Where are the women?: Queen Maeve in the woodcut that WB Yeats commissioned from Elinor Monsell for what became the Abbey Theatre. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

In the foyer of the Abbey Theatre a small plaque commemorates the staff and company members who participated in the 1916 Rising. Of the seven names(...)

Pam Brighton with playwright Gary Mitchell. Photograph: Arthur Allison

Pam Brighton, who has died aged 68 in her adopted home of Belfast, was a Yorkshire-born theatre director who was central to developing people’s theatr(...)

Bridget O’Connor: Tragically, her Bafta for best adapted screenplay, which she won with her husband Peter Straughan for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, was posthumous as she died of cancer in 2010 at the distressingly young age of 49. Photograph: Peter Straughan.

Having lived abroad for much of my adult life, I’d like to celebrate an emigrant Irish writer, in fact, the daughter of emigrants. To paraphrase Ki(...)

Cast of dozens: Stephen Jones and Damian Kearney in Stones in His Pockets

If you look around Irish theatre right now, the stage seems to be teeming with characters, but backstage the dressing rooms are pretty much emp(...)

Marie Jones, whose Stones in his Pockets previews tonight. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Marie Jones is in formidable company. The Belfast playwright’s portrait hangs alongside those of Seamus Heaney and Brian Friel in the airy spac(...)

It’s complicated: ‘It would be a lovely thing, just forgetting for a minute Britishness or Irishness and just being proud to be Northern Irish,’  says Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol

As a young boy, the Belfast pianist Barry Douglas regularly came face to face with the bewildering issue of identity. He recalls instances in south Be(...)

From grave to cradle

Weddins, Weeins and WakesLyric Theatre, Belfast ***Mona and Molly are two salt-of-the-earth Belfast women, one the street body washer, the other the s(...)