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

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Left to right, Ronan Leahy, Ciaran O'Brien and Phelim Drew in Drum Bell. Photograph:  Julien Behal/PA Wire

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