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MOVIES AND TV By Donald Clarke Alison Oliver Alison Oliver Actor “Alison’s audition tape was a revelation,” director Lenny Abrahamson(...)

Agnes O'Casey: ‘It’s so rare and lucky to be able to hear your great-grandad’s thoughts and feelings. I feel like I have a relationship with him.’ Photograph: Pip Bourdillon

Agnes O’Casey looks like she is going to be a star. And in the BBC’s new Sunday night drama, Ridley Road (BBC One, 9pm), she delivers a gripping and o(...)

Agnes O'Casey: ‘It’s so rare and lucky to be able to hear your great-grandad’s thoughts and feelings. I feel like I have a relationship with him.’ Photograph: Pip Bourdillon

Agnes O’Casey recalls her childhood was “like having two lives”. For the most part, she had a relatively normal upbringing as the daughter of hospital(...)

Domhnall Herdman, Clinton Liberty, Megan McDonnell, Ross Gaynor and Kwaku Fortune, who all studied at the Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art in Trinity College, Dublin, and appeared in TV series Normal People. photograph: Dara Macdónaill/The Irish Times

Just what is it about Normal People that resonated with so many people? Is it the so-wrong-they’re-right love affair between Marianne and Connell, who(...)

Paul Mescal in action for Kildare during the 2014 Leinster MFC Final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former Kildare manager Cian O’Neill has revealed how he received a sneak preview of Normal People star Paul Mescal’s acting ability during a brief sti(...)

Jane Brennan: ‘I feel him here in a very benign way. He is still around’

‘I’m surrounded by Tom here,” says Jane Brennan. “His presence is everywhere. It’s very strong.” We’re sitting in their sitting room in Rathgar. The p(...)

Rough Magic’s production of Phaedra, with music by Ellen Cranitch, is Lynne Parker’s choice.

Following the success of the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s (RIAM) presentation Writer’s Choice, in New York, Dublin and Paris throughout 2017, and Ar(...)

You no longer have to run away to join the circus. You can simply apply to one of the many circus schools throughout Europe and the US. Or, closer to (...)

Young Offenders Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphy) and Jock O’Keeffe (Chris Walley). Photograph: Miki Barlok

Nobody saw The Young Offenders coming. Though well-reviewed and much-quoted, back in 2016 few commentators or critics could have imagined that the low(...)

Harry Higgins, Martha Breen and Fionntán Larney in ‘Beat’. Photograph: Ste Murray

When Lin-Manuel Miranda drew lifeforce from hip-hop to forge his triumphant stage show Hamilton, he sketched out the blueprint for a form of musical t(...)

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