All Quiet on the Western Front: from the film of the novel by Erich Maria Remarque. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty

For some years after the end of the first World War, the memoirs of generals and statesmen dominated publication about it – none more prominently than(...)

John Mills and Richard Attenborough on set

This weekend, the West Cork History Festival will be hosting one of the more underrated emanations of the turbulent 1960s. Oh! What a Lovely War began(...)

Sheila Hancock: The soaps have done a lot for that. There are wonderful parts for older women. Photograph: Mike Marsland/Getty ImagesWireImage

The solidly left-wing Sheila Hancock has been enjoying the royal wedding on the telly. “I didn’t watch all of it, but I thought: that girl has put he(...)

Aisling O’Sullivan and Brian Doherty in Annabelle Comyn’s production of ‘The Wake’, by Tom Murphy, at the Abbey Theatre in 2016. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

In 2006, during a public interview, Tom Murphy enumerated the three most common questions asked of a playwright: How do you write a play? What’s your (...)

Rita Tushingham and Paul Danquah in director Tony Richardson’s 1961 adaptation of Shelagh Delaney’s breakthrough play A Taste of Honey. Photograph: British Lion Films Rita Tushingham and Paul Danquah in director Tony Richardson’s 1961 adaptation of Shelagh Delaney’s breakthrough play A Taste of Honey. Photograph: British Lion Films

When Friedrich Engels penned his Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844, examining the wretched conditions of England’s working class slumd(...)

“I could as easily have become a nun, or a prostitute, or both,” said Billie Whitelaw, who has died aged 82. Instead, she claimed that acting had all(...)