Helen and |, by Meadhbh McHugh, which illustrates the role of subjectivity in theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Art, they say, changes the way we see things. Leonardo Da Vinci lets you gaze on the last supper, each diner arranged for display like the top table o(...)

Fiona Bell and Owen Roe in The Father at the Gate Theatre

The Father  ★★★★ The Gate Theatre, Dublin As Florian Zeller’s play begins, in a crisp translation from Christopher Hampton, we find an aging f(...)

Director Ethan McSweeny and Aislín McGuckin in rehearsals for A Month in the Country at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Not long after Brian Friel had completed his second adaptation of the work of Ivan Turgenev, in 1999, adding to his growing store of translations, (...)

A Month in the Country Gate Theatre, Dublin *** Love is a game with uncertain rules and ruinous consequences in Brian Friel’s delicately amusing and(...)

A stitch in time

The past is so in right now. (...)

Best Actress: Lia Williams as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams, directed by Ethan McSweeny for the Gate Theatre.
Irish Times Theatre Awards

Judges’ Special Award:Anu Productions: To mark their work commemorating the Dublin Lockout, using the city of Dublin as their set, and their reconf(...)

Nominee: Simon Callow, nominated for The Man Jesus, written by Matthew Hurt and directed by Joseph Alford for the Lyric Theatre. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images
An actor’s journey into character

The actor’s journey to inhabiting another character with their body can take some weird and wonderful detours. Some say it’s when they first pu(...)

The skull designed by sculptor Andrew Clancy for Pan Pan’s Embers

A sweltering two-bedroom apartment in 1940s New Orleans. A grim cottage and a surreal graveyard in Connemara. A four-metre-high skull, sitting on a(...)

Stunning performances from the ensemble cast ensure that A Streetcar Named Desire retains its full emotional power. Catherine Walker and Garrett Lombard star as Stella and Stanley Kowalski

A Streetcar Named DesireGate Theatre, Dublin ****Was there ever a writer who shone a light on desire and despair as well as Tennessee Williams? In A S(...)