Mark O Connell

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Jack Gleeson in Dead Centre’sTo Be a Machine as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2020.

★★★★☆ We can hardly blame the creators of this busy one-man show for endlessly worrying about whether the finished work counts as theatre. Much effor(...)

Dublin Theatre Festival director Willie White says a business model for digital theatre has emerged during lockdown. Photograph: Dave Meehan

It is five months since Willie White, director of  the Dublin Theatre Festival, sat in a theatre. The show was Farm Fatale, a dystopian performan(...)

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Without doubt – and even when the current disruption caused by Covid-19 abates – a much greater proportion of employees will be fulfilling more of the(...)

Frances Winston (45) of Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin

An actor who struck her head on a stage as she took directions from her director during rehearsals for Macbeth has settled a €60,000 claim for damages(...)

Conor Reid’s Words to That Effect podcast draws on academic texts but is completely accessible

It is rare enough to find a good listen touching upon such diverse genres of fiction from steampunk and transhumanism to pulp fiction and Sherlock, bu(...)

In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

Joan Didion: understands that, often, the only way to tell the truth is to be frank about the ways in which you are ill-equipped to do so.   Photograph: Neville Elder/Corbis Sygma

Eight or 10 years ago, I started to hear interesting reports from people I know who teach writing. Students, these writers told me, were expressing an(...)

Bosca Brexit: the best of Ireland

The British government has revealed it is making plans to stockpile food and drugs in the event it crashes out of Brexit on March 29th without a deal,(...)

The  Alcor Life Extension Foundation, which stores “cephalons”, or frozen heads and other body parts, ready for hopeful reanimation. Photograph: Laura Segall/New YorkTimes

Mark O’Connell has spent the past few years meeting people who want to upload their minds to robots and never die. He has visited warehouses filled wi(...)

The late British art critic and prize-winning author John Berger, who died aged 90,  on January 3rd, 2017. Photograph: Jacob Berger/AFP/Getty Images

Upon his death earlier this week, John Berger was described by British artist David Shrigley as “the best ever writer on art”. It was not the first o(...)

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