Emmet Kirwan

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Emmet Kirwan in Juno and the Paycock at the Gate. Photograph: Pat Redmond

‘People want plays that are modern,” says actor Emmet Kirwan. “People just want to see stuff that they recognise in their own lives, that they can id(...)

Marty Rea and Declan Conlon in Juno and the Paycock at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Juno and the Paycock Gate Theatre, Dublin *** Barely a squeak, a knock, or an approaching footstep is sounded in Sean O’Casey’s 1924 play without(...)

Emmet Kirwan and Nyree Yergainharsian: respond well to the changes in mood, never letting light or dark dominate their performances

The Good Father Axis, Ballymun *** Although Christian O’Reilly’s deceptively zippy two-hander gives the appearance of being a self-cons(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? In a year of some huge achievements and high-profile premieres, such as the gathering force of Dru(...)

The best design award went to the Tardigrade team

This year’s Tiger Dublin Fringe Awards were announced last night at the Liquor Rooms in Temple Bar. The awards were presented in nine categories this(...)

This year’s Show in a Bag offerings include Noni Stapleton’s Charolais

‘Show in a Bag: it’s like a show in your pocket,” says Gavin Kostick. The playwright is one of the founders of this innovative mode of theatre product(...)

Review: Dublin Oldschool

Dublin OldschoolBewley’s Café Theatre**** Generally, it’s a bad omen when a play starts with the cast rapping, but in the case of Emmet Kirwan’s elect(...)

Eleanor Methven and Marty Rea in Major Barbara. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Major BarbaraAbbey Theatre****In his 1891 essay The Quintessence of Ibsenism, George Bernard Shaw argued that society is made up of three discrete typ(...)

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