Karan Casey: I Walked into My Head was part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival at the Watergate Theatre. Photograph: Ste Murray

Spare a thought for the brave opera-lovers who staunchly sat through Irish National Opera’s rain-swept but powerful production of Richard Strauss’s El(...)

Karan Casey’s I Walked into My Head, presented by Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photograph: Ste Murray

Who’d have thought, a year ago, that we’d now be in the midst of a second round of annual arts festivals severely restricted by Covid. There was a qui(...)

Giselle Allen and Máire Flavin in Elektra. Photograph: SteMurray

ELEKTRA The Castle Yard, Kilkenny ★★★★☆ Her father was hacked to death with a hatchet. He was taking a bath. After that, her life had followed a sing(...)

Giselle Allen as Elektra. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

The Belfast soprano on music, acting and her career route to Strauss’s angry, angular role The Elektra in Richard Strauss’s 1909 opera is a woma(...)

Sibéal Davitt, a sean-nós dancer, choreographer, bilingual broadcaster and beauty queen, stages her first Dublin Fringe show, Minseach, in September. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Away from the fractious debate over reopening indoor hospitality, arts venues and festivals are pushing ahead with ambitious plans of their own, despi(...)

‘Green Party leader Eamon Ryan had to execute an inelegant swerve after telling RTÉ that vaccine passes were a bad idea for reasons of social cohesion.’ Photograph: Getty Images

At this stage of the pandemic we know certain things about the Irish approach to the challenge: it’s at the more conservative end of the spectrum; it (...)

Olga Barry, director of Kilkenny Arts Festival, says: ‘Sometimes it’s only by keeping trying that you unlock the possibilities.’

One of the great beauties of Ireland’s summer arts festivals has always been the element of random chance. You go to see one thing, and find yourself (...)

Growhouse by Marie Brett, part of a multisensory installation at Cork Midsummer Festival. Photograph: Jed Niezgoda

I had thought I would feel more joy, but maybe anxiety should come as no surprise. As arts producers and theatre makers across the country return to l(...)

Still from Incoming #35, 2014-17© Richard Mosse. Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery and carlier|gebauer

Richard Mosse reminds me of a world I had almost forgotten. After a false start and a reschedule or two, we make contact on a Friday evening. The Iris(...)

On the 250th anniversary of his birth, what does Beethoven mean to people?

“Virginia Woolf wanted to be buried to it” Marina Carr, prolific and award-winning Irish playwright My favourite work is the Cavatina from String Quar(...)

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