“I can never tell anyone about this,” says Tara Flynn, with light irony. Instead, she makes a song and dance about it.

Tara Flynn’s splendid one-woman show and Stephen Sondheim’s roll-call of political killers

Nicholas Pound as the Proprietor in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins. Photograph: Agata Stoinska

Musical seems too haunted by JFK’s assassination to be able to properly hold its nerve

Adam Byatt, Aveen Bannon, Pamela Flood, and Ross Golden-Bannon

‘Healthy Appetite’ asks chefs to cook healthily. They should have called it ‘Dinner is Ruined’

Stephen Lawrence, murdered 25 years ago in a racially-motivated attack

The programme is called ‘Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation’. But did it?

North Korea’s principal exports were once minerals, metalwork and arms. These days, it’s slave labour

Building sites in Europe, Russia and China are mass-exploiting workers from North Korea

The precarious overcrowding of 1997 has alleviated, down from almost 800 prisoners then to 650 now.

Back to the Joy: Donald Taylor Black revisits the prison 21 years after his original documentary

Wickedly good: Matilda the Musical at the  Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Like its protagonist, Matilda the Musical is not afraid to be clever, while Beckett’s words are put to music in Gare Saint Lazare’(...)

'Like Alison Spittle, few on her show recognise themselves as ‘culchies’ – there’s always somewhere smaller.'

‘Culchie Club’ Review: If there’s such a place as the real Ireland, this show does not find it

Pan Pan: 'The Importance of Nothing'

Fishamble bring Maz and Bricks, unlikely allies with different views on life, back into the street protests of contemporary Dublin

'National Treasures' presenter John Creedon warmly identifies with several items of bric-a-brac left lying about the place

Review: Everything here tells a story. Just because something has no value, it insists, does not make it worthless

Two lovelorn souls come to an open-mic night looking for an audience, but only one is allowed to find it

Patrick Kielty: “Where there’s peace,” he says, “there’ll always be a wee bit of hope.”  Photograph: BBC

Review: When Patrick Kielty was 16, his father was murdered. He could have sought revenge. Instead, he chose comedy

Kiss Me First: ‘Nothing hurts here. That’s the point.’ Photograph: Channel 4/Axis

Review: To feel or not to feel, that is the question in this Channel 4 and Netflix co-production

Aidan Gillen as comedian Dave Allen in Dave Allen at Peace: while he looks the part, he’s not a atural comic actor

Review: The intentions of this biopic are honourable, but Allen, you feel, would have told it so much better.

Clodagh Mooney Duggan, Katie McCann and Finbarr Doyle in Tryst at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin

An engaged couple get more than they bargained for in Tryst; a Tipperary teenager wrestles with fickle popularity in Test Copy

Sammy Kamara, Madeline Appiah, Idris Elba and Jimmy Akingbola in ‘In the Long Run’. Photograph: Sky

‘In the Long Run’ review: Show based on creator’s childhood is largely 1980s nostalgia

Greg (Christopher Eccleston) and Brenna (Kerri Quinn) in ‘Come Home’

‘Come Home’ review: Engrossing BBC-RTÉ thriller with Christopher Eccleston and a fine cast

Tara Fay offers nuptials in dismal, rainy Ireland. Bruce Russell  other promises vows in exciting, sunny somewhere-else

TV Review: ‘My Big Day: Home or Away?’ pits two wedding-industry pros against one other

Penguins: would you not pay good money to see brought to life the story of two male penguins that met at Central Park Zoo, in New York, and fell in love?

Growing pains, a New York love story, and frazzled first-time parenthood

Emmet Kirwan: 'If people think I am like Jimmy Porter, then I’m in trouble.’ Photograph: Gate Theatre

Late at the Gate review: gifted writer and performer Emmet Kirwan responds to John Osborne’s ‘Look Back in Anger’

Art: Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson in Yasmina Reza’s sly play from 1994, at the Gaiety

Yasmina Reza’s celebrity warhorse returns, while Emmet Kirwan gives a dissenting, rhyming response to ‘Look Back in Anger’

Cillian Murphy stars as Dad in Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Max Porter's acclaimed novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers is being adapted for the stage by Enda Walsh and starring Cillian Mu(...)

Neil Morrissey, Ed Byrne, Debbie McGee, Raphael Rowe, JJ Chalmers, the Rev Kate Bottley and Heather Small. Photograph: Brigid McFall

... If you’re a celeb looking for a gig, it’s an opportunity to be on the telly

The Young Offenders: Connor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy) and Jock O’Keeffe (Chris Walley).  Photograph: Miki Barlok

After this masterpiece, the contagious double act are sure to be repeat offenders

Karen O’Donohue and Michael Kelly compare their  day of harvest to the thrill of Christmas morning

TV Review: A leaden, worthy food show aimed – squarely – at home owners

The Unmanageable Sisters

Cillian Murphy stars in Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Plus: The Unmanageable Sisters at the Abbey and THISISPOPBABY’s mini-St (...)

Eavan Boland reading from her collection In a Time of Violence, at a Guinness Writers’ Lunch in Doheny and Nesbitt’s pub, Dublin, 1994. Photograph: Eric Luke

TV Review: Excellent documentary uncovers the impetus behind Boland’s poems

Aveeen Bannon and Philip Boucher-Hayes in What Are You Eating?

TV Review: ‘What Are You Eating?’ is ultimately antagonistic towards veganism

The Unmanageable Sisters: Graham McLaren favours the pleasures of kitsch over the ache of nostalgia

It’s hard to see what ground Deirdre Kinahan’s new Irish version of Michel Tremblay’s play can break

Nelly begins the series as prime suspect for his daughter’s disappearance, but quickly becomes her seeker

This impressive Sky Atlantic drama mixes detective story with the texture of life

Annabel Bates (Mrs Elvsted) and Lizzy Watts (Hedda) in The National Theatre’s production of Ibsen’s masterpiece Hedda Gabler.

Star director Ivo van Hove’s production provides the power, beauty and excitement that Hedda herself can never find

Bamshad Abedi-Amin (Bill) and Lola Petticrew (Hat) star in Porcelain at the Peacock. Photograph: The Abbey Theatre

Peep, Porcelain and Private Peaceful alliterate the week in theatre

 Eleanor Methven, who won  the special tribute award for 2017, and Emma Jordan, winner of best director, at The Irish Times  theatre awards on  February 25th at the National Concert Hall. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

What do you see? asked the big winner. We’re seeing double and elephants, came the answer

David Olusoga, Mary Beard and Simon Schama. Photograph: BBC

Sometimes, I suspect, he throws in academic jokes to check if his class is paying attention

Andrew Cunanan, Versace’s killer, was a  prostitute, a chameleon and a fantasist

This expertly made, gorgeous-to -look-at new series makes his murderer into a somebody

Neven's Irish Food Trail: Nothing seems to make his mouth water like a successful brand

Declan O’Donnell, Deirdre Whelan and Hugh Wallace

RTÉ judges say they’re seeking personality but seem more impressed by sterility

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Award were announced at a Gala Ceremony  in the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Sunday.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards: Mark Rothko drama ‘Red’ is the big winner

Waiting for Godot again – but this time it’s refreshingly different

Druid’s unmissable Waiting for Godot embarks on national and international tour, while Antarctic adventurer Ernest Shackleton is b(...)

“Whole communities were our enemies, they hated us with a vengeance.” Photograph: BBC

TV Review: Squaddies on the Frontline hears of soldiers’ boredom, public hatred and low morale

Caitríona Ennis as Sarah in Margaret Perry’s Porcelain

A young Irish woman is not feeling herself in Margaret Perry’s debut play for the Abbey, which shadows the tragedy of a woman burn(...)

Dolores O’Riordan with The Cranberries at the Troubadour,  Los Angeles on July 15th, 1993. Photograph:  Donna Santisi/Redferns

Dave Fanning’s interviews reveal a person who understood fame, depression and grief

When Dermot Bannon reveals his plan to resistant Daniel and insistent  Majella O’Donnell, nobody seems pleased

The redesign of the O’Donnells’ house turns into a tussle between the titans of factual TV

Amy McAllister in ‘Scorch’, Stacey Gregg’s award-winning monologue piece. Photograph: Ciaran Bagnall

Stacey Gregg’s award-winning play about a teenager’s fraught search for identity and Grace Dyas’s new play about digging for truth(...)

Everything Sucks! will be on Netflix from Friday

Review: A high-school comedy set in 1996 gets the music right but changes the era’s tune

Andrew (Stephen Mangan) with his actual wife Kim (Heather Graham)

Review: Stephen Mangan’s character used to be indecisive but now he’s not so sure

Kevin, who after two pints runs over a cardboard cut-out of a child, with  instructor

TV Review: The Road Safety Authority is making serious points using silly methods

Brian Doherty as Mike Glavin, Gráinne Good as Sive and Andrea Irvine as Mena in Druid’s production of Sive by John B Keane at the Gaiety Theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

A tragedy born of greedy matchmaking, a hesitant love affair barely whispered from the rooftop, and the situation of two work coll(...)

Chris Walley and Alex Murphy are exquisitely cast as Jock and Conor

Review: The hit Irish film is now a TV series, and its comedy has grown in confidence

New production of Osborne’s drama pulls down curtain on angry young man

Cathy Belton and Aisling O’Sullivan. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Mark O’Rowe’s new drama finds that people are the hardest things to solve

Matt Cooper (usually tieless but wearing one in this publicity shot) and Ivan Yates (vice versa) of the Tonight Show

With a fourth night added, even Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates might not have enough to say

Carmel and Billy Comer, who won £1.1 million in 1994.

Review: A documentary about Lotto winners suggests winning the big prize can cost you

Birds of a feather flock to the theatre this week

Pat Kenny looks haunted by the prospect of a hard border

Review: The first episode of a new series is limited by cliche and predictable politics

Genarro (left, played by Salvatore Esposito) has the gait of a rhinoceros and the hair of a premiership footballer, with his one-time associate Ciro (Marco D’Amore)

Review: The drama’s mafiosi rarely get a flash of personality – too busy killing or being killed

Brian Doherty as Mike Glavin, Grainne Good as Sive and Andrea Irvine as Mena in Druid’s production of Sive by John B Keane at the Gaiety Theatre. Image Ros Kavanagh

As materialism makes a comeback, Druid take another look at Sive and find there’s much left to discover

Alan Mahon and Josh Williams in If I Had Some More Cocaine I Could Show You I Love You. Photograph: Keith Dixon

Two young men get higher than they’ve ever been in John O’Donovan’s new play and wonder about how to come down

John Osborne: angry young man

John Osborne’s aggressive scourge Jimmy Porter is about to appear in the Gate

Look back in Anger opens at the Gate on February 1st

Osborne’s ‘Look back in Anger’ returns to the Gate, and a new work from Mark O’Rowe

Joanne McNally: never raises the subject of abortion, as though she doesn’t want to take on that responsibility

Comedian Joanne McNally is ‘80% certain’ that she doesn’t want to have children

RTÉ’s ‘One Day: How Ireland Eats’ was  a real and revealing portrait of a nation

We spend €20m a day on snacks, serve 3m portions of chicken, drink 15m cups of tea

Compromised superintendent Kevin Dunne played by Conor Mullen

Review: It would be a shame to wind down this expertly made, well written garda drama

Stephen Jones and Sarah Morris in Class by Iseult Golden and David Horan. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

A Dublin Theatre Festival hit transfers to the Abbeywhile a young company sees if there’s new life in the Dublin monologue form

The second in a suite of three EPs from Glasgow’s elder statesmen of indie pop meanders between propulsive psychedelia and relentl(...)

Set against the Roman conquest of Britain, Britannia depicts warring, face-painted Celtic tribes in thrall to otherworldly druids, while Roman forces play politics. Photograph: Sky

At a time when Britain’s identity is in crisis, Britannia belatedly attempts to construct one

Lisa Tchenguiz, an Iranian heiress in her early 50s, to whom the years have been obsequiously kind, if love, alas, has not.

Review: These two jaw-dropping break-up stories would really be better off apart

Archie Panjabi as Mona Shirani and Jack Davenport as Guy Harcourt in Next of Kin

The series’ strengths are its characters, its realism and its jagged street geography

George Lee is never one to knowingly accentuate the positive, but that doesn’t mean he’s wrong

Making dire forecasts about Brexit and agribusiness, George Lee is in his element

If We Got More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You at Project Arts Centre. Photograph: Claudia Marinaro

From the giddy highs to the worrying lows, or a rooftop to a grave, this week's theatre highlights span the course of a lifetime.

'Irish Times' Irish Theatre Awards: judges Catriona Crowe, Ella Daly and Paula Shields. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

After a year of crisis and new beginnings, the awards lay down a marker

Derry Girls. When you’re a teenager living in the shadow of the Troubles, life still goes on. Photograph: Channel 4

‘Derry Girls’ is a zippy comedy whose teen stars have bigger troubles than the Troubles

Jonathan Rhys Meyers: a particularly appropriate acquisition for the Irish-Canadian show’s fifth series

I know what happens next. They kidnap the Irish, send them to Iceland and create Bjork

Leigh might have been happier dating a mirror.

The show’s real magic is when a date turns into mutual loathing

Despite the brooding tone of Striking Out, its real identity is utterly weightless

The law drama is so style-conscious it often resembles an advertisement for itself

The Friday Night Effect, by Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan,  will be performed as part of First Fortnight festival. Photograph: Hildegard Ryan

Festival promoting mental health awareness returns with performances of comedy, audience interaction and survival

David Norris in one of the reception rooms of his restored Georgian home. Norris was the winner of Celebrity Home of the Year 2017. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Judging people’s homes has long been a national pastime – add a whiff of celebrity and judges lose the run of themselves

David Walliams, Jennifer Saunders and Tom Courtenay in Grandpa’s Great Escape. Photograph: BBC

David Walliam’s children’s story works like a memory game through the eyes of Generation X

 James Norton as Alex Godman in the BBC drama, McMafia. Photograph: Nick Wall/BBC/PA Wire

Lavishly-made crime thriller takes in political intrigue, high finance and human trafficking

The Young Offenders

Ring out (or recommission) the old; ring in the new: here’s what to stay tuned for in the new year

Now that many of its worries have come to pass – politics overrun by sniggering populism, invasive surveillance run amok, citizens ranked by social media – how is Black Mirror supposed to keep up?

Now that some of its more fearful prophecies have come to pass, an uneven new series suggests ways to fight back

Audience participation might horrify some, but at Christmas we call it pantomime. Beauty and the Beast, Everyman Theatre, Cork. Photograph: Miki Barlok

Some nicknames stick forever, just ask the stars of this week’s stage. Remember to wash your hands though

Eli and Oscar in ‘Let the Right One In’

In this weeks’s theatre, a frightful creature becomes a useful friend, an old fable is laced up to fit new times, and one eccentri(...)

Pray for Baz

Can Baz Ashmawy blag his way into the pope’s inner circle?

U2 at Abbey Road, never getting old, always the same. Photograph: Guy Levy

U2 try to seem humble in this interview featuring the modest travel habits of Everybono

Mickey (Mark Gatiss), Pauline (Steve Pemberton), and Ross (Reece Shearsmith) in 'The League of Gentlemen'. Photograph: James Stack/BBC

As Royston Vasey slips off the map, the country around it is sliding into nowhere

Tunnel: Vengeance (Sky Atlantic, Thursday, 9pm), which, with similarly potent symbolism, will be the third and last series of the Franco-British collaboration.

Can we trace the current fracture in international relations right back to a single television show?

Alison Spittle’s breakout RTÉ comedy “Nowhere Fast”.

Voters and Ticket critics come together in a revealingly sloshy meeting of minds

Rapunzel in the Gaiety includes seasoned panto dame Joe Conlan and fresh-faced Ciara Lyons in the title role

It’s a time for hardy endurance and miraculous returns this week

Piers Morgan makes a  hideous, supercilious self-justification for the  base exploitation of his interview with Mark Riebe

In an interview conducted between a suspected serial killer and a suspected journalist neither comes out well

Dermot Bannon

TV Review: The architect's trip to New York seems to go straight to his head

“I know people who eat this stuff,” Clarkson  says bitterly over a piece of lettuce. “They’re called women”

Clarkson is jowlier, May is puffier, and Hammond looks clenched and constipated

Matt Smith as  Philip and Claire Foy as  Elizabeth in The Crown

In a regally absorbing new series queen Elizabeth II prepares to spend the rest of her life on television

The Red Shoes entertains the fairytale and still dances away from it. Photograph: Ste Murray  

In the Gate’s dark Christmas spectacle, a bold retelling tries on an old fairytale for size

There are countless versions of Cinderella, stretching back to the earliest reaches of civilisation.

Remembering ‘The Simpsons’ as a dark comedy with serious heft, keeping a seasonal Dickens classic warm with cheer, and recalling C(...)

Gabriel Byrne and Ralph Fiennes in ‘My Astonishing Self’

In ‘My Astonishing Self’, the actor follows shyly in Shaw’s footsteps. But what draws GB to GBS?

Nuance is not Charlie Bird’s strong point in his latest TV outing.

TV Review: RTÉ’s retired reporter brings a blunt approach to historical stories

There are enough bright ideas and creative talent in Mr Burns to keep the lights flaring

Anne Washburn’s wackily serious play imagines the survivors of a nuclear holocaust struggling to remember Simpsons episodes by the(...)

This charmingly vintage world becomes swiftly populated with amusingly quirky characters through gleefully imaginative episodes

Theatre Lovett have created a delightful comedy about loss and self-reliance

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