The Dig: An Ulster western, starring Moe Dunford and a lot of piles of earth, which does less to argue for the joys of the countryside than did Cold Comfort Farm

Andy and Ryan Tohill, directors of this much-acclaimed Northern Irish feature, leave us in little doubt that – despite setting the action near a borde(...)

“Deep concern and dissatisfaction”: the Abbey Theatre’s directors, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 300 actors, directors, designers, agents and playwrights have complained to the Minister for Culture about the Abbey Theatre’s recently adop(...)

Mullered and Skullit: Liam Carney and Phillip Judge in Two Pints

A Skull in Connemara Olympia Theatre, Dublin Previews Tuesday August 14th Opens Wednesday August 15th until September 1st 7.30pm (Wed & Sat mat 2.(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his friend Tom Murphy about whom Mr Higgins spoke affectionately. Photograph: The Irish Times

Playwright Tom Murphy was a “great vulnerable courageous being” and a “genius that we have lost”, President Michael D Higgins has said. Addressing a (...)

Marie Mullen as the  ‘brilliantly delusional grandmother’, Shalome in On Raftery’s Hill

On Raftery's Hill ★★★★ Abbey Theatre, Dublin   “Ud’s so horrible ud has to be true,” an 18-year-old girl responds to a tale of unimaginable brut(...)

Charlene McKenna, The Great Gatsby Gate Theatre. Dublin

Forever Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Until July 15th 8pm €14-€18 abbeytheatre.ie For a cemetery, the Père Lachaise can be a lively plac(...)

Michael Gambon in the earlier Gate production of Eh Joe. Photograph:  Anthony Woods

The outgoing director of the Gate Theatre, Michael Colgan, has released details of the last elements of his programme. The festivalfeatures work by th(...)

The cast of The Wake by Tom Murphy, directed by Annabelle Comyn.

The Abbey Theatre, Dublin ★★★★★ Mourning is painful, cathartic and perilous to avoid. It’s something at which Ireland has long excelled, in outpo(...)

Period flair: Elisabeth Moss as Peggy and Christina Hendricks as Joan in the seventh season of Mad Men

‘Is that all there is?” Peggy Lee sings in Mad Men (Sky Atlantic, Thursday). It’s the plaintive anthem of unfulfilled middle age, and it bookends the (...)

Apparently, cinema is broken this week. And so we’re stuck with the weakest batch of new releases since, well, around this time four years ago. All ar(...)