When 2010 opened its bleary eyes, in the teeth of the last recession, it took our towns and cities a little while to catch up. People hang on, spend t(...)

 Rex Ryan in  The Ridleys, at the Peacock Theatre. Photograph:  Ste Murray

It was a dramatic year for theatre, bookended by two moments of crisis. The first played out in the full glare of public attention. The other, which i(...)

Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird at  rehearsal: “I’m sort of the everyman.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird is digging a grave on a special earth-filled platform in Wesley House off Dublin’s Leeson Street. Standing near h(...)

Theatre for One: Eileen Walsh in Bait, by Louise Lowe. Photograph: Jed Niezgoda/venividi.ie

THEATRE FOR ONE Outside Cork Opera House ★★★★★ Annie Ryan of Corn Exchange once described her Car Show, which played to no more than three passengers(...)

 Irish playwrights Emmet Kirwan, Marina Carr, Enda Walsh and Stacey Gregg promote  Theatre For One, which is running as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival. Photograph: Clare Keogh

It’s dim, dressingroom lights surround the frame, and the aesthetic is theatrical red velvet. I’m alone in the single seat, hands on armrests. A scree(...)

Evening Train: its song are given beautifully graduated renderings by Kate Stanley Brennan, Ger Kelly, Ian Lloyd Anderson and Deirdre Donnelly. Photograph: Bríd O’Donovan

EVENING TRAIN Everyman, Cork ★★★★☆ The initial impression you get from Evening Train is that Jacques Brel is alive and well and living in west Cork. (...)

What are we like back there in The Stalls? Picture: Miki Barlok

THE STALLS Cork Opera House ★★★★★ The Cork Midsummer Festival promise of The Stalls is to present what theatre-goers never see: our watching selves.(...)

Johan Wellton at the Street Performance World Championship, during the Cork Midsummer Festival in 2018. File photograph: Clare Keogh/Provision

Cork Midsummer Festival Cork City, June 13th-23rd; corkmidsummer.com The Rebel County's family-friendly festival takes place in venues all o(...)

La Cocina Pública makes its Irish debut at the Cork Midsummer Festival

The Irish premiere of La Cocina Pública (The Public Kitchen) takes place at the Cork Midsummer Festival (June 13th-23rd). Housed in a shipping contain(...)

Castlecomer Discovery Park, in Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

GET BACK TO NATURE Dublin City Farm St Anne’s Park, Raheny; free; dublincityfarm.com Dublin County Council’s first urban farm has only been open(...)

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