An actor with the Blue Raincoat theatre company, which is staging three Beckett plays in disused former factory in Sligo. Photograph: Peter Martin

The setting will be unusual when three short plays by Samuel Beckett are staged in Sligo for 10 nights. Beckett Hazelwood, presented by the Blue Rain(...)

Blue Raincoat’s revival of ‘Alice in Wonderland’suggests a long-standing kinship with adventurers

It’s easy, these days, to feel nostalgic for a time when things seemed irretrievably better. But earlier this year, when a 20-year-old copy of the Lim(...)

The cast “Alice in Wonderland”: for this revival, director Niall Henry pairs Alice (Miriam Needham) with an older version of herself (Hilary Bowen-Walsh), raising all kinds of conceptual ideas

The Factory Performance Space, Sligo ★★★ In a year marked by official commemorations, it’s striking that the longest-standing independent theatre(...)

The garden is an integral part of the design of McCullough Mulvin’s winning “Hidden Garden”

Folding, floating, hiding, sinking, sliding, sheltering, overshooting – architecture is constantly shifting about, as is evident in this year’s RIAI (...)

Shackleton Factory Performance Space, Sligo ★★★ Most theatres, if they’re being honest, dream of setting sail. Even the inner workings of the stage(...)

The Playboy of the Western World The Factory Performance Space, Sligo **** A murderer is on the run, staggering towards a Mayo shebeen (...)

In 2013 Blue Raincoat performed WB Yeats’s Purgatory beside Meadbh’s cairn on Knocknarea

WB Yeats knew all too well the hidden gems to be found in Sligo and its hinterlands, a mythical place which boasts an enchanting, raw ruggedness that (...)

Serious clowning: Fionnuala Gallagher (left) during rehearsals
Cheers of a clown

It’s only a teeny mask, and one that is hard to earn, yet a red nose has always held a particular attraction for Fionnuala Gallagher. So she’s delight(...)

John Carty as Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Photograph: Steve Rogers
First Cosmonaut

First Cosmonaut The Factory, Sligo ***Robert Lepage’s The Far Side of the Moon explains the difference between astronauts and cosmonauts. Astronauts, (...)

Your move

Endgame The Factory Performance Space, Sligo *** Hamm’s great nightmare, shared with his servant, Clov, has become true: they’re begin(...)