Hecuba: a compelling staging of the Greek myth. Photograph: Ste Murray

HECUBA Space Upstairs, Project Arts Centre ★★★★☆ What’s Hecuba to us, or we to Hecuba? In Greek myth the character suffers such unimaginable tragedy (...)

Aislín McGuckin

Current favourite book?  I’m reading Circe by Madeline Miller, a modern retelling of the ancient tale. It’s a glorious portrait of a strange and(...)

Normal People: Daisy Edgar-Jones (left, in Cold Feet with Hermione Norris), is playing Marianne in the BBC version of Sally Rooney’s novel. Photograph: Ben Blackall/ITV

The stars of the BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s award-winning novel Normal People have been announced as filming gets under way in Ireland. The com(...)

“Deep concern and dissatisfaction”: the Abbey Theatre’s directors, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 300 actors, directors, designers, agents and playwrights have complained to the Minister for Culture about the Abbey Theatre’s recently adop(...)

Come On Home ★★★ Peacock at The Abbey Theatre  Familial estrangement, religious hypocrisy, sexual repression, provincial suffocation: as a wri(...)

Ivan Turgenev: the playwright fashioned a “theatre of moods, of secret turmoil rather than explicit action”, as has his adapter Brian Friel. Portrait by Mokouski/Getty

It is almost taken for granted that there is some kind of special dramatic relationship between the two edges of Europe, Ireland and Russia. Of the ma(...)

A Month in the Country Gate Theatre, Dublin *** Love is a game with uncertain rules and ruinous consequences in Brian Friel’s delicately amusing and(...)

‘The themes are kind of grown-up: love and loss and death and grief and the compromises you make in your life.’ Above, Aislín McGuckin and Raymond Scannell in Famished Castle

‘It’s a comedy. But it’s a really sad comedy,” says Hilary Fannin of her new play, Famished Castle. “The first scene I wrote was about a woman goin(...)