The Cripple of Inishmaan: Jamie Lee O’Donnell as Slippy Helen and Ian O’Reilly as Bartley. Photograph: Pat Redmond

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN Gaiety Theatre, Dublin ★★★☆☆ Stories are a volatile currency in Martin McDonagh’s jagged comedy from 1996. On the impossibly(...)

Jarlath Tivnan, Maria McDermottroe and Pat Shortt in Martin McDonagh’s “A Skull in Connemara” directed by Andrew Flynn, Decadent Theatre. Photograph: Darragh Kane

FOUR STARS Olympia Theatre In Martin McDonagh’s fictional Leenane, people “smile at you ‘til you’re a mile away before they start talking behind yo(...)

Gary Lydon, Peter Campion, Rosa Mikela and David Mc Savage in Decadent’s production of The Pillowman by Martin Mc Donagh. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A few years ago, the director Andrew Flynn got into his car and hit the road. His Galway-based company had been staging productions at the Town Hal(...)

Peter Campion: a well-judged performance as Katurian K Katurian. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Pillowman Town Hall Theatre, Galway****Somebody must have been spreading lies about Katurian K Katurian, for his predicament, in Martin McDonagh’(...)

Carolan’s debut play is admirably well-served by Decadent Theatre

***   “Nobody likes a tout hunt,” says Joe, an Armagh farmer and IRA member who suspects he has a traitor in his midst. Fearsome and h(...)

The skull designed by sculptor Andrew Clancy for Pan Pan’s Embers

A sweltering two-bedroom apartment in 1940s New Orleans. A grim cottage and a surreal graveyard in Connemara. A four-metre-high skull, sitting on a(...)

Peter Coonan and Susan Davey
Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Philadelphia, Here I Come! Lyric Theatre, Belfast *** Emigration has returned to Ireland with a vengeance, and so it was in 1964, the ye(...)