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The Hunger: Iarla Ó Lionáird and Katherine Manley in Donnacha Dennehy’s opera. Photograph: Jack Vartoogian

THE HUNGER Abbey Theatre, Dublin ★★☆☆☆ It was the composer Donnacha Dennehy’s discovery of Annals of the Famine in Ireland, a first-hand report by th(...)

Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird at  rehearsal: “I’m sort of the everyman.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird is digging a grave on a special earth-filled platform in Wesley House off Dublin’s Leeson Street. Standing near h(...)

Malcolm Proud will give an organ recital at St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, on Saturday, August 17th.

Saturday August 17  Kilkenny Arts Festival kilkennyarts.ie There are two appealing concerts in the closing days of Kilkenny Arts Festival. Satur(...)

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 (...)

Rough Magic’s production of Phaedra, with music by Ellen Cranitch, is Lynne Parker’s choice.

Following the success of the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s (RIAM) presentation Writer’s Choice, in New York, Dublin and Paris throughout 2017, and Ar(...)

Actor Barry McGovern:  he  long resisted the label of “Beckettian actor”, but over the years  has stopped protesting. “Now I just accept it graciously”

A few years ago the actor Barry McGovern made a brief visit to Co Antrim with the specific intention of dying there. It was a life-changing experience(...)

Clare Dunne: a fine actor finding her own voice in Sure Look It, Fuck It

SURE LOOK IT, FUCK IT ★★★★☆ Project Arts Centre, Dublin “Swearing can bring sudden calmness,” performer and writer Clare Dunne declares, encouraging(...)

ThisIsPopBaby are helping me become the artist I never even thought I could be

If there is one thing Clare Dunne is fascinated by, it’s those stages in a person’s life where things are about to change for better or for worse. “N(...)

I am Tonie Walsh      ★★★ Project Arts Centre, Dublin The sturdy turntables on Tonie Walsh’s desk are not any old decks. T(...)

Pianist Louis Schwizgebel. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

TUESDAY 2 The Tales of Hoffmann Town Hall Theatre, Galway €30/€27 irishnationalopera.ie; also Letterkenny, Thurs; Sligo Sat Soprano Claudia Boyle and(...)

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