Nina Raine (seated front left) with director Oonagh Murphy (seated front right) and the cast of Tribes. Photograph: Mark Stedman

“When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished.” So wrote the Polish Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz, coining a phrase that has been take(...)

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(...)

Owen Roe and Charlie Maher in ‘Melt’

Melt Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin  ★★★ “So, what brings you to the end of the world?” asks Owen Rowe’s brusque ecologist, Prof Boylan, recently jo(...)

Annie Ryan in Nora. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Nora Project Arts Centre Space Upstairs ★★★ Updating a classic is always a chancy endeavour, so kudos is due to novelist and playwright Belinda McKeon(...)

Darragh Byrne (PIglet) and John Ruddy (Frank, Mrs Nugent)  in Frank Pig Says Hello

First,a putative title: The Poshlost Manifesto. Once upon a time in the dim and distant past when God was a gosson as they say, or used to – when the(...)

The  mantras of the homeless desperately asking for money act as a  kind of Greek chorus. Photograph:  Aoife Herrity

Project Arts Centre Cube ★★★ The set for this devised work from Dublin Youth Theatre may be sparse – just a few stools – but this is no austere mini(...)

Patrick Moffatt, Beth Buchanan and Heather Bolton in Come Away With Me ... Photograph: Pia Johnson

Samuel Beckett Theatre ★★★★ This quirky Australian piece is billed as “a quietly humorous meditation on life and death”.  Three individuals wan(...)

The Sin Eaters leans towards ‘a sense of female oppression, kept artificially vague’. Photograph: Graham Cooper

The Sin Eaters Pigeon House Lab ★★★ “Do you think places hold memories?” asks a young woman, with grim determination, early in The Sin Eaters. It ha(...)

The cast of Belinda McKeon's new play 'Nora'.

The Sin Eaters Pigeon House Lab, Poolbeg. Sept 27-Oct 15 The Sin Eaters. Photograph: © Graham Cooper Such has been the power of(...)

Ollie West as ‘Hamnet’. Photograph: Ste Murray and Jason Booher

About two years ago, Bush Moukarzel, the writer and co-director of Dead Centre, went to meet Ollie West, an 11-year-old boy from a theatrical family, (...)