Ian Lloyd Anderson (Jack Clitheroe) and Kate Stanley Brennan (Nora Clitheroe) in The Plough and the Stars. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

The Plough and the Stars Abbey Theatre, Dublin *** Asked for his assessment of the French Revolution, 200 years after the event, the Chinese lead(...)

Kyron Bourke’s Big Bad glowers with hunger and despair, prevailing upon us to regard him not as a malevolent monster but a good wolf, whom life has dealt a mean hand.

Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf **** Lyric Theatre, Belfast On a frosty winter night, the natural world feels uneasy, as though sensing(...)

Shibboleth Peacock Theatre *** Can there be such a thing as peace without reconciliation? That is the logic behind Belfast’s so-called Peace Walls,(...)

Cathy Belton: commanding solo performance. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

The Match Box ***   Alone in a house on Valentia Island, in a quiet sanctuary pierced only by skirling seabirds, a nervy woman pl(...)

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(...)

From left, Brendan, Domhnall and  Brian Gleeson in Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce

The Walworth Farce Olympia Theatre, Dublin **** Among all the surreal horrors of Enda Walsh’s turbo-charged tragicomedy from 2006 – a p(...)

Irish Water has reported a data breach to the Data Protection Commissioner after it inadvertently sent bank details relating to some individuals to the wrong people.

Irish Water is investigating a data breach after it sent bank details relating to a number of individuals to the wrong people. Minister for the Enviro(...)

The Way Back Home, Branar’s ambitious stage version of Oliver Jeffers’s beautiful picture book

Earlier this year I saw a performance of Human Child, a play for children aged eight years and over, performed by Collapsing Horse Theatre Company (...)

Our Few and Evil Days: “You listen to the painstaking dialogue, though, like a surveillance team hoping to catch someone in confession”

Our Few and Evil Days Abbey Theatre, Dublin ****It isn’t remarkable that Mark O’Rowe, a master of sensational monologues, should return to dialogue fo(...)

Kathy Kiera Clarke and Lisa Dwyer Hogg e

Abbey Theatre, Dublin ***   Can you expect a stable play to emerge from a time of extraordinary upheaval? Conceived before the ou(...)