Louise Lowe

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Dublin Port plans to convert the old Pumphouse in the docklands into a heritage centre capable of staging productions. Photograph: Dublin Port Company website

Dublin Port’s plans to become a major cultural hub has begun with the release of five plays performed there. The works include plays about the strike(...)

People celebrating the independence of Ireland on O’Connell bridge before midnight on Easter Sunday, 1949. Photograph: Larry Burrows/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

For two years, the people at theatre company ANU Productions have had a photograph sitting on their desks. The black-and-white image was taken on Apri(...)

Faultline: this immersive performance is thrillingly immediate. Photograph: Pat Redmond

FAULTLINE 11 Parnell Square East ★★★★☆ The inspiration behind ANU and the Gate Theatre’s absorbing new immersive co-production is an upheaval borne b(...)

Eloïse Stevenson as Pegeen Mike and Michael Shea as Christy Mahon in The Playboy of the Western World. Photograph: Mark Stedman

The Playboy of the Western World Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Ends Oct 5, 7.30pm, Sat mat 2.30pm, Sun 4.30pm Few plays are quite as familiar to an Irish(...)

Theatre for One: Eileen Walsh in Bait, by Louise Lowe. Photograph: Jed Niezgoda/venividi.ie

THEATRE FOR ONE Outside Cork Opera House ★★★★★ Annie Ryan of Corn Exchange once described her Car Show, which played to no more than three passengers(...)

 Irish playwrights Emmet Kirwan, Marina Carr, Enda Walsh and Stacey Gregg promote  Theatre For One, which is running as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival. Photograph: Clare Keogh

It’s dim, dressingroom lights surround the frame, and the aesthetic is theatrical red velvet. I’m alone in the single seat, hands on armrests. A scree(...)

Richard Proffitt’s installation May the Moon Rise and the Sun Set at UCC’s Dept of Music in Sunday’s Well forms part of the festiva

The modest citizens of Cork may wish to avert their eyes from the Crawford Art Gallery during this year’s Midsummer Festival when The Fig Reveal strip(...)

Gate’s new season: Colm Tóibín is photographed by Conor Horgan on the Dublin theatre’s stage. Photograph: Ailbhe O’Donnell

Samuel Beckett and A Christmas Carol – both with strong associations with the Gate Theatre over past decades – will return this year, but in new guise(...)

Aaron Monaghan, Garrett Lombard, John Olohan and Jane Brennan in Druid Theatre’s  Richard III. Photograph:  Robbie Jack

Now is the winter of our discontent made... if not quite glorious summer, perhaps a more agreeably temperate spring. After a cold snap of criticism an(...)

The Theatre Forum delegation on their way into Leinster House on Tuesday to present research on precarious employment in performing arts. From left, theatre artists Louise Lowe, Gary Keegan, Peter Daly (Theatre Forum chair), Anna Walsh (Theatre Forum director), Liv O’Donoghue, Peter Power, Shaun Dunne and Irma McLoughlin (Theatre Forum general manager)

On stage, timing is all. Just as a group of performing artists and Theatre Forum presented their research and lived experience of poor pay and insecur(...)

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