The School Days of Thaddeus K: the name of Blue Raincoat’s protagonist recalls the Polish director Tadeusz Kantor, whose seminal 1975 work The Dead Class made school a living hell

THE SCHOOL DAYS OF THADDEUS K Factory Performance Space, Sligo ★★★☆☆ The new production from Blue Raincoat ought to ring a bell. It begins with one i(...)

Waiting for Godot again – but this time it’s refreshingly different

Waiting For Godot Town Hall Theatre, Galway, Ends Friday March 3rd, 8pm, €22 druid.ie; then Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick (Mar 7-10); An Grian(...)

Phelim Drew in ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’ at Wexford Arts Centre

Down and Out in Paris and London Wexford Arts Centre Thursday November 9th 8pm €16/€14 wexfordartscentre.com Written in 1933, George Orwell’s Down a(...)

Irish Times Irish  Theatre Awards judges Ella Daly, Nicholas Grene and Anna Walsh on stage at the Abbey Theatre this week. Photograph: Alan Betson

It was a significant year, 2016, a period of commemoration when the Easter Rising seemed to rise and rise again. Incentivised by a splurge of State fu(...)

The cast “Alice in Wonderland”: for this revival, director Niall Henry pairs Alice (Miriam Needham) with an older version of herself (Hilary Bowen-Walsh), raising all kinds of conceptual ideas

The Factory Performance Space, Sligo ★★★ In a year marked by official commemorations, it’s striking that the longest-standing independent theatre(...)

Shackleton Factory Performance Space, Sligo ★★★ Most theatres, if they’re being honest, dream of setting sail. Even the inner workings of the stage(...)

Swedish composer Matti Bye’s new score to The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Felix Herngren’s film adaptation (...)

John Carty as Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Photograph: Steve Rogers
First Cosmonaut

First Cosmonaut The Factory, Sligo ***Robert Lepage’s The Far Side of the Moon explains the difference between astronauts and cosmonauts. Astronauts, (...)

Ian Wilson: his interesting writing for strings was constantly supplanted by the jazz trio and its improvised solos

‘What isn’t music?”A composer put this twist on the classic question – what is music? – at a public interview during the Kilkenny Arts Festival. It wa(...)