Michael Harding’s latest book is called Hanging With the Elephant.

Irish Times columnist Michael Harding will make his first appearance on the Late Late Show tonight to promote his new book Hanging With the Elephant. (...)

Many actors are taught a method, others learn a technique, and some, like Coonan, above, discover what kind of actor they are on the job. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Not too long ago, at a party thrown by Aidan Gillen, two actors fell into conversation without knowing they were up for the same part. “Has anyone (...)

 PJ Mara: Voip providers, he snarled, were “parasites”. They were not genuine operators like Twitter or Facebook, who “have invested significant funds”.    Photograph: Frank Miller

If Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, who plays Nidge in Love/Hate, is looking for insight for his new RTÉ drama role as former Fianna Fáil spin doctor PJ Mara, he s(...)

Aisling Franciosi (centre) of The Fall, with presenters Miriam O’Callaghan and Ryan Tubridy at the launch of RTÉ’s new season of programming. Photograph: Eric Luke

"Why do we do it? Chase power. Cling to power – when we’re all destined to lose it someday?” a former taoiseach asks in RTÉ’s forthcoming series of(...)

Aidan Gillen plays Charles Haughey during filming in Dublin in October 2013 of the forthcoming RTÉ / Element Pictures / Touchpaper Television series on his life. Photograph: PA Wire 2:56

Power-craving politicians, elusive psychopaths and paranoid gangsters will be at the centre of RTÉ One’s drama offering in its 2014-2015 season, while(...)

Actor Brendan Gleeson signs autographs at the ‘Calvary’ premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival earlier this month. Photograph: Getty

John Butler’s comedy The Stag and John Michael McDonagh’s state-of-the-nation piece Calvary have topped the charts in the nominations for the upcom(...)

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(...)

Mad Men: the TV series has featured work by the wonderful American poet Frank O’Hara

Is this the consequence of an overly optimistic disposition or is poetry everywhere in recent times? Devotees of B(...)

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(...)

Gavin Quinn. Photograph: Eric Luke

The nominees for best director at this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards don’t mean to sound ungrateful. But none of them are entirely sure (...)