Simon McBurney in The Encounter: with more documentation than ever, and much less reflection, our own memories get no sharper. Photograph: Francisco Peralta Torrejón

A couple of weeks ago, at Edinburgh International Festival, the writer and performer Simon McBurney arrived on stage and fell into a deep preoccupatio(...)

Marina Carr: “If society is always saying no to you, that rejection has to go somewhere. It turns dark, and it erupts. So you have all these raging middle-aged women.” Photograph: Sara Freund

Over the course of a dozen plays since the absurdist gender-bending experiment of Low in the Dark, from 1989, Marina Carr has developed a voice that c(...)

Jane Brennan in By the Bog of Cats

By the Bog of Cats Abbey Theatre, Dublin ***   Hester Swane is having a bad day. Her lover, Carthage Kilbride, is due to mar(...)

Olwen Fouéré in Lessness at the Barbican’s International Beckett Season in London earlier this summer. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

It was hardly the first time that Olwen Fouéré had been the object of scholarly fascination. She is the artist, after all, who co-founded one of Irela(...)

Kevin Neville, Monica Marin, Luciano Botelho (the Duke), Sarah Ryan and Doreen Curran in Opera Theatre Company’s Rigoletto

National Opera House, WexfordCommercials run on a TV screen at the front of the stage before the opera starts. The setting is a contemporary sports cl(...)

Selina Cartmell will have  an opera directorial debut with Rigoletto. Photograph: Anthony Woods

Director Selina Cartmell and playwright Marina Carr are collaborating on a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, which will tour nationwide in April. T(...)

Hall of fame: (Clockwise from left) Patrick McCabe; Frank McGuinness; Deirdre Madden; Colum McCann; Neil Jordan; Joseph O’Connor; Sebastian Barry and Dermot Healy

When Frank McGuinness, the playwright, was 16 a teacher told him that he’d never get to university, that nobody from his background in Buncran(...)

In 2013 Blue Raincoat performed WB Yeats’s Purgatory beside Meadbh’s cairn on Knocknarea

WB Yeats knew all too well the hidden gems to be found in Sligo and its hinterlands, a mythical place which boasts an enchanting, raw ruggedness that (...)

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 (...)

Four Last Things: Elizabeth A Davis with Victor Verhaeghe and Justin Hagan in the off-Broadway production. Photograph: Russ Rowland/Royal Family Productions

At the dark and quiet level of everyday life the great drama of Irish society is suicide. It is the ultimate act: irreversible, unfathomable, devastat(...)