David Ireland

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Nicola Coughlan: ‘I thought I was free-spirited in San Francisco with flowers in my hair and no shoes on, but my boss told me to cop on because there were syringes on the ground’

Current favourite book I enjoy biographies. I’ve read Judi Dench’s and Helen Mirren’s, and most recently I read Abbi Jacobson’s book, I Might Regret (...)

Ulster American: An escalating farce.

Ulster American Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Until April 20th The worrying thing about polemicists is that they might just mean what they say. Take Osc(...)

Photograph: Mihaela Bodlovic

ULSTER AMERICAN Abbey Theatre, Dublin ★★★☆☆ The worrying thing about polemicists inclined towards controversy is that they might just mean what they (...)

Cyprus Avenue: Stephen Rea is in David Ireland’s provocative comedy on the Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre

Cyprus Avenue Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre, Dublin; from Monday, April 30th until Saturday, May 19th, 8pm; €30/€25; abbeytheatre.ie “This is a safe pl(...)

Abbey Theatre directors: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The door of the Abbey directors’ office opens to reveal an almost touchingly Dickensian sight. Graham McLaren, still recuperating from flu, is holding(...)

Stephen Rea as Eric in Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland. Photograph:  Ros Kavanagh

A play set in Northern Ireland exploring the extremes of sectarianism has won one of the UK’s most distinguished literary awards. David Ireland’s tr(...)

The cast and production team of ‘Pals: The Irish at Gallipoli’ collecting their award at last year’s   event. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Voting in the Audience Choice prize for the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards closes at midnight this evening. The awards celebrate the best plays, per(...)

Thisispopbaby - ‘Riot’

What were your cultural highlights for the year gone by? If you had asked me at the start of this year which play I least needed to see again I’d p(...)

Anne Clarke of Landmark Productions, who won the special tribute award at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, is pictured with (from left) Laurence Kinlan, the best supporting actor, Brian Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” utters Henry IV, in Shakespeare’s play of the same name. Druid Theatre Company may be in a position to tes(...)

Stephen Rea as Eric in Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland. Photograph:  Ros Kavanagh

Cyprus Avenue Peacock Theatre, Dublin **** “The last thing I am is Irish,” insists Eric Miller, a sullen Belfast loyalist, in David Ireland’s cau(...)

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