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Jane Brennan: ‘I feel him here in a very benign way. He is still around’

‘I’m surrounded by Tom here,” says Jane Brennan. “His presence is everywhere. It’s very strong.” We’re sitting in their sitting room in Rathgar. The p(...)

Jane Brennan (right) in Druid’s ‘Richard III’, which played at the Abbey Theatre last year in 2018 Photograph: Robbie Jack

Jane Brennan is one of Ireland’s top stage actors. She has been named best actress at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards and won an Ifta as bes(...)

“Deep concern and dissatisfaction”: the Abbey Theatre’s directors, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 300 actors, directors, designers, agents and playwrights have complained to the Minister for Culture about the Abbey Theatre’s recently adop(...)

Lauren Coe is excellent as  Emma in  ‘Asking for It’. Photograph: Hugh O’Conor

Asking for It ★★★★ Everyman Theatre, Cork   Emma O’Donovan, a fifth-year schoolgirl with brittle self-esteem, has become accustom(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his friend Tom Murphy about whom Mr Higgins spoke affectionately. Photograph: The Irish Times

Playwright Tom Murphy was a “great vulnerable courageous being” and a “genius that we have lost”, President Michael D Higgins has said. Addressing a (...)

The cast of The Wake by Tom Murphy, directed by Annabelle Comyn.

The Abbey Theatre, Dublin ★★★★★ Mourning is painful, cathartic and perilous to avoid. It’s something at which Ireland has long excelled, in outpo(...)

Lally (Roisin Gallagher) with Bun McTasney (Alan McKee), Daly the Male (Vincent Higgins) and Rahab (Maria Connolly)

***   In Abbie Spallen’s new play for Tinderbox, her distinctive vision focuses, in heightened definition, on her home place, the bogs(...)

Christian Mazzuchini as Vladimir and Noël Vergès as Estragon in Theatre NoNo’s Waiting for Godot

‘We’ve been waiting for someone to come, but nobody has turned up.” Were it not for the bright disposition of the speaker, a museum attendant, a visit(...)

Adrian Dunbar opens the third edition of the Happy Days Festival, the world’s first and only festival dedicated to the Nobel-prize winning writer Samuel Beckett, at The Skull, Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen,  Co Fermanagh. Photogprah:  Paul Faith

Catastrophe Adrian Dunbar directs one of Beckett’s last plays, the short and pointedly political depiction of a director and his assistant engaging wi(...)

Richard II: ‘The commitment, brio and invention of this production makes it well worth seeing’

Richard IIPeacock Theatre, Dublin *** There i(...)