Marina Carr

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Macnas, whose parades are a core part of their work, receive this year’s special tribute award. Photograph: Brian Arthur

There should have been applause. There should have been cheers. There should have been hugs and kisses and jokes and a few convivial jars after. Inste(...)

Members of An Spidal community cast of fire bearers getting ready for their fire lighting ceremony. Photograph: Andrew Downes, XPOSURE.

The opening ceremony of Galway 2020, which was due to take place on Saturday evening, has been cancelled due to bad weather. The organisers said on S(...)

 Ruth Negga will soon make her first appearance on a New York stage with a reprisal of her Hamlet. Photograph: Chantal Anderson/The New York Times

What theatre actor wouldn’t jump at the chance to play Hamlet? Ruth Negga, for one. When she was offered the role, at the Gate Theatre in Dublin in 20(...)

 Rex Ryan in  The Ridleys, at the Peacock Theatre. Photograph:  Ste Murray

It was a dramatic year for theatre, bookended by two moments of crisis. The first played out in the full glare of public attention. The other, which i(...)

Ian Lloyd Anderson as Jack and Kate Stanley Brennan as Nora in The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Extensive touring with works, including Roddy Doyle’s Two Pints, sent box office receipts at the Abbey Theatre soaring to €3.29 million last year. Ac(...)

Hecuba: a compelling staging of the Greek myth. Photograph: Ste Murray

HECUBA Space Upstairs, Project Arts Centre ★★★★☆ What’s Hecuba to us, or we to Hecuba? In Greek myth the character suffers such unimaginable tragedy (...)

Dublin Theatre Festival: How to Win Against History

You could say the art of the theatre is to always look back in order to cast forward. Familiar plays are revived and reinterpreted to suit the tenor o(...)

Anne Enright and Lucy Vigne-Welsh in Top Girls by Caryl Churchill in 1985. Photograph: Alan Byrne

It’s fascinating how the same set of words can have so many different meanings. I’m sitting in on rehearsals for Rough Magic’s forthcoming production (...)

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(...)

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