L-r: James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), Erin Quinn (Saoirse Jackson), Orla McCool (Louisa Harland), Clare Devlin (NIcola Coughlan)

“I don’t think 10 years ago I would have been able to set a show in Derry,” says Lisa McGee, the writer who’s put the city front and centre of comedy (...)

Top of the world: Paul Mescal’s nosebleed trajectory in Irish theatre has certainly singled him out as one to keep an eye on. Photograph: Ste Murray

When Selina Cartmell launched her inaugural season as director of the Gate Theatre last May, the photocall was predictably starry. Flanking Cartmell w(...)

All that jazz: Cast and audience get into the swing of things in The Great Gatsby. Photograph: Agata Stoinska

The Great Gatsby ★★★★   Gate Theatre Dublin  There’s an old story in which the actor playing the doctor in A Streetcar Named Desire – a v(...)

Actor Owen Roe in a party sene from ‘The Great Gatsby’ at the Gate Theatre, Dublin

A few weeks ago, to help introduce the new cast of The Great Gatsby to the space and to each other, the production’s director Alexander Wright conduct(...)

Charlene McKenna, The Great Gatsby Gate Theatre. Dublin

Forever Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Until July 15th 8pm €14-€18 abbeytheatre.ie For a cemetery, the Père Lachaise can be a lively plac(...)

Aidan Turner: ignores social media, although his hair has its own Twitter account and his shirtless scything scene caused an explosion

On a hot London hotel terrace overlooking the Thames waiters fuss about, while on the South Bank, swarms of tourists stop for selfies. Enter a cool-l(...)

A still from SLR by Stephen Fingleton: the story of a pornographer who becomes obsessed with a mysterious, anonymous photographer

Two Northern Irish films have made it onto the long list for best live-action short at the Academy Awards. Ten films appear on the list, from which fi(...)

Charlene’s way

Charlene McKenna can talk. Nobody is likely to confuse the Monaghan-born actor with one of those Californian hipsters who regard any conversati(...)

Jump

It’s grim up north. Again. Arriving hot on the heels of the lively, uplifting Good Vibrations (...)