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(...)

Katherine Hunka. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Review: ICO/Katherine Hunka

Irish Chamber Orchestra/ Kat herine Hunka Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire ***** Tchaikovsky – Souvenir de Florence Op 70 (exc). Noctur(...)

The Abbey director Fiach Mac Conghail said he hoped for “a constructive working relationship” between the National Theatre and the Arts Council. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Abbey director, Fiach Mac Conghail, has called on the Government “to protect and increase financial support for the arts in Ireland” at the launch(...)

May 1st, 1916: A barricade made of carts, in Great Brunswick Street, Dublin, during the Easter Rising. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Earlier this week, we posted a message on The Irish Times Facebook page asking for you to tell us the stories of relatives who you think may have been(...)

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(...)

Monologue: Leanne Best as Sal in The Match Box, from 2012, which Frank McGuinness wrote for Liverpool Playhouse
Playing out on stage

The Factory Girls: The play that put McGuinness on the map, back in 1982. Taking its inspiration from the writer’s mother, who worked in a shirt facto(...)