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(...)

Eight years after winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes with The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Ken Loach, unstoppable director, and Paul Laverty, his regula(...)

Street spectacle show “Dragonus” by Compagnie Malabar from France will take to the streets of Galway with a monumental moving dragon   during Galway International Arts Festival

A dragon, aliens and a giant red ball will be used to launch Galway’s annual invasion of culture in July. The Galway International Arts Festival has (...)

Landmark Productions’ Ballyturk, written and directed by Enda Walsh, far left, and starring Mikel Murfi, Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea, which is at the Black Box Theatre for Galway Arts Festival in July. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Galway Arts Festival is hoping to emulate the success of its 2011 co- production Misterman (...)

Serious clowning: Fionnuala Gallagher (left) during rehearsals
Cheers of a clown

It’s only a teeny mask, and one that is hard to earn, yet a red nose has always held a particular attraction for Fionnuala Gallagher. So she’s delight(...)