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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(...)

Anne Enright and Lucy Vigne-Welsh in Top Girls by Caryl Churchill in 1985. Photograph: Alan Byrne

It’s fascinating how the same set of words can have so many different meanings. I’m sitting in on rehearsals for Rough Magic’s forthcoming production (...)

The remains of Karl Shiels are carried from church followed by his partner, Laura Honan.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Fair City actor Karl Shiels, who died suddenly last Monday aged just 47, “filled his life and lived it to the full”, his funeral Mass has been told. (...)

“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(...)

Rough Magic’s ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’

Rathmines Road Abbey Theatre, Peacock Stage, Dublin. Ends Saturday October 27th 8pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) €25/€20 abbeytheatre.ie Deirdre Kinahan’s new p(...)

Lynne Parker: “Mischief is a really big part of theatre-making. Once you get pious and restricted you’re not going to have the fluidity that you need.”

Puck descends a staircase, strutting with fresh achievement, and everyone in the rehearsal room lights up. In the middle of the long playing space, w(...)

Philip Boucher-Hayes: He’s not Joe Duffy, but he’s a good Phil-in

Philip Boucher-Hayes may be an accomplished broadcaster, but as far as callers to Liveline (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) are concerned, he’s just an ordinar(...)

Storm Large from Pink Martini performs Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

The Opera Director Gaiety Theatre, Dublin Saturday April 21st 3pm Adm free but ticketed Irish National Opera’s MusicTown presentation of Mozart’s The (...)

 Risurrezione at Wexford Festival Opera. Photograph: Clive Barda

Medea ** Some things are more meaningfully understood for what they are not rather than what they are. Brexit is about a Britain that’s not in the E(...)

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