Henrik Ibsen

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A scene from the film adaption of The Dead by James Joyce. The Dead has been described as ‘the ultimate Christmas story for grown-ups haunted by the past’.

There can be few better places outside Ireland to celebrate James Joyce’s masterly short story The Dead than the country of Henrik Ibsen, the Norwegia(...)

Annie Ryan in Nora. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Nora Project Arts Centre Space Upstairs ★★★ Updating a classic is always a chancy endeavour, so kudos is due to novelist and playwright Belinda McKeon(...)

Donald Trump: the golf-carting embodiment of transgression. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

For a long time the hippest word in art criticism was “transgressive”. One of the things that defined a work as modern was the breaking of taboos. And(...)

Danú Dubai founder Pádraig Downey: “I have been fortunate to make friends with many people from the UAE, which is not typical here.”

Theatre is not the first thing that springs to mind when you think of the United Arab Emirates, but in the desert there is always an oasis, and Dubai (...)

Should you ever require an Oscar winner to compile cheat notes for a play, might we point you towards Geoffrey Rush, an actor who can make you rethin(...)

Slyly updated: Thomas Ostermeier’s version of Hedda Gabler for the Schaubühne in 2006. Photograph: Arno Declair/Dublin Theatre Festival

Hedda Gabler doesn’t pass the Bechdel test. Yes, it has more than two significant female roles. Yes, two of those female characters talk to each other(...)

Wallace Shawn and Lisa Joyce

There’s a lot of Scandinavian angst afoot at this festival. A few days after Liv Ullmann’s Irish take on August Strindberg’s Miss Julie we get a muscu(...)

Monologue: Leanne Best as Sal in The Match Box, from 2012, which Frank McGuinness wrote for Liverpool Playhouse
Playing out on stage

The Factory Girls: The play that put McGuinness on the map, back in 1982. Taking its inspiration from the writer’s mother, who worked in a shirt facto(...)

Declan Conlon as the whistle-blowing scientist Dr Stockmann

An Enemy of the People Gate Theatre, Dublin Three stars Late in Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 play about a whistleblower whose town turns violently (...)