“Modern” is a funny word in Ireland. In other countries, modern implies a straight line of development, from rural to urban, from agricultural to ind(...)

Corofin Dramatic Society’s production of ‘A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg’, by Peter Nichols. Photograph: John Kelly

On a frigid Tuesday night in Corofin the only faces to be seen on the street are smiling down from election posters with blow-dried optimism. The loca(...)

Derbhle Crotty in Juno and the Paycock at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Many actors can tell you about the history of their characters, the backstories assembled from clues in the text, educated guesses or creative leaps (...)

Marina Carr: “If society is always saying no to you, that rejection has to go somewhere. It turns dark, and it erupts. So you have all these raging middle-aged women.” Photograph: Sara Freund

Over the course of a dozen plays since the absurdist gender-bending experiment of Low in the Dark, from 1989, Marina Carr has developed a voice that c(...)