Kilkenny Arts Festival 2019: Rough Magic is staging Much Ado about Nothing. Photograph: Ste Murray

Two new collaborations with Rough Magic Theatre Company and a promenade production of Thomas Kilroy’s novel The Big Chapel staged in the town of Calla(...)

Cherry Smyth: ‘I spotted a poster advertising an exhibition about Queen Victoria, and as I looked closer, I saw that someone had scrawled the words ‘IRISH FAMINE’ across her forehead.’

Cherry Smyth was hurrying through a London tube station in 2012 when she suddenly realised she needed to know more about the Famine. For the Antrim-bo(...)

Pat Shortt

You what now? The most conspicuous issue with this ambitious Irish feature concerns its terminal identity crisis. There is little chance the allusion (...)

Pupils from Mount Seskin Community College, who were involved in a musical project with their grandparents. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

It was the look of wonder on the face of his children’s great-grandmother that first gave hospital consultant Rónán Collins the idea to use music and (...)

Huun-Huur-Tu: celebrated Mongolian throat singers

Referring to avant-garde composer John Cage, Brian Eno once joked that “we don’t all have to be polar explorers”. His point was that while it’s import(...)

“The provision of art, music and literature for young audiences has grown enormously.” Aideen Howard, director of the Ark.  Photograph: Alan Betson

It is Friday morning in Temple Bar and the street sweepers are busy washing the cobblestones. Outside the Ark, the faces of 264 girls and boys gaze d(...)

Lauren Kinsella

★★★ Ian Wilson’s experimental opera The Last Siren imagines the last surviving example of the mythological being, beautiful but dangerous, whose ir(...)

Stars of the Lid, National Concert Hall, Dublin, Sunday

FRIDAY Slam Hangar, Dublin 10.30pm €15/€12 When it comes to techno luminaries, Slam’s Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle are very much in the top div(...)

Lauren Kinsella: “For me it’s all about sound. I’m thinking about resonance, about placement of notes, what I can do inside my mouth, or shape words in terms of the tongue and lips.”

For most singers, walking onto a stage with no clue as to what you’re about to sing would be the stuff of nightmares. But for Lauren Kinsella, it`s t(...)

The Bimhuis in Amsterdam is frequently mentioned as the best example of what a jazz venue can be

This week, the Improvised Music Company, Ireland’s leading promoter of jazz, will stage a guerilla action in our National Theatre, commandeering th(...)

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