The Ballyturk Group at The Irish Times Theatre Awards: Clive Welsh, Teho Teardo, John Crumlish, Eamonn Fox, Sophie Flynn, Anne Clarke, Paul Fahy, Stephen Rea, Tom Rohan, Helen Atkinson, Jamie Vartan and Val Sherlock. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times. 3:30

“I’ve known him longer than I’ve known my husband,” said Irish stage, television and film actor Sinéad Cusack of her friend Stephen Rea backstage a(...)

Backstage at 24 Hour Plays: stage managers work out lighting and musical cues during tech rehearsals. Photograph: Peter Crawley

Leaving home at 6am on a freezing Sunday earlier this month, after less than an hour of sleep and dressed in a makeshift uniform of black clothing (...)

Gina Moxley (Helena) and Barry McGovern (Demetrius) in  A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Abbey Theatre, Dublin *** Shakespeare isn’t getting any younger. Just last year Romeo and Juliet returned to (...)

Selina Cartmell will have  an opera directorial debut with Rigoletto. Photograph: Anthony Woods

Director Selina Cartmell and playwright Marina Carr are collaborating on a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, which will tour nationwide in April. T(...)

Rachel O’Byrne as Mary Queen of Scots. Photograph: Keith Dixon

A typical day for an acting student at The Lir, the National Academy of Dramatic Art, begins not with a class, but a “call” for a class, usually at(...)

Punk Rock: Rhys Dunlop, Jonah Hauer-King, Ian Toner and Rory Corcoran in Simon Stephens’s play. Photograph: Neil Harrison
Teenage kicks, teenage angst
  • Stage
  • August 2, 2014, 01:00

In the run-up to the release of Good Vibrations, the biopic about Terri Hooley, the record-shop owner who helped shape Belfast’s punk era, the novelis(...)

Shakespeare was viewed as a mascot for cultural imperialism in early twentieth-century Ireland, and the official celebrations and firework displays seen in other European countries are absent here, but the visit by President Michael D Higgins to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, did coincide with the celebrations. Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography
The Irish take on Shakespeare
  • Books
  • May 23, 2014, 14:04

With 2014 marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, a series of lectures on the Bard by UCD and the Abbey has proved popular this year. Tw(...)

Owen Roe as Romeo and Olwen Fouéré as Juliet in Siren Productions’ A Tender Thing  by Ben Power at Project Arts Centre. Among the highlights of the lecture programme is a conversation with Selina Cartmell, who directed  Roe in the Abbey’s production of King Lear last year and A Tender Thing at the Project, where  Power reimagined Romeo and Juliet as a couple in their 70s.

A series of free public lectures on Shakespeare will take place next month in conjunction with UCD and the Abbey Theatre. Now in its third year, the 2(...)

Best Actress: Lia Williams as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams, directed by Ethan McSweeny for the Gate Theatre.
Irish Times Theatre Awards

Judges’ Special Award:Anu Productions: To mark their work commemorating the Dublin Lockout, using the city of Dublin as their set, and their reconf(...)

Nominee: Simon Callow, nominated for The Man Jesus, written by Matthew Hurt and directed by Joseph Alford for the Lyric Theatre. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images
An actor’s journey into character

The actor’s journey to inhabiting another character with their body can take some weird and wonderful detours. Some say it’s when they first pu(...)