Owen Roe and Charlie Maher in ‘Melt’

Melt Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin  ★★★ “So, what brings you to the end of the world?” asks Owen Rowe’s brusque ecologist, Prof Boylan, recently jo(...)

Pictured at the report's launch were researchers (L-R) Dr Tanya Dean, Dr Brenda Donohue, Dr Ciara O'Dowd and Ciara Murphy. Photograph: Kate Horgan

Women are significantly under-represented across most roles in Irish theatre, and companies that receive the most State support have the worst record (...)

Paul Mallon and Charlotte McCurry in Northern Star. Photograph: Keith Dixon

Northern Star Project Arts Centre ★★★★ Rough Magic interrogates the 1798 rebellion in their production of Stewart Parker’s 1984 play. Parker, writi(...)

From left, Robbie O’Connor and Darragh Kelly; Richard Clements and Eleanor Methven; and Charlotte McCurry and Ali White in Northern Star. Photographs: Keith Dixon

The revolution has not gone according to plan. In the chaos of collapse, one of its leaders wearily considers his legacy while expecting his own exec(...)

From left, Danielle Galligan, Kate Gilmore, Lisa Lambe, Karen McCartney and Sophie Jo Wasson in The Train.  Photograph: Keith Dixon

The Train Project Arts Centre **** When it comes to women’s history, change is hard-fought and slowly won. Over the last 44 years, there have been cou(...)

Actors Karen McCartney, Lisa Lambe and Sophie Jo Wasson re-enact a scene from Train at Connolly station in Dublin

‘We’ll see if any of the actors have northern-sounding accents,” Derrywoman Nell McCafferty says of Rough Magic’s latest venture, The Train. Th(...)

‘The themes are kind of grown-up: love and loss and death and grief and the compromises you make in your life.’ Above, Aislín McGuckin and Raymond Scannell in Famished Castle

‘It’s a comedy. But it’s a really sad comedy,” says Hilary Fannin of her new play, Famished Castle. “The first scene I wrote was about a woman goin(...)

‘This would feel like a more stinging bourgeois critique if Angie and Nat weren’t themselves trading notes on German breakfasts, sharing partridge soup and having a banal affair’

Famished Castle Pavilion Theatre, Dublin **An aging man, under the hard frost of dementia, barely registers anyone around him. A middle-aged mother cu(...)

‘The nuns had chilling accounts of nice devout girlies, children just like us, on their skinny knees, chatting to a weepy virgin, who believed in their devotion so much that she made herself into flesh.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

‘May is the month of Mary, the month we all love so well.” In the big, red-brick convent where I went to school as a child, an establishment fo(...)

Catherine Donnelly: ‘our warrior queen’. Photograph: Tony Higgins

Catherine Sheerin-Donnelly, who has died aged 66 after a short illness, was widely regarded as one of the finest advertising copywriters of her genera(...)