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“I had no idea” – that was the immediate reaction of author Monica McInerney when she first read a new collection of highly personal stories told by f(...)

Rough Magic’s production of Phaedra, with music by Ellen Cranitch, is Lynne Parker’s choice.

Following the success of the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s (RIAM) presentation Writer’s Choice, in New York, Dublin and Paris throughout 2017, and Ar(...)

Actor Owen Roe winner of the Special Tribute Award at the 22nd Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Owen Roe takes his comedy seriously. A few years ago, on tour in the US with the Gate’s production of Endgame, he was aghast to discover during a semi(...)

“Don’t make unnecessary journeys.” – Teresa Mannion, RTÉ

“I recognise no partition. I recognise it as no crime to be in my own country. I would be ashamed of my own name and my murdered husband’s name if I d(...)

Germany Rose Kari Foss onstage in the Festival Dome during TV Rose of Tralee Selection on Monday night. “This is not, as the Germany Rose said, ‘a beauty pageant’ – an attorney who also produced a vaguely unintelligible rap for her ‘party piece’.”  Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

We were at least 40 minutes into this year’s Rose of Tralee, from de Dome in Tralee, before one of the 35 dewy-lipped contestants, who had made it thr(...)

L-R Former RTE producer Betty Purcell. Women’s Podcast presenter Kathy Sheridan, broadcaster Alison O’Connor and Newstalk presenter Sarah Carey

If a national radio station featured a programme where 90 per cent of the voices were female, listeners would be shocked and say “what’s going on h(...)

‘The themes are kind of grown-up: love and loss and death and grief and the compromises you make in your life.’ Above, Aislín McGuckin and Raymond Scannell in Famished Castle

‘It’s a comedy. But it’s a really sad comedy,” says Hilary Fannin of her new play, Famished Castle. “The first scene I wrote was about a woman goin(...)

‘This would feel like a more stinging bourgeois critique if Angie and Nat weren’t themselves trading notes on German breakfasts, sharing partridge soup and having a banal affair’

Famished Castle Pavilion Theatre, Dublin **An aging man, under the hard frost of dementia, barely registers anyone around him. A middle-aged mother cu(...)

‘Christmas: love it or loathe it, we pretty much know that if we have the wherewithal, it’s incumbent on us to step up to the mark and get on with it at the first tinkle of Jingle Bells.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

So, it’s happening. Christmas is about to crash down, like a sad drunk into a decorative bay tree. If we’re lucky and fate has left us off the (...)

The cheque was eagerly anticipated, but the possibility of having a play produced was the real prize

Years ago, around the start of the millennium, I won an award. The award was for playwriting and consisted of a cheque and a kind of vial of hope that(...)

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