Brechtian: Kate Brennan in Wayne Jordan’s production of The Plough and the Stars. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

When Seán O’Casey took his seat for the fourth night of his new drama The Plough and the Stars he dryly noted that two plays were actually taking plac(...)

Paul Vincent Carroll at the Algonquin Hotel in New York: As both a chronicler and a crafter of Irish culture, Carroll followed admirably in the footsteps of Yeats, Synge, and O’Casey, and he paved the way for later playwrights like Brendan Behan, Tom Murphy, and Brian Friel. Photograph: Courtesy of Ann V Quinlan /

Paul Vincent Carroll was one of the first Catholics to write for the Irish National Theatre in post-independence Ireland and the first to extensively (...)