Theatre for One: Eileen Walsh in Bait, by Louise Lowe. Photograph: Jed Niezgoda/

Review: Theatre for One’s six microplays are bracing, intimate-as-a-whisper performances

Boris Johnson speaks during a Conservative Leadership televised debate hosted by  Emily Maitlis for the BBC. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC via Getty Images

Leadership debate TV review: In a wily tactic, Johnson pretended he wasn’t a politician at all

Job done:  PJ Gallagher and Jennifer Byrne and Michal Dachowski of Woodie’s

Review: The new show is a feat of cost-effective execution

Fionn Foley as Brendan Galileo

Fionn Foley’s solo show Brendan Galileo for Europe onstage ahead of fringe outings

The Brigade commemorates Tom Barry and his legendary 3rd West Cork Flying Column

Review: A TV show based on the War of Independence feels too close to current realities

‘I do really, really want to believe in something,’ says Oliver Callen

Review: The comedian’s search for meaning in post-Catholic Ireland doesn’t rock the boat

Mick Flannery: His 2005 concept album Evening Train,  about small-town gamblers and strivers, has  been made into a musical.

The characters in Ursula Rani Sarma’s first musical, a collaboration with the Cork singer-songwriter called Evening Train, yearn t(...)

Maureen Sweeney (as she is now) is 96 and sharp as a tack

Her forecast of clement weather on June 6th 1944 helped to secure victory for the Allies

The friendship between Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Anthony Mackie is measured out in violent video games

Review: The first of three new episodes in Charlie Brooker’s series is by far the strongest

Dublin scientist Yewande bonds with Mike over a shared love of biomedical science. Of course

I now have a favourite couple: biomedical scientists Yewande, from Dublin, and Mike

Shear nostalgia: Simon Delaney in The Snapper

Roddy Doyle’s stage version of his Barrytown novel gets a few minor millennial tweaks

Citysong: Whatever your stage in life, wherever your home, you are reflected in Dylan Coburn Gray’s careful map. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Dylan Coburn Gray’s play for voices builds up a huge picture through small details

Garth Brooks in Croke Park in January 2014, to announce two concerts that would never take place. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Outdoor licences are as precarious as ever, and we still pay for a promise that can be broken

A scene from ‘Baoite’

Environmental activism and musicals are featured in the best productions of the week

At one point, football found itself in the curious position of fielding two teams called Ireland

Is there any healing the century-long fracture in Irish soccer? asks an RTÉ documentary

Prime Time Election Debate moderator David McCullagh

Prime Time Election Debate: Too little discussion of Europe, too much of Peter Casey

Dany, who wanted the throne too much, and Jon, who wanted it not at all

As with The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars or the King James Bible, you could lose yourself in it

Director Caitríona McLaughlin and writer Dylan Coburn Gray: ‘I’m always struck by how many people say the city comes through in the play,’ says Coburn Gray. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The past is always present in the award-winning new play by Dylan Coburn Gray. Told in verse, it’s like a record of the modern cit(...)

Baoite: Eoin Ó Dubhghaill and Diarmuid De Faoite in Darach Mac Con Iomaire’s play

A fracking vessel that threatens a fishing community becomes a potent metaphor

Daenerys congratulates her unruly Dothraki cavalry and her forever ruly Unsullied infantry

If you thought it would be a universally satisfying final episode you haven’t been paying attention


Dylan Coburn Gray’s Citysong, and Ann Blake’s Morning After the Life Before

Joe’s unresolved memories bubble to the surface in grainy shots of 1980s Ireland

Review: A startling drama from the director of This is England has a shadowy Irish storyline

Much of the show is taken up with her seeking confirmation of her own youth

How to Live Better for Longer review: This public health message is hard to take seriously

Game of Thrones: Daenerys Targaryen, now Mother of Dragon (singular). Photograph: Helen Sloan/HBO

Review: Some of the show’s subtlest characters – and biggest overactors – spoke their last lines

Louis Theroux may be sympathetic, but he is a film-maker, not a mental health professional

The documentary maker’s mansplaining on postnatal depression is clumsy and unethical

The Glass Menagerie

The revival of Tennessee Williams’s 1944 family drama The Glass Menagerie seems smaller than life, but Abbie Spallen’s 2006 monolo(...)

The Society: Lord of the Flies overtones

Review: It addresses hot topics – rape culture, gun violence – without being heavy-handed

“Annoyed but calm, the plant’s deputy chief Anatoly Dyatlov (Paul Ritter) orders that water be used to quench the reactor core. The problem, as his subordinates try to explain, is that there is no reactor core. It has exploded.”

Review: Under Johan Renck’s direction, these scenes are as grim as the architecture, brutal and unforgiving

Daenerys: Can’t resist a trap

Review: The mood in Winterfell after the victory over the dead is sombre and suspicious

Tommy Tiernan shows up unprepared. The effect is electric

Review: It’s a gentle but insightful interview with McGrath – a vulnerable, wounded figure

The Glass Menagerie, directed at the Gate Theatre in Dublin by Tom Cairns

The Gate’s staging tones down the wilder curlicues of Tennessee Williams’s play

Trad: Clare Barrett, Emmet Kirwan and Seamus O’Rourke in Aaron Monaghan’s production at the Abbey

Livin’ Dred seems dutiful to rather than inspired by Mark Doherty’s comic look at stifling tradition

TheatreClub: It Was Easy (in the End) at the Abbey Theatre

Slavoj Zizek said it is easier to imagine the end of the world than of capitalism. It’s often easier to imagine the end of capital(...)

One of the horrors of the episode is to see the resurrecting powers of the Night King

Review: The extraordinary extended battle between living and dead was a masterpiece

Louth farmer Jimmy Byrne with Baz Ashmawy

In the first episode of Wingman, his new series, Baz stages a play with a lonely farmer

Mary Black, contestant and presenter

We learn more than whether The Green Fields of France is better than On Raglan Road

Emmet Kirwan stars in the revival of Mark Doherty’s 2004 play; Tintown explores how idealism can be corrupted by thirst for blood (...)

Game of Thrones: the army of the dead approaching. Photograph: HBO

Review: Forgiving and flirting in Winterfell – and ready to fight to the end, which may be imminent

Ulster American: An escalating farce.

Dublin plays host to Ulster American in the Abbey and Spotless in Smock Alley

Seeing is believing... Alessandro Nivola as Lee Berger. Photograph: C4/Playground

Review: Lucy Kirkwood’s miniseries is an artful exploration of the difference between image and meaning

That they meet is a matter of convenience, but the two women will soon have something unsettling in common

In Gary Duggan’s play everyone has a partner in this world, whether known or not

In Our Veins: Exhaustively told, but given charming performances and admirably quick motion. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Lee Coffey brings a century of working-class Dublin to life through one dock worker

The Borrowers: a frugal affair

In RTÉ’s new programme about credit unions, we get a rare thing: a series of loans with very little interest

Game of Thrones: setting up for the endgame. Photograph: HBO

The first episode of the final series of Game of Thrones concentrates on matters of survival

Marty Rea and Eileen Walsh in Beginning. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Dublin Will Show You How is a grim portrait of despair; Beginning is a tale of connecting

Sandra Oh in Killing Eve.  Photograph: Aimee Spinks

The multi-Bafta-nominated show brings creeping moral unease to its bad romance

Photograph: Mihaela Bodlovic

The trouble with polemicists, in David Ireland’s satire, is that they might mean what they say

‘Derry Girls’

In the season finale, Lisa McGee’s girls once again turn their backs on history

Fleabag: Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the final episode. Photograph: Luke Varley/Two Brothers/BBC

Fleabag series 2 review: Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s masterly series caught us in a warped relationship

Actor Barry McGovern:  he  long resisted the label of “Beckettian actor”, but over the years  has stopped protesting. “Now I just accept it graciously”

Barry McGovern’s solo-show adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s Watt is returning to the stage

For comic effect Francis Brennan dons some Asian-themed headgear

TV review: The fastidious hoteliers do their best amid glum huts, concrete slabs and scrap metal

War Horse is at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin from April 10th to 27th

The acclaimed production is back in Dublin; plus: Stones in His Pockets is revived again

Dublin Will Show You How: the play’s existence is a more positive outcome of collaboration than anything it depicts

Tracy Martin’s play, based on real women’s experiences, can arouse pity, resistance, anger or a numb sense of helplessness

Beginning, at the Gate Theatre in Dublin: Marty Rea and Eileen Walsh. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Eileen Walsh and Marty Rea give exquisite performances in David Eldridge’s play

Abandoned just before broadcast by Jennie, Partridge steered the ship straight onto the rocks

Series review: Alan Partridge, the new Emperor of England, knows he’s naked

The competing playwrights with Gavin Kostick and Jim Culleton of Fishamble at the start of the A Play For Ireland process. Photograph: Photocall Ireland

The Alternative wins Fishamble’s project, which seeks to buck trend for shorter productions

One of Kinvara’s “Traught mermaids”  in Vitamin Sea

Review: The swimmers in this drifting RTÉ documentary find peace while all at sea

Vicky McClure, Martin Compson and Adrian Dunbar

Is its maker Jed Mercurio spending too much time on his other show, Bodyguard?

The seasoned GAA pundit Marty Morrissey and the comedian Bernard O’Shea just can’t get enough of each other

Review: This buddy-comedy-meets-makeover-show eventually takes the joke too far

Aaron Monaghan, Garrett Lombard, John Olohan and Jane Brennan in Druid Theatre’s  Richard III. Photograph:  Robbie Jack

Peter Crawley’s analysis: It was a big year for villainy as Richard III took top honours

Table talk: Druid Theatre’s Furniture

Sonya Kelly’s wonderfully funny Furniture on tour; John Connors considers Ireland’s Call

In the absence of Attenborough’s godly authority, they’ve gone for a ‘cooing-tourist’ presenter style

The Miami Showband, killed in 1975. From left: Stephen Travers, Tony Geraghty, Ray Millar, Brian McCoy, Fran O’Toole, Des Lee

In the absence of transparent answers, intricate theories become very seductive

Actor Owen Roe winner of the Special Tribute Award at the 22nd Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The actor will be honoured at this year's Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards

Beg, steal or borrow? Clare Monnelly in Charlie’s a Clepto

In Clare Monnelly’s debut play, a misspelling spins her protagonist into a life of petty crime, but it’s the play’s subtle borrowi(...)

Amateur film-makers Emma, Anita, Sarah and Sarah-Louise

Channel 4 – who else? – asks concerned parents to make porn they can be proud of

Serial killers Rosemary and Fred West

‘House of Horrors’ show investigates how killers went undetected despite alarm bells

Charlie’s a Clepto: Clare Monnelly populates a north Dublin neighbourhood with a gallery of distinctive characters

Clare Monnelly pivots through a range of characters in this revival of her artful debut

Clare Dunne, already an accomplished actor, is now making another mark as a writer.

Clare Dunne’s exuberant debut, and a challenging moral puzzle at the Gate

Ricky Gervais in After LIfe: slovenly, hard-drinking and misanthropic

Review: His character dabbles in heroin, befriends sex workers and assists a suicide

‘Loneliness pays,’ Phoebe Waller-Bridge shrugs

Review: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Coleman, Fiona Shaw and Andrew Scott shine

Dearbhail McDonald hosts Fertility Shock

TV Review: The programme veers from global economics to the presenter’s frozen eggs

The Country Girls runs in the Abbey Theatre until April 6th. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Abbey Theatre stages O’Brien’s subversive classic as a much safer journey and Blue Raincoat re-re-imagines adventures in Wonderlan(...)

Michael Jackson leaves the Santa Barbara County courthouse on June 3rd, 2005. Photograph:  Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Part 2 of the unflinching documentary is a reckoning for Jackson’s fans and defenders

The Children: Seán McGinley, Marie Mullen and Ger Ryan. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Seán McGinley, Marie Mullen and Ger Ryan dazzle in Lucy Kirkwood’s play

Leaving Neverland: Wade Robson said Michael Jackson was one of the ‘most gentle, loving, caring people’ he knew

Channel 4 documentary is a gruelling watch dismantling the aura the singer created

James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), Erin Quinn (Saoirse Jackson), Orla McCool (Louisa Harland), Clare Devlin (NIcola Coughlan)

Review: The Channel 4 comedy gives its characters a normal life in difficult times

Barman Chris McCaffrey

Review: ‘A hard border wouldn’t upset me,’ says one contributor to RTÉ’s Bordering on Brexit

The Examination: Willie White in Brokentalkers’  politically sly and artfully provocative piece

The irreverent company’s absorbing production interrogates the Irish Prison Service

Louis Theroux really knows how to pick them

A documentary about consent on US campuses is too sensationalist to teach us anything

Peat: Curtis-Lee Ashqar and Kwaku Fortune in Kate Heffernan’s play. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Two boys dig up more than anyone bargained for in Kate Heffernan’s subtle play

The Examination draws from real testimonies from current and former prisoners

A witty play about weighty matters; and a prison drama drawn from real life

The Country Girls. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

The Abbey’s new take makes Edna O’Brien’s novel safe for any syllabus

Peter Andre is among the vaguely recognisable figures who come together to binge on carbs and trans fats for three weeks

Peter Andre and friends go on an overfeeding diet in the interests of ratings – I mean, science

Your opinion on Child Genius is likely to be much the same as your response to seeing an 11-year-old in a bowtie: it’s either cute or oddly sinister

Channel 4 spends as much time scrutinising the children’s families as it does testing intellects

Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge with  co-host Jennie played by Susannah Fielding on This Time with Alan Partridge. Photograph: BBC/Baby Cow/Colin Hutton

‘Guess who’s back in the big time?’ he gloats in hilarious first episode of new show

Hamnet, Dead Centre’s brilliant co-production with the Abbey

Meet Shakespeare’s lost son at the Project, and don’t be late for your own funeral in Cork

The new Netflix show sends one person on five identically structured dates

Cyclists versus the motorists: RTÉ’s Now You See Me is about achieving better visibility, from both perspectives.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Review: In RTÉ’s new road safety magazine show, do cyclists or motorists have to give an inch?

The Umbrella Academy: mixed-up superheroes

Review: The Netflix show is too mature for kids and too juvenile for grown ups

Death quickly becomes an inconvenience in Russian Doll. Photograph: Netflix

With echoes of Groundhog Day, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland’s sublime comedy is anyting but ordinary

Tommy died suddenly nine days later after leaving the Midlands Prison

Jail is meant to be rehabilitative, but this is nobody’s idea of a recovery programme

Glasgow Girls: it could be unbearably earnest were it not for the Glaswegian duty to be gruffly unsentimental

In this galvanising take on a true story about Scottish teenagers who stood up for an asylum-seeking friend, you have to park your(...)

‘I honestly don’t get it,’ Kahlifa says when asked to wear a flowing, form-concealing garment

Basma Kahlifa’s personal documentary for BBC starts slowly and ends in a panicked exit

Heather: Dermot Magennis and Aenne Barr in Thomas Eccleshare’s two-hander

A timely production of Thomas Eccleshare’s two-hander tries to separate an author’s successful fiction from the writer’s darker un(...)

The documentary concentrates on the years between 1965, when David Jones reinvented himself as David Bowie, and 1972, when David Bowie reinvented himself as Ziggy Stardust.

Review: ‘Finding Fame’ doc says Bowie spent his life trying to win his mother’s approval

Catherine Walsh as Kate and Norma Sheahan as Eileen in the Gaiety Theatre’s major new production ofMartin McDonagh s The Cripple of Inishmaan.  Photograph: Pat Redmond

Martin McDonagh’s scabrous comedy at the Gaiety; stirring Glasgow Girls musical at the Abbey is timely for more than one reason

Political run: Leo Varadkar jogging with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in Phoenix Park, in Dublin, in 2017. Photograph: Leo Varadkar/Twitter

Review: The Taoiseach takes a metabolic age test, but questions the science behind the result

Training Teachers to Kill: ‘Are we the good people?’

The documentary ‘Training Teachers to Kill’ deftly probes a vexed issue for US schools

Young IRA men during the Irish War of Independence

Review: RTÉ’s War of Independence documentary tells us who we are, and who we were

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