Collapsible: Essie is the precarious subject in Margaret Perry’s  play. Photograph: Bronwen Sharp/Martha Hegarty

COLLAPSIBLE Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre ★★★☆☆ You shouldn’t let other people define you – or so they say. But that becomes an open invitation f(...)

Centre stage: The Lost O’Casey, Asking for It, Ruth Negga in Hamlet, Tara Flynn, and Cillian Murphy in Grief is the Thing with Feathers

When the first major shows of the year were a handsomely realised revival of Sive, John B Keane’s rural tragedy of desire and materialism, which packe(...)

Bamshad Abedi-Amin (Bill) and Lola Petticrew (Hat) star in Porcelain at the Peacock. Photograph: The Abbey Theatre

Peep Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin; Ends March 10th; 1pm €8-€12 (lunch €4); bewleyscafetheatre.com Let’s face it, voyeurism is one of the eternal ap(...)

Caitríona Ennis as Sarah in Margaret Perry’s Porcelain

Porcelain ★★ Peacock Theatre, Dublin  Hat, a young Irish woman living in London, has not been feeling herself recently. “I’d like to be dif(...)

Deirdre Kinahan: “People ask ‘How do you feel about being on the main stage?’ I say bring it on.” Photograph: Shane Cowley

It is two years since the Abbey Theatre began its programme to commemorate the centenary of 1916, ushering in a new gender consciousness in Irish thea(...)

Abbey Theatre directors: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The door of the Abbey directors’ office opens to reveal an almost touchingly Dickensian sight. Graham McLaren, still recuperating from flu, is holding(...)