Rob Furey

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King Lear in  a Van: Arthur Riordan in the title role. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

If you were loitering around Ely Place in Dublin recently you may have heard some worrying bellowing from the car park/loading bay of the Royal Hibern(...)

‘We wouldn’t normally have just 12 hours to build something of this size.’ The construction of Mahagonny in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, had to be undertaken at double speed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s satirical opera, first performed in 1930, the city of Mahagonny appears instantaneously, as if by black magic. “(...)