Denise Gough with the award for Best Actress for People, Places and Things and Kenneth Cranham with the Best Actor Award for The Father at the Olivier Awards. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Irishwoman Denise Gough received the best actress theatre award at the Olivier Awards announced at the Royal Opera House in London on Sunday night. (...)

Marty Rea as Richard II and Gavin Drea Aumerle in DruidShakespeare. Photograph:  Matthew Thompson

Looking back on theatre in 2015 has been a reminder that there are always new ways of seeing things, and that theatre demands fresh perspectives and (...)

‘The Harmonium Project’ taking place outside the Usher Hall at Festival Square during the Edinburgh International Festival 2015. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

1. Edinburgh is not actually a matter of life and death If you read any given festival report (“Edinburgh Fringe 2015: 10 top tips for survival(...)

Culture Ireland’s Showcase Programme will support artists appearing at three festivals in  Edinburgh in the coming months.

Irish artists off to Edinburgh A star-studded line-up of Irish literature and theatre will feature at festivals in Edinburgh this month with the (...)

High Heels in Low Places: Panti has a beer in one hand, an eyelash in the other. “What am I doing with my life?” she asks

In the crumbling dressing room of a cabaret theatre in Sydney, Panti peels off an eyelash. She has a beer in one hand, an eyelash in the other. “What (...)

Like an Oscar statuette rescued from a house fire: Pat Kinevane gives his character a vitality beyond death in Fishamble’s ‘Underneath’. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Underneath Civic Theatre, Tallaght ****   She speaks to us from within the grave and beyond; an otherworldly figure, painted g(...)

Patrick Lonergan: ‘The collapse of the Celtic Tiger has been met with a blurring of distinctions in our theatre: between devised and scripted work, between adaptations and originals, between the personal and the global, between Ireland and the rest of the world - between the actor, the director, the author and the audience - and between male and female, gay and straight, rich and poor.’ Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

In 2005, Irish theatre had one of its worst ever years. Symbolising a growing crisis in the production of new Irish writing, the Dublin Theatre Festiv(...)

Pat Kinevane: ‘I’ve always felt that I’d gush with ideas, but I need to be bridled as well.’ Photograph: Patrick Redmond

For the past week or so, Pat Kinevane has been asking for trouble. The rehearsal space for his new play Underneath, his third solo performance for (...)

Lumiere festival, one of the highlights of the UK City of Culture celebrations in Derry. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

As Shaun Davey’s symphony, The Relief of Derry, reaches its climax in a converted British Army barracks in the eponymous city tonight, no doubt a few (...)

Success stories: Eileen Walsh in the Abbey production of Terminus, written and directed by Mark O’Rowe, at the Peacock theatre in  2007. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

There is a campaign, in the crumpled city of Dublin, to take disused properties and re-energise them with artistic occupation. The idea has swelled in(...)