Ediburgh Festival Fringe: last year, Ballad of the Burning Star, written and performed by an Israeli artist, explicitly engaged with the politics of Israel and Palestine

It sounded like a typical fringe show. A detective story in the film noir style, performed entirely in rap and advertised as a “hip-hop opera”, it had(...)

‘Irish philosophers – Richard Kearney [above], Philip Pettit, William Desmond – are never noticed in the public scene’

There was a time when people across Ireland turned on the television on a Friday night to watch a Dominican priest with arthritis talk about philos(...)

Richard Dawkins ‘throws out the baby with the bathwater’

Public debate on religion follows a depressingly familiar course these days. An equivalent of Godwin’s Law operates whereby the longer an online di(...)

  “In one of the afternoon sessions on the subject of archives, Patrick Lonergan of NUI Galway drew gasps from the audience.  He was relating how many women playwrights had had new plays performed on the main Abbey stage since 1940. The figure was just three, with five plays (three of which were by Marina Carr alone), although there have been some 500 productions in that time.”  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The second day of the Abbey Theatre symposium, entitled the Theatre of Memory, took place yesterday. “Making History: Artists and the Past” was the ti(...)

Philosopher Richard Kearney: “When a wound goes underground and isn’t spoken about, it’s acted out – very often through violence, through alcoholism, through depression, through suicide.”

Sitting in the university town of Strasbourg near the French-German border, philosopher Richard Kearney is preparing for the last in a series of Europ(...)

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