Barry John O’Connor (Oedipus) and Muiris Crowley (Chorus) in Oedipus

Oedipus Abbey Theatre, Dublin **** The fate of Oedipus ought to be blindingly obvious. That’s as true for the protagonist of Sophocles’ classic, a rul(...)

Jane Brennan in By the Bog of Cats

By the Bog of Cats Abbey Theatre, Dublin ***   Hester Swane is having a bad day. Her lover, Carthage Kilbride, is due to mar(...)

Aoife Duffin in A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing. Photograph: Fiona Morgan

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing  Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin ****   For anyone who has read Eimear McBride’s uncompromis(...)

Owen Roe plays a stoic Romeo, Olwen Fouéré a drifting Juliet
A Tender Thing

A Tender Thing Project Arts Centre, Dublin *** In Ben Power’s ingenious reworking of Shakespeare’s play, which dismantles the text and rea(...)

Desire Under the ElmsSmock Alley Theatre, Dublin ****No matter how many people suffer in Greek tragedy, we can usually decide on a single tragic hero:(...)