Doris Day as Calamity Jane. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

I have a tense relationship with musicals. Their jollity is a bit unsettling, like a visit from your country cousins who drink pints of milk with l(...)

 A scene from the Berlin Schaubuhne theatre production of Hamlet directed by Thomas Ostermeier which opened at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre last night as part of the 2014 Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Fingal Film Festival This year’s Fingal Film Festival hosts more than 60 films and innovative workshops, running until tomorrow. Events will be(...)

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre at Grand Canal Dock. Photograph: Alan Betson

The first thing to grasp about the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, the premium arts venue in Ireland that is now being offered for sale by Nama for just (...)

Gareth Bailey and Roseanna Frascona as Johnny Castle and Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman in ‘Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage’. Photograph: Chris Nash

Dance is “one of the only pure languages”, if the late Patrick Swayze was to be believed. On stage – “without the luxury or hindrance of words” – t(...)

HairsprayBord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin ****The word “teenager” gained popular currency in the US in the post-second World War period. It seems no a(...)