Francis Brennan seems uncharacteristically unsure of himself

In Francis Brennan – All Hands on Deck, the ebullient hotelier has finally gone overboard

Pulling with My Parents: Sophie and Jason with Sophie’s grandmother and mother, and Jason’s mum and dad

Review: RTÉ’s new Pulling with my Parents show recognises just how weird and warped modern dating can be

Sarah Greene and Killian Scott: ‘My head is f**ked from all the raped, dead kids’

Review: A 13-year-old girl is found dead in a suburban wood, in this absorbing new drama

Sopro: Tiago Rodrigues has created a gentle portrait of one theatre, built in nostalgic moments

Dublin Theatre Festival: The backstage view becomes a way of seeing the world in Tiago Rodrigues’ elegant piece of metatheatre

Collection of Lovers: Raquel André gives not so much a performance of love as a parody of it

Dublin Theatre Festival: Raquel André has, to date, gathered together 245 strangers to manufacture and document the illusion of in(...)

Richard Wakely, artistic director and chief executive of the Belfast International Arts Festival

If Brexit deadline holds, Belfast International Arts Festival will begin in the EU and end beyond it

Burgerz: Travis Alabanza lifts the lid on our potential for empathy, alliance and complicity. Photograph: Dorothea Tuch

Dublin Theatre Festival: A wry, wounded Travis Alabanza confronts transphobia

Dr Paul D’Alton with Rachael Keogh on Survivors, Tuesday on RTE One

Review: On RTÉ, Keogh’s compelling story of recovery becomes a moralistic secular sermon

Myles Bonnar uses hidden cameras to expose men who use hidden cameras

Panorama investigates men who seduce women and secretly film their conquests

The  unapologetically violent Darklands is filmed with cinematic flourish and queasy realism

TV review: MMA fighting and gang crime intersect in Virgin Media’s exciting new show

Travis Alabanza in Burgerz

Us/Them and Burgerz take very different approaches to transforming trauma, the first through matter-of-fact playfulness, and the s(...)

Dublin Murders: Killian Scott and Sarah Greene as detectives Rob Riley and Cassie Maddox

Sarah Phelps’s brooding adaptation is politically charged and narratively uncanny

Helen Mirren as Catherine: ‘There are unscrupulous people in Russia. Fortunately I’m one of them’

The ruler of Russia faces her steepest challenge yet: filling the void left by Game of Thrones

Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation: that Tim Crouch compares his fictive strategies to the darkest manipulations of politics seems bleakly grandiose. Photograph: Mihaela Bodlovic

Dublin Theatre Festival: Tim Crouch’s new play compares playwrights to cult leaders and dictators. Are we all on the same page?

Your Words in My Mouth: the show makes us not just consider but also represent a distant stranger’s perspectives

Dublin Theatre Festival: Turning watchers into performers, this unusual show finds a subtle route into theatre’s fundamental aims

Lord Sugar: ‘15 years ago, Brexit sounded like a Kelloggs cereal’

The US show made a hero of Donald Trump. The UK one gave us Katie Hopkins and Alan Sugar

A Love Like That: the play is filled with allusions to myth and legend. Photograph: Brendan Foreman

Dublin Theatre Festival: Billy Roche’s new play turns modest characters into legends in their own lifetimes

Brendan Grace: The documentary he set out to make, before discovering his cancer, is dedicated to people with dementia

Review: Poignant moments act as reminders to appreciate what you have when you can. Grace, ever the professional rascal, seems awa(...)

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster: Nicola Gunn’s performance evokes a fractured society. Photograph: Maria Baranova

Dublin Theatre Festival: Nicola Gunn brings ceaseless motion to a restless meditation

Faultline: this immersive performance is thrillingly immediate. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Dublin Theatre Festival: This absorbing new work remembers a faultline in the early days of Irish gay rights

Hecuba: a compelling staging of the Greek myth. Photograph: Ste Murray

Dublin Theatre Festival: In Marina Carr’s version of Hecuba, the scale of tragedy is made rivetingly intimate

 Jonathan Swift: “He has all these fictive enterprises that sort of masked his own identity.” Painting: Charles Jervas

Conall Morrison’s new play blends 18th-century wit’s biography with his bibliography

The Alternative:  who will save Ireland, on the eve of an in or out referendum? Photograph: Publicis Dublin

Dublin Theatre Festival: In Fishamble’s new production, all of Ireland remains in the UK and now faces a referendum on whether to (...)

Eloïse Stevenson as Pegeen Mike and Michael Shea as Christy Mahon in The Playboy of the Western World. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Dublin Theatre Festival: It seems like a game that has spun out of control, where murder can be applauded if it is told well enoug(...)

A garda at the former Regency Hotel, Dublin following the fatal shooting of David Byrne in February 2016. Photograph: Gareth Chaney, Collins

‘Now we have all these young people fighting over turf,’ a Virgin Media documentary hears

The Beacon: Jane Brennan plays a fascinatingly severe visual artist, Beiv. Photograph: Robbie Jack

Fascinated with ideas of art and ambiguity, Nancy Harris’s play sees long hidden secrets dredged up

Helena McCartan, Margaret Tierney Smith, Anne Lynch and Breege O’Connell on the first episode of Goodbye House

Review: Anne Lynch’s downsizing project was stalled by the realities of the property market

Michel Cohen: A mathematical memory for auction valuations

Review: A fascinating documentary about art dealer Michel Cohen gets its sums wrong

Beckett’s Room:  no performers in this Dead Centre and Gate Theatre co-production. Photograph: Kyle Tunney

Dublin Theatre Festival: Dead Centre’s ambitious new work depicts Beckett’s formative years in Nazi-occupied Paris

Dublin Theatre Festival: How to Win Against History

Whether it’s looking back or casting forward, this year’s event is rooted firmly in the now

Playwright Nancy Harris: Her new play The Beacon opens at the Gate Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

With two new plays opening simultaneously in Dublin and London, the playwright lays bare both a family and a political drama, full(...)

We Are Lightning: the harmony of community spirit feels invincible. Photograph: Pia Johnson

Dublin Fringe Festival: The merged talents of community bands make a defiant and galvanising last stand

‘Well, that didn’t work out, did it?’ Cameron said to colleagues the morning after the Brexit vote. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid,  WPA Pool /Getty Images

‘I thought we had a winning hand,’ the former British prime minister tells the BBC

Kingley’s presence alone tells you most of what you need to know about the plot

Perpetual Grace Ltd belongs to an era of black and white film, voice-overs and artificial dialogue

Collapsible: Essie is the precarious subject in Margaret Perry’s  play. Photograph: Bronwen Sharp/Martha Hegarty

Dublin Fringe Festival: A young woman pursues some sense of self in a troublingly unstable world. Can she hold it together?

It’s Not About Love: the show is most effective when spilling raw and affecting truths. Photograph: Adam Matthews

Dublin Fringe Festival: Inspired by the greatest tragic love story, Megan Riordan creates a considered cabaret show

Nate: a roadie-hirsute man who pulls miniature motorcycle stunts. Photograph: Nick Rasmussen

Dublin Fringe Festival: This roaring figure of bruised machismo isn’t the obvious choice to lead a workshop on sexual consent

Minefield: a dark satire on politics, performance and bad influencers. Photograph: Kyle Cheldon Barnett

Dublin Fringe Festival: Clare Monnelly’s stealthy new play is a story of online shaming and incel revenge attacks

Crime and Punishment: Aaron, one of two prisoners the cameras follow at the dismal HM Prison Winchester

Crime and Punishment looked unflinchingly at prisoners incarcerated with no end date

Irish Food: a palatable piece of dinner theatre. Photograph: Anita Murphy

Dublin Fringe Festival: A palatable tasting menu but the scattered folk memories of Irish cuisine leave you hungry for substance

Looking for Paradise: a metaphysical treasure hunt. Photograph: Clément Martin

Dublin Fringe Festival: This treasure hunt through the heart of the city dares to alter your perception of reality

The Justice Syndicate: human psychology is the only thing beyond reasonable doubt. Photograph: Guy Sanders

Dublin Fringe Festival: Fanshen’s absorbing piece of interactive theatre takes the shape of an emotive court case

Nine Weeks: Kennedy’s performance is composed with love and freighted with grief. Photograph: Seán Kennedy

Dublin Fringe Festival: If human limitations are painfully real in Seán Kennedy’s moving performance, human expression can still b(...)

Sink: dense with detail, the audience is asked to find what’s buried underneath. Photograph: Dean Brannagan

Dublin Fringe Festival: Inspecting an uncannily familiar site, an archeologist finds herself assailed by uncertain memories and in(...)

Powerpoint: Colfer makes breezy gags while sleuthing through evidence. Photograph: Ross Castigan

Dublin Fringe Festival: Comedian, gamer and podcast fan Stephen Colfer tries to solve a modest mystery

Beyond the Menu: Veg king Mark Jennings, of Pilgrim’s, and Mark Moriarty, who was crowned young chef of the year

Review: RTÉ’s new show sends a young chef around the island. Is he eyeing a few crowns?

State of the Union: Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd meet before marriage-counselling sessions to lob sotto-voce criticisms and recriminations over a pint of bitter and a glass of white wine. Photograph: Confession/BBC

Review: O’Dowd and Pike are entertaining despite some stagy material from writer Nick Hornby

Bodies of Water: the life of artist Ira Dean is explored through the flotsam and jetsam of a career. Photograph: Alex Gill

Dublin Fringe Festival: The former assistant and lover of a video artist tries to make sense of a life and career

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: a model of ingenuity through humble means. Photograph: Patricio Cassinoni

Dublin Fringe Festival: The charmingly offbeat adaptation of Gabriel García Márquez brings magic realism to all ages

Admin: Oisín McKenna’s cripplingly self-aware spoken word performance

Dublin Fringe Festival: Adrift in a lonely London, Oisín McKenna tells a story of love and money with irony and insight

David and Nessa fended off the pergola dreams of  Dermot Bannon. Photograph: RTÉ

Review: Even special guest gardener Diarmuid Gavin teased Bannon over his lack of imagination

Sinéad O’Connor performing Nothing Compares 2 U on The Late Late Show on Friday. Photograph: RTÉ

Review: The show doesn’t segue but jackknifes from one thing to another

Anna Shiels-McNamee takes an unusually wry view of the process of going blind.

Two stand out productions from last year’s Dublin Fringe Festival go on tour

Writers and co-directors Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd

As the world that made Samuel Beckett who he was becomes magically apparent, the point of Dead Centre’s unusual approach begins to(...)

This Beautiful Village: Lisa Tierney-Keogh’s comedy recapitulates the salient political talking points of our time within a nostalgic form. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Theatre review: Lisa Tierney-Keogh’s middle-class satire is somewhere between Yasmina Reza and Bernard Farrell


TV review: There’s one magic trick the Keith Barry Experience finds a challenge


Review: The Capture presents a troubling take on anxiety, distrust and ‘deep fake’ videos

Paul Howard and his creation, Ross O’Carroll-Kelly. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In RTÉ’s We Need to Talk about Ross, writer Paul Howard tells how he almost killed RO’CK in 2007

The Examination: at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival

Brokentalkers’ sharp and stealthy new production asks us to examine our prejudices about the roots of crime, and the inhumanities (...)

District 8 nightclub at the Tivoli theatre in Dublin. The theatre has closed after 85 years and is being redeveloped as an aparthotel

Developers are demolishing venues to build hotels, apartments and temples of finance

The contestants in this year’s Great British Bake Off.

Review: Self-referencing contestants add charming colour to show’s reliable format

Daithí Ó Sé dons the kinky boots – all in the name of charity. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

TV review: On day two of the festival the host seemed to be closest to wilting. That was before he got his kinky boots on

Washington DC Rose Molly Eastman  onstage at the Festival Dome with Daithí Ó Sé during  on Monday night. Photograph:   Domnick Walsh

TV review: It’s the 60th anniversary of the pageant, but it seems older, eternal even. At least watching the first show felt that (...)

Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders: a Mack the Knife given subtler edge, beautiful on the outside, hollowed out within

Review: The Irish actor is both compelling and unsettling as the fifth season begins

Locked and loaded: The Roaring Banshees

The Roaring Banshees is a counter-factual history of feminist discontents with the Free State

Helen Norton and Jonathan White in To Hell in a Handbag. Photograph: Ste Murray

Like the Oscar Wilde play that inspired it, To Hell in a Handbag imagines characters spinning complicated, comic fictions that ben(...)

David and Heidi: Octopuses can use tools, recognise faces, hold grudges, and use an iPhone

Review: Divorcee and scientist David Scheel has formed a unique bond with his pet octopus

Ask Too Much of Me: as one housemate explains, with only mild exaggeration, ‘everyone here is gay and vaguely communist’.  Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Veronica Coburn directs the National Youth Theatre in Dylan Coburn Gray’s compelling portrayal of the Repeal generation

Jo-Rosie Haffenden, dog trainer and mind reader

Review: As one of the ‘desperate parents’ to whom this show is pitched, I’ll try anything

Lord Mountbatten’s body is brought ashore at Mullaghmore in August 1979. Photograph: Pacemaker, Belfast

Review: Relatives, friends and others recall the day in 1979 when the IRA killed 22 people

Everybody thinks they know how rugby began. But do they?

Review: RTÉ’s history of the game pulls no punches, tackling colonialism, class war and sexism

‘Can you tell me anything nice now?’ Winslet asks one historian

An exceptionally gloomy Who Do You Think You Are? introduces the actor to her dodgy forebears

Rough Magic and Kilkenny Arts Festival Much Ado About Nothing Maeve Fitzgerald, Margaret McAuliffe, Clare Barrett, Ventia Bowe_Pic John D Kelly

Rough Magic’s outdoor Kilkenny staging imagines a wildly out-of-hand holiday

The Big Chapel X: Niall Boland, Eoin Byrne, Grace Collender, John Rice, Derek Dooley, Stephen Lafford, Kevin Tynan and Sean Bryan on the streets of Callan. Photograph: John D Kelly

This huge adaptation of Thomas Kilroy’s novel is both an impassioned critique and a persuasive illustration of crowd control

John Creedon’s new TV show wanders without obvious purpose. Photograph: Rory Cobbe

Field of lepers? Deceitful strand? Town of thieves? Our ancestors clearly didn’t want visitors

Audience members pictured at Scrapefoot – a walkthrough visual art experience at The Ark, Dublin.  Photograph: Patrick Redmond

When theatre designer Owen Boss began bringing his children to work, it became a test run for a new project at The Ark

The Big Chapel X runs from August 11th to 17th in Callan, Co Kilkenny.Photograph: Evelyn McNamara

Rough Magic brings Much Ado About Nothing to Kilkenny Arts Festival while Asylum Productions visits Callan’s dark history in The B(...)

Irish comedian Aisling Bea plays Áine, the fluently sardonic, kohl-eyed protagonist of This Way Up

Review: Áine’s attraction to the upper-crust Richard is the stuff of standard romcom fantasy

Euphoria is a young person’s idea of the lives of much younger people aimed squarely at an older audience

Review: Sky Atlantic’s new show presents itself as the naked truth of post-millennial America

Equally eruptive: Davy FitzGerald and Michael O’Brien

This elegant documentary followed 11-year-old Michael as he gave Wexford’s hurlers a pre-game pep talk

Waiting for Godot is at Smock Alley theatre until August 10th.

Vladimir and Estragon, Beckett’s two dishevelled survivors, aren’t going anywhere for the summer

Corcadorca: The Sameby Enda Walsh, directed at Galway Airport, Carnmore

Redemption Falls in An Taibhdhearc in Galway, The Same at Galway Airport

These Stupid Things: As the characters’ desire for each other flickers and flares, will their own judgement become clouded by emotion?

These Stupid Things at Smock Alley Theatre and Cleft at O’Donoghue Theatre are his week’s highlights

Queer Eye ... Don’t ever change

None of the transformations is as profound as what the Fab Five do to the English language

None of the eight guests quite know what they’re doing here

Those who gather to celebrate Epiphany aren’t quite sure what it’s all about – can this Joyce-inspired play make it any clearer?

Amy McElhatton (Maggie), Aisling Kearns (Emma), Sile Maguire (Ali) in Asking for It by Louise O’Neill, adapted for the stage by Meadhbh McHugh.Photograph: Jed Niezgoda

Louis O’Neill’s Asking for It is revived for the Gaiety, while Playboy crosses the Border

Eloïse Stevenson as Pegeen Mike and Michael Shea as Christy Mahon in The Playboy of the Western World. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Dublin Theatre Festival productions examine Irish theatre and history from new angles

National Youth Theatre’s Ask Too Much of Me

Ask Too Much of Me addresses faith while Kinky Boots gives drag queens a platform

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) runs until Saturday. Photograph: Steve Tanner

Galway International Arts Festival: However crude the satire, nothing can compete with reality in 2019

The flailing adventures of a struggling actor continue

Review: The Irish actor’s flailing adventures continue in this edgy Channel 4 sitcom

Karl Shiels appeared in RTÉ’s Fair City, and in many stage productions. Photograph: RTE/PA Wire

A passionate advocate for originality, he knew that theatre could be electrifying

‘Why didn’t I marry an ordinary man?’ asks Demelza, who has been Poldark’s charge, his servant, and, not always faithfully, his wife

Review: Over four series, Ross Poldark has become a calmer, wiser, shirtier character

Kneehigh Theatre perform Dead Dog in a Suitcase at Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway, July 16th-20th. Photograph: Steve Tanner

Druid Theatre Company stages Brian Watkins’s new play Epiphany, a serious comedy with Joycean inspiration, Cornwall’s Kneehigh tur(...)

A once-underground industry has become supercharged and mainstream

How ironic: Channel 4 screens a mature documentary on the digital porn revolution

Dublin Youth Theatre’s rehearsals of The Sleepwalkers. Photograph: Aoife Herrity

Inspired by the loss of its home, Dublin Youth Theatre partners with Pan Pan to contemplate youth and adulthood in The Sleepwalker(...)

Isaac (Max Fincham), Sam (Jill Halfpenny) and Manny Mensah (Babou Ceesay). Photographer: Des Willie

In BBC’s new drama, Dark Money, justice is available only to those who can afford it

Ardal O’Hanlon: Brings just the right combination of frivolity and sincerity

Ardal O’Hanlon’s charming history of showbands takes the fun side of Irish life seriously

Bullfight on Third Avenue by Eddie Naughton

A new play imagines the fractious compatibility between Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald, while an old musical makes a come(...)

Irish visit: Melania and Donald Trump leave Air Force One after touching down in Shannon last month. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Review: On one side are the protesters, on the other the good people of Doonbeg

Stranger Things Season 3: Sadie Sink as Max and Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven. Photograph: Netflix

Review: The show’s creators take us to their spiritual home, repackaging the 1980s as they go

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