Kerri Quinn’s Rita morphs from loud-mouthed innocence into studious intensity,  in sync with Michael James Ford’s understated, rumpled Frank. Photograph: Steffan Hill

Lyric Theatre, Belfast **** Belfast in the early 1980s was a perilous place and time. With random violence on the streets and political negotiation(...)

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(...)

Deirdre Donnelly and Stephen Brennan in Conservatory by Michael West
Review: Conservatory

Conservatory Peacock Theatre, Dublin **** “Do you know who died?” asks a husband of his wife, making casual conversation midway through(...)

Rory Fleck Byrne: a commanding performance. Photograph: Patrick Redmond
Review: The Vortex

The Vortex Gate Theatre, Dublin (...)