Detail of Stéphane Béna Hanly’s Length of a Legacy (2015)

RIDDLE OF THE BURIAL GROUNDS Lara Almarcegui,  Rossella Biscotti, Simon Boudvin,  Matthew Buckingham, Mariana Castillo Deball, Dorot(...)

Thirty-seven years ago, when Paul McGuinness signed a virtually unknown teen rock band called U2, he was also interested in making movies. After dr(...)

From left, Mary Hickson of Cork Opera House, Julie Kelleher of the Everyman Palace Theatre, and Lorraine Maye of Cork Midsummer festival, at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Mary Hickson, chief executive of Cork Opera House, has a powerful gut. Right now it is telling her that the future will be exciting, but it won’t b(...)

Neil Carroll’s How Many Is a Million? from the exhibition What Is and What Might Be at Highlanes Gallery

What Is and What Might Be – Ten contemporary painters Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda **** The Drogheda Arts Festival has been and gone bu(...)

Andrew Scott’s sublime attention to detail in Sea Wall has an  hypnotic effect.   Photograph: Ken Cummins
Review: Sea Wall

Sea Wall Project Arts Centre, Dublin *****It may be best to know as little as possible before going to Sea Wall, a play that, at its most profound, is(...)

Daphne Carroll  during rehearsals for the  play “The Unexpected Death of Jimmy Blizzard”

Daphne Carroll, who has died aged 91, was one half of a famous Irish acting marriage which in its present generation has produced no fewer than five t(...)

Aoife Duffin: ‘I’m constantly toying with how I should perform it. You’re on that knife-edge of what’s careful, what’s good for me, and what’s interesting for an audience. Because I am manipulating my own emotions.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In the weeks leading up to the 2014 premiere of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, Aoife Duffin began listening to a squall of disturbing voices, all o(...)

Theatre Machine: ‘It’s brilliant for young companies to test their work in an environment that’s not necessarily final or complete. It’s so important to have someone in to see your stuff before going into a final production’

This week, Theatre Machine, or to give it it’s full title, The Theatre Machine Turns You On Volume Four, will be cranking into life. Sixteen theatr(...)

Sinead Cambell-Wallace in Alcina by the Opera Theatre Company which got a rise in funds from €640,000 to €680,000 for 2015. Photograph: Kip Carroll

The Arts Council funding allocations for 2015 have stability as their main focus. In this year’s allocations, just announced, most organisation(...)

Looking for Work: an allegory of conformity. Photograph: Louis Haugh

Project Arts Centre, Dublin **   Film-makers call it ambience: the incidental noise and sounds in the background that mean nothin(...)