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(...)

 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(...)

The Alternative:  who will save Ireland, on the eve of an in or out referendum? Photograph: Publicis Dublin

THE ALTERNATIVE Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire ★★★☆☆ If you’ve only ever known one reality, how hard is it to imagine the alternative? That’s the sl(...)

The competing playwrights with Gavin Kostick and Jim Culleton of Fishamble at the start of the A Play For Ireland process. Photograph: Photocall Ireland

Not long ago, the Fishamble director Jim Culleton was confronted by a playwright who wanted to be given a break. “Do you still do plays with interval(...)

Reveal helped support  Oona Doherty Doherty’s multi-faceted Hard to be Soft. Photograph: Luca Truffarelli

In 2014 the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Breakthrough Award was presented to Emma Jordan, artistic director of Belfast’s Prime Cut Productions. The £295,0(...)

Penguins: would you not pay good money to see brought to life the story of two male penguins that met at Central Park Zoo, in New York, and fell in love?

My Left Nut Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Powerscourt Centre, Dublin 2; Monday-Saturday 1pm, until April 7th; €8-€12; bewleyscafetheatre.com In Michael Patri(...)

Michael Patrick’s My Left Nut

My Left Nut Bewley’s Café Theatre, Powerscourt Townhouse ★★★★ In Michael Patrick’s bittersweet comic solo performance, a young Belfast boy is h(...)