Garry Hynes

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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(...)

Martin McDonagh: “Part of the rage was just being unemployed and poor. I’m not those things any more. But I do get just as angry when I see a bad play. Because I feel like it’s so easy not to do that.” Photograph: Eric Luke

As Martin McDonagh talks about violence, furrowing his brow with deep intent, I can’t take my eyes off the knife in his hand. “I wouldn’t say it’s s(...)

Return to Montauk: Colm Tóibín and Volker Schlöndorff in New York. Photograph: Franziska Strauss

It takes less than three hours to drive from Brooklyn to the fishing port of Montauk, on the far tip of Long Island. But for Colm Tóibín it has been a(...)

Waiting for Godot: directed with vigour and heart by Garry Hynes

Waiting for Godot Mick Lally Theatre, Galway              ★★★★★ “Off we go again,” s(...)

Director Garry Hynes. Druid Theatre company has announced an ‘unusual rural tour’ of Hynes’s new production of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

When Samuel Beckett’s Vladimir and Estragon wait in vain for someone named Godot, they might as well be on Co Wicklow’s Military Road, on the Aran isl(...)

Some day I may write the book – Marie Mullen: My Role in Creating One of Ireland’s Greatest Actors. It will be short. I used tell the story way back(...)

The artist Hugh O’Donoghue  in front of an epic new painting The Wasteland (8ft x 24ft), which features in a major new exhibition of work commissioned by the Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Colin Crisford

New shows from Enda Walsh and Hughie O’Donoghue are at the heart of this year’s Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF). Arlington [a love story] (...)

To mark the first anniversary of the marriage-equality referendum, Charlie Bird asks gay people, and their relatives, how Ireland has changed for the(...)

Brilliant act of reappropriation: DruidShakespeare, featuring Aisling O’Sullivan as Henry V, invites us to experience Shakespeare’s histories through an Irish lens. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/New York Times

In the late 1980s, when I began research on what turned into my book 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, I had never heard of the Irish (...)

Brechtian: Kate Brennan in Wayne Jordan’s production of The Plough and the Stars. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

When Seán O’Casey took his seat for the fourth night of his new drama The Plough and the Stars he dryly noted that two plays were actually taking plac(...)

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