Ronan Phelan

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Dublin Fringe Festival 2021: Tonic, by Fionn Foley, staged at Dublin Castle by Rough Magic. Photograph: Jed Niezgoda

TONIC Dublin Castle Dublin Fringe Festival ★★★★☆ It is 2047, the apocalypse is burning to its smouldering end and the world’s warring superpowers are(...)

Olga Barry, director of Kilkenny Arts Festival, says: ‘Sometimes it’s only by keeping trying that you unlock the possibilities.’

One of the great beauties of Ireland’s summer arts festivals has always been the element of random chance. You go to see one thing, and find yourself (...)

Macnas, whose parades are a core part of their work, receive this year’s special tribute award. Photograph: Brian Arthur

There should have been applause. There should have been cheers. There should have been hugs and kisses and jokes and a few convivial jars after. Inste(...)

 Rex Ryan in  The Ridleys, at the Peacock Theatre. Photograph:  Ste Murray

It was a dramatic year for theatre, bookended by two moments of crisis. The first played out in the full glare of public attention. The other, which i(...)

Rough Magic and Kilkenny Arts Festival Much Ado About Nothing Maeve Fitzgerald, Margaret McAuliffe, Clare Barrett, Ventia Bowe_Pic John D Kelly

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING The Quad at St Kiernan’s College, Kilkenny ★★★★☆ A lot goes on in Much Ado about Nothing. In the mingled memories of Shakespe(...)

The Big Chapel X runs from August 11th to 17th in Callan, Co Kilkenny.Photograph: Evelyn McNamara

Much Ado About Nothing The Quad at St Kiernan’s College, ends Aug 17th, 8pm (Sat and Sun mat 3.30pm) kilkennyarts.ie Love is a kind of con job in Wi(...)

Anne Enright and Lucy Vigne-Welsh in Top Girls by Caryl Churchill in 1985. Photograph: Alan Byrne

It’s fascinating how the same set of words can have so many different meanings. I’m sitting in on rehearsals for Rough Magic’s forthcoming production (...)

All Mod Cons: Mariah Louca and Chris McCurry in Erica Murray’s play

ALL MOD CONS Lyric Theatre, Belfast ★★★☆☆ The award-winning Co Limerick-born writer Erica Murray has had an auspicious start to her career. She recen(...)

Rough Magic’s ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’

Rathmines Road Abbey Theatre, Peacock Stage, Dublin. Ends Saturday October 27th 8pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) €25/€20 abbeytheatre.ie Deirdre Kinahan’s new p(...)

There are countless versions of Cinderella, stretching back to the earliest reaches of civilisation.

Mr Burns, A post-electric play Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Ends Dec 9 7.30pm €18/€14 projectartscentre.ie Not only has it become considerably easier (...)

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