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Richard Wakely, artistic director and chief executive of the Belfast International Arts Festival

Richard Wakely does not express frustration often. If anything, the artistic director and chief executive of the Belfast International Arts Festival (...)

Burgerz: Travis Alabanza lifts the lid on our potential for empathy, alliance and complicity. Photograph: Dorothea Tuch

BURGERZ Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin ★★★★☆ In Panti’s celebrated noble call speech from the stage of the Abbey Theatre, in 2014, the drag queen and “a(...)

The writer and historian Ulick O’Connor at home in Rathgar  in 2001. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Ulick O’Connor Born: October 12th, 1928 Died: October 7th, 2019 Ulick O’Connor, who has died aged 90, spoke his mind regardless of the cost to othe(...)

Architect Lorcan O’Herlihy: ‘Although I sound American, my soul is Irish.’ Photograph: Colin Lenton

Not too many people would know that Hollywood movie star Dan O’Herlihy was a qualified architect, having taken up acting after getting small roles to (...)

The Alternative:  who will save Ireland, on the eve of an in or out referendum? Photograph: Publicis Dublin

THE ALTERNATIVE Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire ★★★☆☆ If you’ve only ever known one reality, how hard is it to imagine the alternative? That’s the sl(...)

Actor Barry Fitzgerald taken  on the set of John Ford’s film ‘The Quiet Man’ in Co Mayo around 1951. Photograph: The Irish Times

Barry Fitzgerald was a man with a talent for creating conundrums for the good people at the Academy. Not only did he cause an upset by being nominated(...)

Nine Weeks: Kennedy’s performance is composed with love and freighted with grief. Photograph: Seán Kennedy

The Dublin Fringe Festival is in full flight this weekend. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the festival is taking place in venue(...)

Erin McGathy: “Moving here is the thing I’m proudest of in my life.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When Erin McGathy came to Ireland in 2015, she kept a video diary of her time in the country. She recently revisited these short snippets of her life,(...)

This Beautiful Village: Lisa Tierney-Keogh’s comedy recapitulates the salient political talking points of our time within a nostalgic form. Photograph: Pat Redmond

THIS BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE Abbey Theatre, Dublin ★★★☆☆ “We’re not going to bring down the patriarchy tonight,” one member of a south Co Dublin residents’(...)

Amanda Azams aka Osaro. Photograph: Kristina Collender

Relocating Black Jam to The Abbey Theatre feels like a big deal. Hard-rock chapel Fibber Magees was a fine venue for last year’s visceral line-up of A(...)

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