Abbie Spallen

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Druid director: ‘New writing doesn’t just appear out of nowhere,’ Garry Hynes says. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Druid, the theatre company with an international reputation for its innovative stagings of classics, from Shakespeare to Beckett to Tom Murphy, is ded(...)

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie Gate Theatre, Dublin. Until Jun 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) gate-theatre.ie Memory is like quicksand in Tennessee Williams’s The Glas(...)

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast: ‘We were keen to imbue the new building with the spirit of the old,’ says Mark Carruthers

Belfast’s Lyric Theatre is 50 years old. What began as a personal crusade and grew into an important cultural movement is now one of Ireland’s leading(...)

Conall Morrison’s new work is Woyzeck in Winter. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Galway International Arts Festival has announced its full programme for 2017, which also marks the festival’s 40th birthday. Already announced is(...)

 Druid Theatre artistic director Garry Hynes said it was not ‘logical to expect that any one programme at any one time can have exact gender parity, much less any one speciality in any one programme’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Druid Theatre artistic director Garry Hynes has defended its 2017 all-male programme and said gender equality in the theatre will take time. Druid h(...)

Life’s work: the first folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, from 1623. Photograph:  Graeme Robertson/Getty

Colm Tóibín Author Favourite play: Hamlet gave me permission to put an antic disposition on whenever the notion took me, to go all melancholy any(...)

Where are the women?: Queen Maeve in the woodcut that WB Yeats commissioned from Elinor Monsell for what became the Abbey Theatre. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

In the foyer of the Abbey Theatre a small plaque commemorates the staff and company members who participated in the 1916 Rising. Of the seven names(...)

*** They haven’t gone away, you know. But what becomes of a decommissioned IRA member, put verifiably beyond use? Retired from service, afraid(...)

Lally (Roisin Gallagher) with Bun McTasney (Alan McKee), Daly the Male (Vincent Higgins) and Rahab (Maria Connolly)

***   In Abbie Spallen’s new play for Tinderbox, her distinctive vision focuses, in heightened definition, on her home place, the bogs(...)

Richard Clements, Maria Connolly, Frank McCusker and Róisín Gallagher in Tinderbox’s Lally the Scut. Photograph: Brian Morrison

These are difficult days for the arts in the North, with news of the feared cuts in funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland descending wi(...)

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