Sara Keating

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Leo Varadkar gets Scrooged: ‘Tiny Tim should get a job.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

It would be much in keeping with the tone of A Christmas Carol – the opening sections anyway – to write a grumpy column debunking it for the ages. A M(...)

Director Cal McCrystal with the cast of Drama at Inish at the Abbey Theatre

At the end of Lennox Robinson’s 1933 play, Drama at Inish, the circus comes to town. Their late arrival is not without controversy. Constance Constant(...)

Home Theatre (Ireland): Elaine Murphy in Caroline’s Wedding, for Rose Emmet

HOME THEATRE (IRELAND) Draíocht, Blanchardstown ★ ★ ★ ★ This collaboration between theatre professionals and people in Dublin 15 offers  in(...)

The Mai: Derbhle Crotty is both tough and tender in what was Marina Carr’s first full-length play

THE MAI Civic Theatre, Tallaght ★ ★ ★ Marina Carr’s first full-length play is perhaps her most conventional. Carr’s work frequently blurs the boundar(...)

Director Emma Martin and conductor Peter Whelan during rehearsals for Irish National Opera’s production of 'Orfeo ed Euridice' at Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Jeda de Brí

Emma Martin is about as disarming a person as you could hope to meet. She’s a dancer and choreographer who’s making her first foray into directing ope(...)

“The provision of art, music and literature for young audiences has grown enormously.” Aideen Howard, director of the Ark.  Photograph: Alan Betson

It is Friday morning in Temple Bar and the street sweepers are busy washing the cobblestones. Outside the Ark, the faces of 264 girls and boys gaze d(...)

Barry McGovern in Samuel Beckett’s First Love which is being performed in the O’Reilly Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

First Love ★★★ O’Reilly Theatre Only Samuel Beckett could carve a love story out of excrement. Indeed, his narrator discovers the nature of his fee(...)

Swan Lake Loch na hEala, as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Colm Hogan

Swan Lake/ Loch na hEala ★★★★★ O’Reilly Theatre “If I say this is a house, it’s a house,” says Mikel Murfi, gesturing to two concrete blocks that f(...)

Oliver Jeffers: “This idea of the stoic man; generations being indoctrinated into the idea that not communicating is a good thing.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

How to Be a Man is a series exploring masculinity and the challenges facing men in Ireland today Oliver Jeffers was recently invited to the UN Glob(...)

Bold undertaking: Keith Singleton and Niamh McGrath in Looking Deadly

Animalia ★★★★ Smock Alley Theatre, Boys School The playground is a battleground in Animalia, which strips the innocence from childhood friendships to(...)

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