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 (...)

Sonya Kelly

Book Educated by Tara Westover is a memoir of a girl who never went to school and was raised by family preoccupied with preparing for the apocalypse.(...)

 Campaign director Lian Bell (front) leading a Waking the Feminists event  on the Rosie Hackett Bridge  in Dublin in 2016. Photograph:  Kate Horgan

Waking the Feminists, the campaign for equality for women in Irish theatre, has won a Tonic Award in the UK. The award for “a brave and creative cam(...)

 Judith Roddy and Manus Halligan  in Corcadorca Theatre Company’s  Far Away, by Caryl Churchill.  Photograph:  Enrique Carnicero

★★★★★ Spike Island, Cork These days dystopia is a cliche, and finding new interpretations for its horrors might challenge any production company. Ex(...)

Laugh out loud: Imelda Staunton has a girls’ night in Pride

One terrific scene among many terrific scenes in the consistently terrific Pride finds a political activist entering a record label’s offices to reque(...)

Ediburgh Festival Fringe: last year, Ballad of the Burning Star, written and performed by an Israeli artist, explicitly engaged with the politics of Israel and Palestine

It sounded like a typical fringe show. A detective story in the film noir style, performed entirely in rap and advertised as a “hip-hop opera”, it had(...)

Futureproofing theatre

When I heard the sad news of Lou Reed’s death last week, I reached for one of his songs. All Tomorrow’s Parties, sung by Nico, had already been on my (...)

‘Declan Hughes’s real achievement in Digging for Fire is  to observe his moment rather than predict the future’

Digging For FireProject Arts Centre, Dublin **** (...)