Lorcan Cranitch (right) and playwright Rory Gleeson. Gleeson’s new play ‘Blood in the Dirt’ will premiere at The New Theatre, Temple Bar, starring Lorcan Cranitch.Photograph by Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

The explosion bursts directly overhead and sparks scatter across the thin roof of the rehearsal room. Lorcan Cranitch, bundled inside a coat and scarf(...)

Cillian Murphy in ‘Grief Is the Thing with Feathers’

Shortly after Grief Is the Thing With Feathers premiered, a crow moved in across the way from Jamie Vartan’s London house. “We could see him drinking (...)

Lauren Coe is excellent as  Emma in  ‘Asking for It’. Photograph: Hugh O’Conor

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Hugh O’Conor in Arlington [a love story], a new play by Enda Walsh.  Photograph:   Patrick Redmond

The most banal question you could ask about Enda Walsh’s latest play also happens to be the one with which it seems most concerned: what’s it all abo(...)

In Howie the Rookie, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor isn’t playing two parts; the brilliance of his performance is that he’s playing every part. Like the speaker of an epic poem, he is the sole figure that unites everything

Howie The Rookie Project Arts Centre, Dublin ****Nobody in Mark O’Rowe’s feverishly imagined Dublin underworld – where honour, revenge and brotherhood(...)

A few days ago in Dublin, an actor lost his job. That might not count as major news, but for the operation in question it represented a 50 per (...)

Howie/Rookie: Tom Vaughan Lawlor

A few days ago in Dublin, an actor lost his job. That might not count as major news, but for the operation in question it represented a 50 per (...)