Bertolt Brecht

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Irish composer Jennifer Walshe has been elected to Germany’s Akademie der Künste. Photograph:  AT Schaefe

Irish composer Jennifer Walshe has been elected to Germany’s Akademie der Künste, the Berlin-based academy of arts that was founded as long ago as 169(...)

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) runs until Saturday. Photograph: Steve Tanner

DEAD DOG IN A SUITCASE (AND OTHER LOVE SONGS) Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway ★★★★☆ “Who’d shoot a dog?” somebody wails early in Kneehigh’s splenetic(...)

Kneehigh Theatre perform Dead Dog in a Suitcase at Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway, July 16th-20th. Photograph: Steve Tanner

Epiphany Town Hall Theatre, Galway, Previews Jul 17 Opens Jul 18-27 8pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) druid.ie You may find our host familiar, in a modest, uncer(...)

US president Donald Trump boarding Air Force One in Maryland. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times

He meant well but Bertolt Brecht has a lot to answer for. In his subversive poem about the East German government, composed in 1953, he wondered if it(...)

The remains of actor Jer O’Leary, being carried out of the Church of St. Agatha’s. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Actor, activist, artist, raconteur, orator, and trade unionist Jer O’Leary (73), who died in Dublin on St Stephen’s Day, had a favourite quotation: “I(...)

For all its self-awareness, mad gags and sometimes impenetrable idiosyncrasies, ’The Rehearsal’ is one of the most faithful representations of ‘Hamlet’ you could hope to find

The Rehearsal, Playing The Dane Abbey Theatre, Dublin. May 23rd-26th, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm) abbeytheatre.ie “A problem, you solve,” says Sister Gertr(...)

Arpad Schilling, acclaimed Hungarian theatre director, has been deemed a threat to national security for his civic activism and anti-government protests. Photograph: Kretakor Foundation

For German playwright Bertolt Brecht, whose works include The Threepenny Opera and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a theatre ticket was not an invitation (...)

Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, and Fabrice Luchini in Ma Loute

When Bruno Dumont, cinema’s most despairing visionary, released P’tit Quinquin – a 197-minute black comedy featuring mutilated cows, bumbling policeme(...)

Hanns Eisler chose to live in the German Democratic Republic after the second World War and even wrote that country’s national anthem. In exile in the(...)

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.  Photograph: Sally Jubb

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s biggest arts festival, is winding to a close, and an entire city has been complicit in the endeavour. This(...)

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