Feathers Project Cube, Dublin ****   Composer Mel Mercier is our companion as four remarkable international dancers journey (...)

Every now and again, an album wends its way into the ether than shakes up our sense of the known musical world. Cork Gamelan Ensemble do just (...)

Mel Mercier: ‘A wonderful thing about gamelan music is it’s quintessential ensemble music’

The gamelan, a collection of traditional Javanese percussive instruments, has been skirting the periphery of our musical landscape for more than tw(...)

Aoife Duffin in A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing. Photograph: Fiona Morgan

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing  Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin ****   For anyone who has read Eimear McBride’s uncompromis(...)

American author Suzanne Strempek Shea (l) with Mags Riordan, the subject of her new book, and Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors. Strempek Shea will be reading at this year’s Clifden Arts Festival. Photograph: Suzanne Strempek Shea

A tribute to composer Seán Ó Riada by musicians Micheál Ó Suilleabháin and Mel Mercier and Druid Theatre’s latest Tom Murphy productions are among hig(...)

Robyn Dann-Cooney, Oni McNamara, Aoife Harrison and Aileen Palmer with their cake at the birthday party to launch the 18th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in Ard Bia at Nimmos at Galway’s Spanish Arch yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

  Ireland’s international commitment to the importance of culture and creativity for the very young is a theme of this year’s Baboró Inter(...)

Desire Under the ElmsSmock Alley Theatre, Dublin ****No matter how many people suffer in Greek tragedy, we can usually decide on a single tragic hero:(...)

Nominated: Fiona Shaw, Colm Tóibín and Deborah Warner, with Pinhead, a vulture that appears in The Testament of Mary, which is up for the best-play Tony. Photograph: Joshua Bright/The New York Times

Some day, anthropologists from New Guinea will arrive to study what must be the world’s most peculiar cultural institution: the Broadway theatr(...)

Raw power: Fiona Shaw in ‘The Testament of Mary’. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/New York Times

Can there be such a thing as too much artistic invention? Emerging on Monday from the opening night of Colm Tóibín’s (...)