Macnas, whose parades are a core part of their work, receive this year’s special tribute award. Photograph: Brian Arthur

There should have been applause. There should have been cheers. There should have been hugs and kisses and jokes and a few convivial jars after. Inste(...)

The Cherry Orchard: Derbhle Crotty in Druid’s production of Tom Murphy’s adaptation. Photograph: Robbie Jack

THE CHERRY ORCHARD Black Box Theatre, Galway ★★★☆☆ Tom Murphy’s adaption of The Cherry Orchard has everything that a decent Irish play should have: d(...)

Ian-Lloyd Anderson: ‘I’m watching The Sopranos for the first time, and I’m enamoured by Edie Falco, who plays Tony Soprano’s wife.’ Photograph: Szymon Lazewski

Current favourite book?  I recently decided to read as many plays as I could over a six-month period to broaden my horizons – it’s easy to think (...)

Herself stars Clare Dunne, who is alo co-writer, and is directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Photograph: Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

The Irish film Herself has premiered to breathlessly positive notices at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Mention has already been made of the 2021(...)

The Beacon: Jane Brennan plays a fascinatingly severe visual artist, Beiv. Photograph: Robbie Jack

THE BEACON Town Hall Theatre, Galway ★★★★☆ In Nancy Harris’s archly absorbing new play, co-produced by Druid and the Gate Theatre, an enigmatic and l(...)

In Our Veins: Exhaustively told, but given charming performances and admirably quick motion. Photograph: Pat Redmond

IN OUR VEINS Peacock stage, Abbey Theatre, Dublin ★★★☆☆ Lee Coffey’s chronicle of working-class Dublin, centred on one dock worker’s lifetime, begi(...)

Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson, stars of Dublin Oldschool which is on at the Project Arts Centre from December 11th-22nd

When were you closest to death? Ian: I got kicked around in town one night in my early 20s. I remember thinking “I’m in trouble here”.  Emmet: I(...)

Come On Home ★★★ Peacock at The Abbey Theatre  Familial estrangement, religious hypocrisy, sexual repression, provincial suffocation: as a wri(...)

Jason (Emmet Kirwan), an aspiring DJ, and Daniel (Ian Lloyd Anderson), his  heroin-addicted brother

Dave Tynan’s puzzling, wordy, largely plotless rush through the Dublin “sesh” scene groups itself around encounters between Jason (Emmet Kirwan), an a(...)

Incredibles 2: Mr Incredible struggles as a stay-at-home dad in this sequel to Pixar’s 2004 hit

Lessons have been learnt. Back in 2014, some weeks after Brazil were thoroughly spanked by the Germans, Hollywood’s summer sputtered to a halt after t(...)

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