Patrick Mason (c), with the writers of Signatories: Thomas Kilroy, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Marina Carr, Joe O’Connor and Hugo Hamilton. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin ***** This production’s public birth was on the exact weekend of the Rising centenary, in the same chilling gaol where many (...)

Marina Carr, Rachel Fehily, Hugo Hamilton, Joseph O’Connor and Thomas Kilroy, five of the eight writers of Signatories, at Kilmainham Gaol. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Like many good things, the idea for the theatrical production, Signatories, came together over a cup of tea. Eilis O’Brien, UCD’s director of communi(...)

In 1960 Stewart Parker’s uncle took him to see Sam Thomson’s groundbreaking play about sectarian violence in the Belfast shipyards, Over the Bridge. (...)

Patrick Mason (c), with the writers of Signatories: Thomas Kilroy, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Marina Carr, Joe O’Connor and Hugo Hamilton. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Patrick Mason surveys the tiered cells of Kilmainham Gaol, washed by the thin light of a March morning. “It’s always cold in here, isn’t it?” he say(...)

Witty and relevant: the work of Oscar Wilde  has aged well

You could argue, with The Importance of Being Earnest at the Gate and You Never Can Tell at the Abbey, that our two major theatres are playing host to(...)

Lisa Dwyer Hogg and Marty Rea. Photograph: Pat Redmond

The Importance of Being Earnest Gate Theatre, Dublin *** Double lives abound in Oscar Wilde’s peerless comedy. At its centre is a man who is (...)

Andrew Scott: ‘Ever since I’ve done Sea Wall it has influenced all of the work I’ve done. That relationship with the audience, that idea of it being live.’ Photograph: Kevin Cummins

‘This may be him now,” says Howard Rombough, the hotel PR manager, as a sleek car rolls up to the door. It is not him. We are waiting by the entrance (...)

Daphne Carroll  during rehearsals for the  play “The Unexpected Death of Jimmy Blizzard”

Daphne Carroll, who has died aged 91, was one half of a famous Irish acting marriage which in its present generation has produced no fewer than five t(...)

Lisa Dwyer Hogg and Sam O’Mahony. Photograph: Pat Redmond
Review: The Mariner

The Mariner Gate Theatre, Dublin ***   The horrors of the first World War loom large in Hugo Hamilton’s intimately scaled dra(...)

Keith McErlean and Rebecca O’Mara

Abbey Theatre, Dublin **** In 1979, when Aristocrats was first produced at the Abbey, Charlie Haughey became taoiseach and Margaret Thatcher was elec(...)