The story never ends: Tom Murphy’s Brigit

Some of them arrive all too soon; others feel like they’ll never come at all. Some of them are happy, others horrifying. Some come with a twist, some (...)

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(...)

The first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st, 1916. Photograph: The Art Archive / Imperial War Museum
Putting war into words
  • Books
  • April 10, 2014, 09:36

“You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, g(...)

Ben Power, programmer at temporary theatre space the Shed. Photograph: Clare Nicholson

It draws your eye, crossing the Thames on Waterloo Bridge, or slows your pace while walking along London’s South Bank: a huge incongruous wooden struc(...)

Early years: the original building

Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, which is 30 this year, was not the first artists’ studio co-operative in Dublin, but it is certainly one of the best k(...)

Robert Harris: trademark approach. Photograph: Geoffrey Swaine/Rex

It was the dodgiest of all dossiers. “It’s quite small,” says Robert Harris. “It was written on very flimsy paper – rice paper, or old-style typing pa(...)

Stop making sense

We’re always trying to make sense of what we see. The lens of the eye presents images upside down, and the brain gradually adjusts the picture. We’re (...)

Declan Hughes: “I’ve queried the occasional professional fee, when it seemed egregiously over-entitled.”

Are you a saver or a spender? I’ve worked my entire professional life as a playwright, novelist an(...)

A few days ago in Dublin, an actor lost his job. That might not count as major news, but for the operation in question it represented a 50 per (...)

Howie/Rookie: Tom Vaughan Lawlor

A few days ago in Dublin, an actor lost his job. That might not count as major news, but for the operation in question it represented a 50 per (...)