Kevin Coquelard and Mufutau Yusuf rehearsing their roles  for ‘Inventions’.  Photograph: Ewa Figaszewska

Inventions ★★★★ Carlton Ballroom, Kilkenny  In spite of the three bodies lying onstage, there is still a lingering feeling of hope at the end o(...)

The festival is presenting its first full-scale staged opera, The Return of Ulysses, Claudio Monteverdi’s retelling of Homer’s Odyssey, which has never before been staged in Ireland.

With Galway International Arts Festival safely (and, by most accounts, successfully) packed away for another year, the stage is set for the summer’s l(...)