The Last Hotel: Claudia Boyle as  the elegant Irish woman

The Last Hotel Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh **** It seems like an innocuous question, asked by a chatty Irish woman of a hesitant English couple w(...)

Claudia Boyle  who stars in The Last Hotel by Donnacha Dennehy 3:13

Opera plots tend to revolve around love and sex, power and death. The story of Donnacha Dennehy’s new opera, The Last Hotel, ticks at least one of (...)

The Girl Who Believed in Magic Project Arts Centre, Dublin **For her first miracle, in a new performance reportedly inspired by magic, the musician Ju(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? Michael Longley’s beautifully fragile evocation of life, death, nature and memory in The Stairwell.(...)

John Mahoney and Penny Slusher in Chapatti

Dance of the Lobsters. Chapatti. Hallali . . . Why does so much of the programme for this year’s Galway International Festival sound so delicious? (...)

Cillian Murphy ‘underlines his character’s restless spirit with manic eyes and a multi-octave voice’, while  Mikel Murfi depicts ‘gormlessness with spry physical genius’, in Ballyturk. 4:41

Ballyturk Black Box Theatre, Galway ****Ballyturk, a place that may or may not exist, still seems strangely familiar. We are in a huge sealed room, (...)

Patrick O’Reilly with his installation Thorn at his exhibition in The Shed at Galway Docks. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Western Correspondent Giant inflatable crustaceans will cruise the streets of Galway today as the city kicks off its international arts festival, whic(...)

Ballyturk, playwright Enda Walsh’s latest collaboration with actors Cillian Murphy (above), Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea, has been sold out for weeks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:30

Acrobatics as a flight of fantasy and mythology as a map of the human psyche are themes of this year’s Galway International Arts Festival which open(...)

From left, Mikel Murfi, Enda Walsh , Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A new play by Enda Walsh is bound to cause a stir on the Irish arts scene. The play, which stars Stephen Rea, Cillian Murphy and Mikel Murfi, is an(...)

Dramatic realisation: Enda Walsh (left) with the cast of Ballyturk – Mikel Murfi, Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea 4:41

Enda Walsh didn’t break it to his daughter gently. “I can still remember her little face and that incredulous look on it,” says the playwright, in a t(...)