Christian Mazzuchini as Vladimir and Noël Vergès as Estragon in Theatre NoNo’s Waiting for Godot

‘We’ve been waiting for someone to come, but nobody has turned up.” Were it not for the bright disposition of the speaker, a museum attendant, a visit(...)

Meditating on mortality: Klaus Maria Brandauer in Krapp’s Last Tape. Photographs: Das Letzte Band

There are three events that Sean Doran recalls, over the course of a varied international career as an artistic director, when he thought he had fi(...)

In a word

All’s well? Yes and no. No, being the operative word.In his address to the Royal Shakespeare Company on his State visit to the UK last April, Presiden(...)

Bounded by books: Ivan Klíma. Photograph: Tomas Krist/Isifa/Getty
The limits of dissent
  • Books
  • May 3, 2014, 01:00

On his second visit to Prague, in the spring of 1973, Philip Roth met several dissident writers, including Milan Kundera, Ivan Klíma, Ludvík Va(...)

 A detail from the tapestry tribute to Seamus Heaney by Czech artist Peter Sís

If there is any substitute for love, it is memory – Jos Brodsky A s you tr(...)

‘What a weird fate,” exclaimed Vaclav Havel, “can befall certain words!” He was thinking particularly of “socialism”, but when he wrote those eight wo(...)

Seamus Heaney: to read the extraordinary outpouring of grief, memory and mourning is to realise his death was a unique – and a uniquely Irish – event. Photograph: Neil Drabble/Camera Press

Many years ago I was invited to a dinner in the Department of Foreign Affairs attended by Seamus Heaney, among others, and presided over by the then t(...)

Vaclav Havel: not merely an anti-communist, his themes were universal. Photograph: Reuters

Whether we know it or not, we are all of us, all the time, oppressed by the kind of power exercised, ostensibly at least, in the name of organising so(...)

Ciaran McCauley and John Carty in Blue Raincoat’s Endgame

Over the weekend, the town of Enniskillen pulled out all the stops for the immersive experience that is the Happy Days Enniskillen International Becke(...)

Endgame by Wits’ End, one of two productions of the play at the festival

Seán Doran is a man who’s known for his big ideas, and – more importantly – for making them happen. The Derry-born artistic director has carpeted Traf(...)