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Cillian Murphy in All of This Unreal Time. Photograph: Manchester International Festival

Cillian Murphy, wearing a black hoodie and heavy coat, is projected on to a giant screen in Manchester’s cavernous Central Hall. On a murky, sleepless(...)

Cillian Murphy: ‘Grief Is the Thing with Feathers was the most satisfying and exhausting thing I have ever done. By a long stretch.’ Foreground photograph: Nicky J Sims/Getty

When Cillian Murphy and Max Porter first worked together, Murphy got so wired from performing that he couldn’t sleep. The project was a theatrical ada(...)

Francis Bacon in his early twenties photo by Francis Julian Gutmann, Courtesy MB Art Collection

Extraordinary, ground-breaking, devastating. Decadent, verbally vicious, and a loyal and generous friend. He was the toast of the art world and maker (...)

Elaine Feeney: For all its cruel awakenings, this is also a book about friendship and community

“What I really wanted to say just then, was that being dead doesn’t scare me, in fact I give it very little thought. Dying does. Those few moments. Th(...)

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(...)

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