Ollie West in Dead Centre’s Hamnet.  Photograph:  Gianmarco Bresadola

Hamnet Peacock Theatre, Dublin ★★★★★ Who haunted Shakespeare when he wrote Hamlet? A play so steeped in death, full of demanding fathers, hapless son(...)

Morgan Crowley as Giordano Bruno (seated) in Roger Doyle’s ‘Heresy’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Heresy **** Project Arts Centre, Dublin The monk and prominent intellectual Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) fell foul of the Vatican at the age of 30. Hi(...)

Pan Pan’s Cascando, by Samuel BEckett. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

In a luxuriantly black construction in the Samuel Beckett Theatre the other week, Aedín Cosgrove seemed to get lost in her own design. Pan Pan, the i(...)

Noelle Brown and Iseult Casey in Monday’s Child. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Monday’s Child The Barn Theatre, Kilkenny **** This play for ages four and over presents important life issues in an accessible way. I(...)

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(...)

The skull designed by sculptor Andrew Clancy for Pan Pan’s Embers

A sweltering two-bedroom apartment in 1940s New Orleans. A grim cottage and a surreal graveyard in Connemara. A four-metre-high skull, sitting on a(...)

Andrew Clancy’s pale birch plywood skull, which stretches to four metres in height. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Peering out through the slatted eye sockets of an enormous wooden skull, a visitor to Andrew Clancy’s studio could feel a strange sensation; the exper(...)

Dead air

EmbersSamuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin ****What do you look for in a radio play? It’s a question made more complicated by Samuel Beckett’s asceticism an(...)