Max Porter

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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(...)

Max Porter: ‘If ever a sector needed a massive kick up the arse, it’s publishing’

Behind stage doors at the Southbank Theatre in London, the crew of folk musicians from Alula Down arrive to prepare their soundtrack for the evening’s(...)

Il Bravo: nominated for best opera and best costumes. Photograph: Clive Barda/ArenaPal

A stunning, shape-shifting lament with a bravura star performance. A room-spinning take on an unstaged Samuel Beckett novel. A vivid mingling of forgo(...)

Camille O’Sullivan and band during their residency at the Irish Arts Center

In a Greek restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a group are discussing their Irishness. DNA testing kits are big in the United States, prom(...)

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(...)

Owen Booth has written a remarkable debut whose profound documenting of family life is achieved in less than 200 pages.

Proving George Herbert’s line that a father is worth a hundred schoolmasters, Owen Booth’s arresting debut is a compilation of life lessons passed dow(...)

Cillian Murphy in ‘Grief Is the Thing with Feathers’

Shortly after Grief Is the Thing With Feathers premiered, a crow moved in across the way from Jamie Vartan’s London house. “We could see him drinking (...)

The Humours of Bandon

At the Imagining Ireland concert at the Barbican earlier this month, Paul Noonan of BellX1 described the multifaceted gig as “a photograph of some of (...)

 Cillian Murphy in Enda Walsh’s adaptation of  ‘Grief is the Thing with Feathers’. Photograph: Colm Hogan

GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS Black Box Theatre, Galway ★★★★☆ At first glance, Max Porter’s debut novel, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, seems a(...)

Cillian Murphy stars as Dad in Grief is the Thing with Feathers

The worst thing in the world has happened, yet the world doesn’t have the decency to notice. “Where are the fire engines? Where is the noise and clam(...)

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