Cary Fukunaga’s thriller suggests a society unnervingly similar to our own

Review: If you liked Black Mirror, you might enjoy this time-warped Netflix thriller

The Cat’s Mother: Erica Murray’s play is a sly moral teaser about taking responsibility

Dublin Fringe Festival: Sisters contemplate putting their senile mother out of her misery

Shame: Pom Boyd has been performing from an early age, in awkward fabrications before grown-ups, or flustered improvisations to cope with social anxiety and regressive gender politics. Photograph: Derek Speirs

Dublin Fringe Festival: Pom Boyd confronts family demons in an absorbing autobiographical show

Vogue Williams: “I’m a social influencer. I know how mad that is, but it’s also absolutely amazing. I just got some new bed sheets today, and I didn’t have to pay for them”

Vogue Williams meets her fellow social influencers Perez Hilton and the Saccone Jolys

Trial of the Centurys illustration by Ruan van Vliet

Dublin Fringe Festival: Trelliot, twin-brother pop stars who fell to earth, get their day in a cardboard court

Willie White, director of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Dublin Theatre Festival director Willie White on Arts Council rows and Ireland’s cultural deficits

Orla Tinsley: even at one moment of clear distress, when death is too near to laugh at, she imparts a motivational message to the camera

Review: ‘Orla Tinsley: Warrior’ depicts incredible resilience against grinding circumstance

Lex Talionis: the cast are subtle, birdlike without overegging it. Photograph: Aoife Cahill

Dublin Fringe Festival: Excellent performances make Liam Heylin’s pithy new play fly

The Money: 12 players try to win the pot by agreeing how to spend it within an hour. Photograph: Steve Tanner

Dublin Fringe Festival: What’s at stake in Kaleider’s ‘showgame’, cash or democracy?

Beat: Fionntán Larney’s excellent debut is a  persuasive anatomy of toxic masculinity. Photograph: Ste Murray

Dublin Fringe Festival: Fionntán Larney’s debut is spry, considered and sophisticated

Aaron Monaghan and Garry Hynes. ‘

For director Garry Hynes, the desire to portray this tortured king goes back years

Is it voyeuristic, or deeply empathetic, to watch the emotional heights of others?

Joy, humour, agony – all human life is on show in RTÉ’s portrait of the Dublin hospital

Everything Can Be Dismantled: One humble utopian vision emerged: “It’s great,” somebody said of the improvised shelter. “Rent-free.”

Dublin Fringe Festival: During yet another housing flashpoint, a new collective asks us to imagine alternatives by trying out alte(...)

‘Who would have thought the most boring thing about this was the f**king?’

The Deuce review: Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco return in the 1970s-set porn drama

Madhouse: PJ Gallagher’s mother cared for several men with schizophrenia. Photograph: Rory Murphy

Dublin Fringe Festival: Who are we to stigmatise mental disorder, the comedian asks

Dreamgun Film Reads: the Fringe Binge is like a white-knuckle version of the Mercury Theater live radio broadcasts. Photograph Ste Murray

Dublin Fringe Festival: Blockbuster scripts get rapid-fire rewrites and crackling unrehearsed performances

A Holy Show: the Aer Lingus hijacker demanded the pope reveal the third secret of Fatima. Photograph: Ste Murray

Dublin Fringe Festival: Janet Moran’s show is based on the Aer Lingus hijacking of 1981

Oneday: Dick Walsh and James Moran challenge journalism, theatre and expertise. Photograph: Aine McBride

What happened on March 13th, 2012? Dick Walsh makes it his mission to know

Fable: each of the five sequences take their cues from tales already on the borderline of myth – pumped-up news reports, political conspiracy theories or dubious cultural phenomena. Photograph: Cathy Coughlan

Dublin Fringe Festival: Some narrative techniques are a stretch too far for these skilled dancers

Everything I Do: Alone on a trampoline as marked as a lunar surface, Zoe Ní Riordáin has lost her support

Dublin Fringe Festival: The end of love feels like a broken record for Zoe Ní Riordáin

Damien Dempsey: Letterfrack was “hell on earth,” he says, struggling to keep emotion at bay. “That’s a lot to take in”

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ review: The singer has a whole national history in his gene pool

Ruth McGowan: “The things that interest me are more pronounced this year. Like programming a bunch of parties, programming a bunch of club nights.”

The event’s new artistic director has some questions for the city. Is it listening?

Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey and her mother Angela, a recovering  heroin addict

Review: The ‘Late Late Show’ machine miscalculated on Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey

‘I tossed off a man from my hydrotherapy group.’ Toni Collette is magnificent as Joy in ‘Wanderlust’

Review: Sex is awkward in ‘Wanderlust’, a BBC TV comedy about passion and honesty

Oxmantown Road: Over the years, the character of the neighbourhood has changed distinctly

‘Our Lives in Property: Oxmantown Road’ is a fascinating social history of a Dublin street

Colin Parry (Daniel Mays), Wendy Parry (Anna Maxwell Martin). Photograph: Steffan Hill

‘Mother’s Day’ focuses on two mothers’ responses to the 1993 Warrington bombing

Aran Murphy in Hamnet, at the Samuel Beckett Theatre

Dead Centre’s brilliant one-boy show in Dublin, and all the drama of Electric Picnic

Adrian Chiles: ‘I’ve seen no spiders, I don’t really get drunk and I don’t misbehave’ Photograph: Jonathan Young

TV Review: presenter’s frank and personal BBC documentary, ‘Drinkers Like Me’

TV Review: BBC’s ‘Bodyguard’ brings psychological complexity to the thriller genre

Mary McAleese: Irish people are adapting to ‘cultural Catholicism’

TV Review: Ex-president reveals what World Meeting of Families means to her ‘modern family’

Michael West’s new version of Frankenstein for Theatre Lovett is a similarly elegant re-animation, or, to use his term, “mutation”.

Michael West’s new version of Frankenstein wonders if the scientist and monster are now one and the same

New Zealand Rose Jolene McLaughlin greets Daithí Ó Sé by Maori tradition. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

TV Review: The one radical moment in Monday night’s broadcast turns out to be a glitch

Majella reminds a chummy O’Connor of his cutting remarks about her husband. Photograph: Andres Poveda

TV Review: Presenter Brendan O’Connor is outmanoeuvred by his chat show guest

Don Wycherley, My Real Life, Viking Theatre, Clontarf, Dublin

Michael West’s Frankenstein adaption and a Wexford man without promise of a future

Kirstie Alley enters the house during the Celebrity Big Brother Launch Night at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

The fame-hungry are desperate enough to take part, and we’re desperate enough watch them

Miriam O’Callaghan journeys to Derry, Alabama and Washington

RTÉ’s documentary about the 1968 protests is part history show, part personal journey

The young lovers defy their wheezing elders in both deed and fashion sense, subverting berets and army camouflage with insurgent colours and punk tartan

Review: Lynne Parker directs an Irish take on Shakespeare at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Mullered and Skullit: Liam Carney and Phillip Judge in Two Pints

Pat Shortt stars in the second of Martin McDonagh’s Leenane Trilogy; Roddy Doyle’s barfly banter gets a human face with Liam Carne(...)

Mangan uses his pulling power to create several whipsmart celebrity cameos

In Channel 4’s ‘Hang-Ups’, Stephen Mangan plays a therapist who takes his practice online

‘He was the Irish conflict’s equivalent to Martin Luther King,’ says Bill Clinton

‘In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America’ documents his tireless, transatlantic efforts

Lynne Parker: “Mischief is a really big part of theatre-making. Once you get pious and restricted you’re not going to have the fluidity that you need.”

Rough Magic is recharging itself with a new young company and an electrifying take on Shakespeare

Rough Magic’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Rough Magic’s high-voltage staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream addresses climate change, while Jim Cartwright’s ‘Two’ is more tha(...)

Keep it in the famly:  Brian Cox as Logan Roy in Succession. Photograph: HBO

The new show from ‘The Thick of It’ writer Jesse Armstrong focuses on viscious in-fighting of a media moguil’s family

The Game – The Story of Hurling: “Nobody owns hurling. Hurling just lives.”

Review: With so much ground to cover, an epic three-part documentary on hurling moves at breakneck pace

The cast of Jimmy’s Hall visiting the site of the original hall and the ruin of Jimmy Gralton’s home in Effrinagh, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

The Abbey brings the insurgent story of Jimmy Gralton back to the stage for another knees-up

 Robin Williams:  always reaching out for that ‘little extra hug you can only get from strangers’

Review: Robin Williams: the death of the comic overshadows this poignant documentary like a stone

Boy George appears in ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’  Photograph: Stephen Perry

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ review: Tragedy for singer’s ancestors in early 20th-century Ireland

How to Get Rich Quick: the unexpected lessons of Dave Fishwick’s show are in the art of being extremely frugal. Photograph: Channel4

Review: Self-made millionaire Dave Fishwick offers trite advice in new Channel4 series

Francis Brennan: blending right in on Grand Tour of South Africa. Photograph: RTE

Review: ‘Grand Tour of South Africa’ is bewilderingly fond of jokey cheesy tourism gestures

Brink Prodcutions of The Aspirations of Daise Morrow is  at Black Box Theatre, from July 23rd to 28th

Flight witnesses an epic struggle staged in miniature, while an immersive performance invites us to share the scorched earth of Pa(...)

WTF: Gordon Ramsay with chef Louis Cilento. Photograph: Channel 4

24 Hours to Hell and Back review : The restaurant needed a saviour. Instead it got Ramsay in a fake moustache

Stanley Townsend in Incanttata. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Incantata review: the staging of Paul Muldoon’s elegy for a lover and a fellow artist is grief as an artform

Shelter review: History repeats itself in Cristin Kehoe’s admirably understated drama set in modern Dublin

RTÉ’s documentary is as much about coping with neurological disorders as treating them

“What Facebook has learned is that the people on the extremes are the really valuable ones,” says Roger McNamee, an early investor.  Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Review: ‘Secrets of the Social Network’ undercover investigation exposes Facebook’s Dublin content review unit

Writer Sonya Kelly: irony and insight. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The performers in Kelly’s new comedy about people and things, say their lines with wit and only occasionally bump into the furnitu(...)

Philip McDonald in Foyle Punt: “They say bigger’s better... Stick with what you know.” Photograph: Donal Glackin

‘Foyle Punt’ review: Allow The Local Group to introduce you to a boat, the Foyle Punt, everything it stands for and what it may be(...)

Phillip McMahon and Rachel O’Riordan’s  new play, ‘Come on Home’, runs in the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage  from July 13th to August 4th. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Writer Phillip McMahon and director Rachel O’Riordan on making a play inspired by a hidden community of gay priests

Foyle Punt is inspired by and written with the Donegal boat builder Philip McDonald

Druid premieres two original works while a new company take their maiden voyage with Foyle’s Punt

Presenter Anne Cassin couldn’t have seemed more enthusiastic

For 25 years it has broadcast competent, ephemeral TV – whether we’re watching or not


‘I don’t want to be elegant,’ complains one of the girls. Nor, admirably, does the show

The cast during rehearsals of Paul Howard’s ‘Copper Face Jacks’ in the Olympia Treatre, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw  Copper Face Jacks: The Musical: Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Review: The gags that sustain the show are the racial differences between jackeens and culchies

Amy Adams as journalist Camille Preaker in ‘Sharp Objects’. Photograph: HBO

Review: This adaptation of ‘Gone Girl’ author Gillian Flynn’s novel is pure American Gothic

Phelim Drew in Joxer Daly Esq  Phelim Drew in Joxer Daly Esq at Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

Joxer Daly gets a solo show and promenade plays in the Botanic Gardens

TV Review: Donegal’s Amybeth McNulty plays the lead in series 2 of the Netflix drama

Denis O’Brien: The Story So Far:  David Murphy’s RTÉ documentary touched on the businessman’s immense philanthropic work rebuilding infrastructure in a battered Haiti. Photograph: Antonio Bolfo/Getty

Review: O’Brien owns a big chunk of the media, and often seems to be suing the rest

A story of three mothers who turn to armed robbery to solve their problems

The Netflix drama starring Christina Hendricks ‘has all the gravity of Barney the Dinosaur’

Writer Sonya Kelly: 'I’ve always been so seduced by beautiful dialogue.' Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Furniture’, Sonya Kelly’s new play for Druid, is a wickedly smart relationship comedy

Ciarán Bermingham and Cora Fenton star in ’Fred and Alice’

Ulysses in the Abbey; Fred and Alice in the Viking Theatre, Clontarf

Sharon: despeartely trying to get her act together

Review: A new multiple-role-play comedy features so many characters it’s a wonder it didn’t think to give one to its protagonist

The Affair: The irrational, compromising, downright delusional qualities of desire will always be riveting to watch

We thought it was over between us, but Sky Atlantic has rekindled its infidelity drama

Chefs Catherine Fulvio, Derry Clarke and Paul Flynn snip at each other constantly, but seem to get on like a Tudor house on fire

The culinary history programme has great ingredients, but they are rarely well served

The Snapper has been brought to the stage. But, with the benefit of hindsight, what can the stage bring to The Snapper?

The Fourth Estate is a reassuring glamorisation of the tough talk of news media.  Everyone is underslept and under pressure. Leads get spiked, sources get protected

Review: This riveting All-the-Presidents-Men-style documentary ultimately plays Trump’s game

Catherine Corless follows the harrowing history of Julia Devaney, confined in Tuam Mother and Baby Home for most of her life.   Photograph:  Reuters/Peter Nicholls

Lavinia Kerwick and Catherine Corless among presenters of RTÉ’s sprawling documentary

This dumping degrades the earth, poisons the groundwater, runs into the river and the sea, causing problems for generations

Review: Our waste management companies are cleaning up, but not in the way they should be

Lauren Coe is excellent as  Emma in  ‘Asking for It’. Photograph: Hugh O’Conor

This gruelling adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s novel is alarming for good reason

“What is fatherhood, exactly? What does it mean to have a son? Why does the word ‘dad’ seem to ruin everything as a prefix, from jokes to rock?”

Paul Simon makes sense to me now and so does my father’s nostalgia. It is something we share

In her wealthy later years, Anne Robinson is surrounded by disappointing feminists

Review: Robinson’s tabloid-style arguments are shallow, contradictory and self-oriented

Tommy Bowe makes for a sincere enquirer, asking retired Irish sports stars about their exits from the field.  Photograph: Inpho/Giuseppe Fama

‘The End Game’, is Tommy Bowe’s candid attempt to come to terms with a rugby life that is over

Germaine Greer: unignorable, still combative and leading the conversation. Photograph: BBC

The feminist academic and writer has been influential and infuriating in equal measure. And so she remains

Lauren Coe as Emma in  Asking For It. Photograph: Hugh O’Conor

An Irish rape case exposes a culture of victim-blaming in the stage adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s novel; repressed desires drive (...)

Selina Cartmell. Photograph: Tom Honan.

The Gate Theatre turned 90 this year. Nobody noticed. Selina Cartmell on a challenging first year in charge

The Begum Aga Khan with Shergar in 1981 after his victory in the Irish Sweeps Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Review: Documentary with a thriller soundtrack, a hushed voiceover, but no new leads

Miles is given a buddy to allow for dialogue

TV Review: In Chilli Palmer’s place we have Miles Daly, Irish enforcer for a Vegas loan shark

In the book, which has now been adapted for the stage, young boys in 1970s Afghanistan fly bright, elegant kites which have been weaponised for attack

Khaled Hosseini’s novel inspired by Taliban’s ban on kite flying is given the stage treatment

Leah from Lucan  could represent Ireland in the Olympics of withering disdain

‘Raised by the Village’ stages an agricultural intervention into the lives of two unruly teens

Mary Murray: magnetic focus

Mary Murray fleshes out several characters, ‘Buridan’s Ass’ battles with a philosophical paradox

Emma Murphy: “You think you know somebody, you know?” she said in her video recorded  after an attack by her partner

‘Emma Murphy Fights Back’ is emotional TV by a survivor of domestic violence

When it began, Gay Byrne’s ‘The Meaning of Life’ looked like a hobby for a veteran broadcaster. He made it compelling TV

RTÉ marks Gay Byrne’s 60 years in broadcasting with highlights from ‘The Meaning of Life’

Seána Kerslake and Nika McGuigan as Aisling and Danielle, ‘Can’t Cope Won’t Cope’ co-dependent stars.

Review: In series 2, the plot grew ever-less-plausible and even Coppers began to feel old

For all its self-awareness, mad gags and sometimes impenetrable idiosyncrasies, ’The Rehearsal’ is one of the most faithful representations of ‘Hamlet’ you could hope to find

Tough choices: audiences get to elect their own prince in Pan Pan’s brilliant alternative take on ‘Hamlet’ at the Abbey; while Ver(...)

Nicole Silverberg and Rachel Wenitsky of Reductress

Zany or dark? Smart or dumb? Gently reassuring or wickedly disturbing? The festival has it all

Infinite non-comedic possibilities: Ed Aczel

Don’t laugh at Edward Aczel’s awkward attempts at comedy – he’s trying not to be funny. But, as his new stand-up show, ‘Is Ed Acze(...)

Prof Ian Robertson and Jennifer O’Connell in ‘Stressed’

Watching this nervy RTÉ documentary, my blood pressure spiked before the ad break

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tobin on RTÉ’s Prime Time debate with Miriam O’Callaghan. Photograph: RTÉ

Prime Time review: A relatively calm affair that worked hard to maintain balance

Manchester: The Night of the Bomb: “I can just beat him,” 15-year-old Eve (left, with her sister, Amilia) says about the suicide bomber. “He doesn’t matter”

This documentary doesn’t need its thriller-movie structure. The human stories amaze

Derren Brown: your mind is not your own

Review: The greatest illusion in this masterful show is the appearance of free will

Transgendered people may be legally recognised but they’re not necessarily understood

Aisling O’Sullivan and Brian Doherty in Annabelle Comyn’s production of ‘The Wake’, by Tom Murphy, at the Abbey Theatre in 2016. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Murphy gave the Irish canon a series of masterpieces. Peter Crawley assesses his drama

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