was – where else? – in Cork last weekend, when the CIT Cork School of Music presented Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro (above)

There’s something about opera and Cork. It’s not just that the city has a theatre called the Cork Opera House: it’s that Cork just won’t lie down w(...)

Rough Magic performers Cormac Lawlor and Sarah Shine at the announcement of the Sky Arts award of €230,000. Photograph: Alan Betson

An old truck, coughing and spluttering its way across America, finally breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Its three occupants – a widow called Leoc(...)

Lynne Parker says the new production is ‘an ideal show to draw in a new audience from every cultural corner’.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Irish theatre company Rough Magic has been awarded funding of €230,000 by digital broadcasting company Sky Ireland to enable a large-scale prod(...)

More tame than shrew: the Globe Theatre production of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

There was once a popular English folk ballad called A Merry Jest of a Shrewd and Curst Wife Lapped in Morel’s Skin for Her Good Behaviour. It is the t(...)