Michael West

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Stanley Townsend will perform in Rough Magic’s production of Mike McCormack’s award-winning novel Solar Bones. Photograph: Peter Searle

Like everyone, most of my culture over the past few months has been online. And a great deal of what I have seen, while occasionally wonderful, has se(...)

The Abbey theatre in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

‘We’re gone,” tweeted playwright Michael West as his play, The Fall of the Second Republic, closed early at the Abbey. “Shout out to all our comrades (...)

As precautionary measures against Covid-19 virus intensify, one of the most vulnerable sectors is the arts, where the majority of workers are self-emp(...)

Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

THE FALL OF THE SECOND REPUBLIC Abbey Theatre ★★★☆☆ Michael West’s new play for Corn Exchange and the Abbey Theatre is set in an Ireland paralysed by(...)

John Doran (Finbar Lowe) and Caitríona Ennis (Emer Hackett) in The Fall of the Second Republic. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

What if you could step back in time? Things might well turn out to have be worse. The Fall of the Second Republic, the new play from Corn Exchange, br(...)

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(...)

Emmet Byrne, Úna Kavanagh, Aoibhínn McGinnity, Patrick Ryan and Aidan Kelly in the Corn Exchange production of ‘The Misfits’ at Smock Alley Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

We are a long way from Reno. On an Autumn afternoon in Ranelagh the sun is coming through the high windows at an angle to dazzle the eye. Annie Ryan, (...)

Michael West’s new version of Frankenstein for Theatre Lovett is a similarly elegant re-animation, or, to use his term, “mutation”.

FRNKSTN Peacock Theatre, Dublin      ★ ★ ★  “I wanted to rewrite the code of life itself,” Victor Frankenstein tells us(...)

Don Wycherley, My Real Life, Viking Theatre, Clontarf, Dublin

FRNKNSTN Abbey Theatre, Peacock Stage. Previews: 17th -20th August Opens: August 21st - September 18th, €25/€20 abbeytheatre.ie Two hundred years s(...)

Theatre Lovett’s ‘Frnknstn’ by Michael West, at the Abbey Theatre from August 17th to  September 1st. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

In the 200 years since its publication, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has proved itself endlessly malleable. Regarded as the foundational text of Gothic(...)

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