Oona Doherty

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Richard Wakely, artistic director and chief executive of the Belfast International Arts Festival

Richard Wakely does not express frustration often. If anything, the artistic director and chief executive of the Belfast International Arts Festival (...)

For choreographer Liv O’Donoghue looking back is as important as looking forward. This year’s Dublin Dance Festival will highlight her skills as an ar(...)

‘Simon O’Gorman’s Malachy remarks that he’s not a bad man’

Prime Cut Productions Double Bill The Everyman, Cork ★★★★☆ The unifying element of this Prime Cut Productions double bill is the struggle to assert(...)

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(...)

Oona Doherty’s Hard to Be Soft – A Belfast Prayer at Dublin Dance Festival. PR photograph: Luca Truffarelli

In 2014 I was asked to take part in a theatre conference at NUI Galway called “Pushing Form”. My paper was on my own experimental work, exploring form(...)

Kevin Coquelard and Mufutau Yusuf rehearsing their roles  for ‘Inventions’.  Photograph: Ewa Figaszewska

Inventions ★★★★ Carlton Ballroom, Kilkenny  In spite of the three bodies lying onstage, there is still a lingering feeling of hope at the end o(...)

Irish Modern Dance Theatre: Oona Doherty and Valda Setterfield rehearse Inventions. Photograph: Ewa Figaszewska The Irish Modern Dance Theatre will perform ‘Inventions’ at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photograph: Ewa Figaszewska

Inventions, a new Bach-inspired dance by John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre, will premiere in the midst of Kilkenny Arts Festival’s classical-mus(...)

The festival is presenting its first full-scale staged opera, The Return of Ulysses, Claudio Monteverdi’s retelling of Homer’s Odyssey, which has never before been staged in Ireland.

With Galway International Arts Festival safely (and, by most accounts, successfully) packed away for another year, the stage is set for the summer’s l(...)

A performance in  the Secret Garden at Butler House in Kilkenny last year. The Secret Garden series will take place twice daily at August’s festival. Photograph: Pat Moore

An open-air production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Kilkenny Castle, along with world premieres of new dance and circus performances,(...)

Jesse Jones: “I only like social media when it feels genuine; I don’t follow influencers.” Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Current favourite book I’m in the middle of reading a book my friend bought me called Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladur(...)

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