Jimmy Fay

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Double Cross: Ian Toner in this Abbey-Lyric coproduction

DOUBLE CROSS Peacock Theatre, Dublin ★★★☆☆ If the first casualty of war is truth, Thomas Kilroy’s 1986 play presents two of its most skilled assassin(...)

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast: ‘We were keen to imbue the new building with the spirit of the old,’ says Mark Carruthers

Belfast’s Lyric Theatre is 50 years old. What began as a personal crusade and grew into an important cultural movement is now one of Ireland’s leading(...)

Isabella Rosellini in her one-woman (and her dog) show ‘Link Link’

Over the years, as an arts producer and festival curator, Richard Wakely has frequently encouraged performers, artists and organisations to hit the re(...)

‘Sallynoggin was her Vietnam,’ Ross says of his mother, recalling his own bitter brushes with social prejudice. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Gaiety Theatre, Dublin *** Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, south Dublin’s courageously self-deluded rugby hero turned venal estate agent, is once again the lo(...)

The Ladykillers:  sharply focused characterisations. Photograph: Steffan Hill

Lyric Theatre, Belfast **** In a series of madcap, jagged-edged scenarios, Jimmy Fay’s industrious production of Graham Linehan’s stage version of (...)

Riot, with Dr Panti Bliss: already breaking box-office records

What’s in a name? Sixty-nine years ago eight companies arrived uninvited at the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival. The next year they were j(...)

From left, Robbie O’Connor and Darragh Kelly; Richard Clements and Eleanor Methven; and Charlotte McCurry and Ali White in Northern Star. Photographs: Keith Dixon

The revolution has not gone according to plan. In the chaos of collapse, one of its leaders wearily considers his legacy while expecting his own exec(...)

Jimmy Fay, from Tallaght: ‘I became obsessed with Belfast when I was researching Owen McCafferty’s play Quietly.’ Photograph: Brian Morrison

At the recent launch of the Lyric Theatre’s autumn/winter season in Belfast, board chairman Mark Carruthers spoke frankly of the theatre’s need to “re(...)

‘It’s the uncertainty of what might happen on any given night that makes writing a comedy for the stage so exhilarating.’ Paul Howard at the stage door of the Gaiety Theatre. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The absurdity of what I do for a living is not lost on me. Mostly, my job involves sitting at a desk for between eight and 10 hours a day, thin(...)

Patrick O’Kane: ‘I find that my perspective on many things is through the prism of being a Belfast man, even though I don’t live there any more.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

As the photographer frames a shot of Patrick O’Kane, sitting still and unsmiling in the Abbey auditorium, he makes a comment that the actor has pro(...)

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