Sam Shepard: earthy, taciturn cowboy poet. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

Sam Shepard Born: November 5th, 1943 Died: July 27th, 2017 Sam Shepard, an icon of the US counterculture whose expansive writing for stage and screen(...)

Stephen Rea and Neil Martin, who will stage Seamus Heaney’s Aeneid: Book VI at the Kilkenny Arts Festival.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

When Seamus Heaney was 18 and attending Latin class in St Columb’s College in Derry, he studied Virgil’s Aeneid: Book IX for his A Levels. His teache(...)

Saint Sisters performing from the woodland stage at Body and Soul. Photograph: Allen Kiely

Saint Sister In the Woodlands, Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty very shyly take the stage. It’s packed, despite the fact the rain has just started.(...)

Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek in Bloodline

There is a lot about Bloodline that makes the show hard to imagine working on network television. In its first series, the Netflix show, produced b(...)

Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and The Band’s Robbie Robertson (from left to right) onstage in 1976. Photograph: United Artists/Getty Images

Brownsville Girl From Knocked Out Loaded (1986) Written with the playwright Sam Shepard, this 11-minute epic is a wistful, shimmering, cinematic piece(...)

Shape shifter: Bob Dylan in 1963, before the release of the album Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. Photograph: Sony Music

Dear Bob, in July of 1978, when I was 15 years old, I got a summer job on a building site near Killiney, in Dublin, making tea for the construction w(...)

‘I don’t think “Cyprus Avenue” is a loyalist play. It’s about loyalism,’ says Stephen Rea, who appears in the play at the Abbey Theatre in February 2016. Photograph: Dave Meehan

This is a safe place. Cyprus Avenue, a new play by the Belfast writer David Ireland, begins with gentle reassurance. “Here it’s okay to say anything y(...)

Stephen Rea  accepting his special tribute award during The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in February. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Stephen Rea was the recipient of this year’s Special Tribute Award at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. The award is giving each year to someone w(...)

 Stephen Rea  and Sean McGinley  take a  bow after performing in Ages of the Moon in New York in 2010. Photograph: Ben Hider/Getty Images

The actor Stephen Rea will receive this year’s Special Tribute award at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. The presentation will be made at (...)

Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin in Zabriskie Point

Good grief. It must have been genuinely terrifying to be old, weary and conservative in the United States at the end of the 1960s. Sure, Nixon had jus(...)