As the country emerged in a somewhat uplifted mood after the commemoration of 1916, you couldn’t but be struck by the analogies between the two Irelands, of Then and Now. Illustration: Paul Scott

Our national poet WB Yeats said that every Irish writer had a decision to take: whether to express Ireland or exploit it. In his day, the choice lay b(...)

They Called Her Vivaldi

Josephine K and the Algorithms Abbey Theatre, Peacock Stage. Oct 21 8pm €16-€25 abbeytheatre.ie “Someone must have been spreading lies about Josephi(...)

Donal Gallery (Policeman) and David Pearse (Leopold Bloom) in James Joyce’s Ulysses, adapted by Dermot Bolger, at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Ulysses Abbey Theatre, Dublin         ★★★ Tucked up in bed with an unsatisfying book, Molly Bloom has trouble(...)

Ruth McGowan with Kris Nelson. She will replace Nelson as head of Dublin Fringe Festival in November

Dublin Fringe Festival has announced that its new director is Ruth McGowan. McGowan will take up the role at the end of November. She replaces Kris (...)

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, (...)

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor  during a press previews for Maze at The Movie House cinema in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor is awfully chipper for a man who got up 5am to catch a flight to Dublin. “My son just about woke up to ask me where I was going,” s(...)

Tomboy Survivial Guide

Tomboy Survival Guide Abbey Theatre, Peacock Stage ★★★★ Tomboy Survival Guide is deeply personal. It’s about Canadian trans activist Ivan Coyote’s (...)

Birdy’s quest for a diva saviour at the Peacock

Deadline! The Dublin Correspondænt. Ends Sep 24, 7.30pm, €12-14, fringefest.com Conor O’Toole is a disarming and encouraging editor to work for at T(...)

Birdy Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre Runs until Saturday, September 23rd ★★★★ When the tyrannical President Liz bans music throughout the land, it fal(...)

Performances of Trophy are free but ticketed

Trophy Barnardo Square, Dame Street September 9th-11th, 3pm & 7pm Lives can change in an instant, for good or bad, pivoting on a bit of luck or j(...)