Pat Shortt (right) in The Flag: “This goes back to the older class of emigrant. We want to give that feeling of the guy down on his luck.”

“As you can see, I am not pulling any faces. I’m not jumping around. There are no jazz hands,” Pat Shortt tells me. It’s a lovely autumn afternoon,(...)

Martin McDonagh: “Part of the rage was just being unemployed and poor. I’m not those things any more. But I do get just as angry when I see a bad play. Because I feel like it’s so easy not to do that.” Photograph: Eric Luke

As Martin McDonagh talks about violence, furrowing his brow with deep intent, I can’t take my eyes off the knife in his hand. “I wouldn’t say it’s s(...)

Director Garry Hynes. Druid Theatre company has announced an ‘unusual rural tour’ of Hynes’s new production of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

When Samuel Beckett’s Vladimir and Estragon wait in vain for someone named Godot, they might as well be on Co Wicklow’s Military Road, on the Aran isl(...)

Seána Kerslake is incandescent in A Date For Mad Mary

If you craved a sense of occasion on Saturday then the Galway Film Fleadh was the place to be. The organisers of the 28th event pulled off a coup by (...)

Shakespeare, like sex, apparently sells: William Shakespeare in the Chandos portrait, from circa 1600-1610

Through no particular fault of his own, William Shakespeare came into this world and departed it on the same day of the year – it falls this weekend: (...)

Denise Gough with the award for Best Actress for People, Places and Things and Kenneth Cranham with the Best Actor Award for The Father at the Olivier Awards. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Irishwoman Denise Gough received the best actress theatre award at the Olivier Awards announced at the Royal Opera House in London on Sunday night. (...)

The winners at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2015 in The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards took place with a spectacular ceremony at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Sunday. Among the video tribute(...)

If you were under the impression that Ireland has had little association with the Oscars outside My Left Foot, Once and the quotes of Mr Wilde you’d (...)

What the voters really want is for politicians to find all the square pegs they can get their hands on and jam them into round holes. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

We want change but also want more of the same Opinion polls are extraordinary. You quickly find out that what the voters really want is for politicia(...)

Best production   Chekhov’s First Play A Dead Centre production with Dublin Theatre Festival, Baltoscandal and Theatre National Bordea(...)

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