The Nightingale and the Rose: Kim Sheehan as Nightingale with the rest of the opera’s cast. Photograph: Jed Niezgoda

THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE The Everyman, Cork ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The technical virtuosity enlivening this world premiere of John O’Brien’s operatic version (...)

Lucia Kickham and Philip Connaughton: ‘I’ve probably been very close to death several times but managed to wake up the next morning and carry on,’ Philip says

What book do you keep returning to? Philip The book I return to – and it’s the same as my dad – is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. My dad would always ha(...)

Janet Moran in 'A Holy Show'

It’s here, starting tonight, in venues (and on the streets and on a bus and wherever you’re having yourself) across Dublin. The enormous, varied, chal(...)

‘The Wizard of Oz’ is being performed at Cork Opera House until August 26th. Photograph: John Allen

The Wizard of Oz ★★★★ Cork Opera House For a musical whose origins are so lost in a forest of derivatives that they do not rate a mention in the prog(...)

Tomorrow (and until August 20th): ‘Annie’ at  Cork Opera House. Photograph:  Clare Keogh

★★★★★ It’s impossible to detect where any expense has been spared in this Cork Opera House production of Annie. Director Ronan Phelan establishes a (...)

Pere Faura in Stiptease. Photograph: Rafael Gavalle

The concluding days of this year’s Dublin Dance Festival brought into focus themes that had peeked through earlier performances: in a world of where t(...)

Jean Butler and Neil Martin in This Is an Irish Dance: “We wanted to make this really connected,” says Martin, “to get to a place where the movement was unconscious, and intuitive,” adds Butler.

There is an unmistakably relaxed air about the choreographer and performer Jean Butler as she talks about her new work, This Is an Irish Dance. Arou(...)

John Scott in rehearsals with Kevin Coquelard, Mufutau Yusuf and Ryan O’Neill for Precious Metal and Night Wandering. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In 1991, Irish Modern Dance Theatre received its first Arts Council grant, along with nine other dance companies. Twenty-five years later, it is the o(...)

Butterflies and Bones

Butterflies and Bones Project Arts Centre, Dublin **** In the context of the remembering of 1916, in Ireland and the world, Butterflies and Bones(...)

Daniel Abreu’s highly physical Cabeza. Photograph: Gabriel F Calonge

‘It must be very difficult for you in America to write music, being so far away from the centres of tradition.” When a Dutch musician confronted av(...)

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