Evening Train: its song are given beautifully graduated renderings by Kate Stanley Brennan, Ger Kelly, Ian Lloyd Anderson and Deirdre Donnelly. Photograph: Bríd O’Donovan

EVENING TRAIN Everyman, Cork ★★★★☆ The initial impression you get from Evening Train is that Jacques Brel is alive and well and living in west Cork. (...)

Mick Flannery: His 2005 concept album Evening Train,  about small-town gamblers and strivers, has  been made into a musical.

A few years ago, while they were researching a musical, the singer-songwriter Mick Flannery brought the writer Ursula Rani Sarma outside her comfort z(...)

Mick Flannery: ‘Emmylou Harris sings backing vocals on quite a few tracks on Desire and her voice adds a second stamp to the album’s identity’

This album is one of a few Bob Dylan albums I’ve listened to a lot, almost always from start to finish. Desire has a few attributes of its own, apart (...)

 Campaign director Lian Bell (front) leading a Waking the Feminists event  on the Rosie Hackett Bridge  in Dublin in 2016. Photograph:  Kate Horgan

Waking the Feminists, the campaign for equality for women in Irish theatre, has won a Tonic Award in the UK. The award for “a brave and creative cam(...)

Where are the women?: Queen Maeve in the woodcut that WB Yeats commissioned from Elinor Monsell for what became the Abbey Theatre. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

In the foyer of the Abbey Theatre a small plaque commemorates the staff and company members who participated in the 1916 Rising. Of the seven names(...)

Emer O’Toole: ‘Because I see sexuality as a spectrum, defining myself as gay, straight or bisexual is not the way to describe my sexuality.’ Photograph: Meera Paleja

Before “gay” there was “queer”. “Queer” is a word that I grew up knowing as a playground insult, although it was one I detested and never used, sin(...)

Alan Wai as Dong Phuc in Charlie O’Neill’s Hurl. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Staging Intercultural Ireland: New Plays and Practitioner Perspectives is the first published collection of plays and interviews responding to the eff(...)

Deep by Raymond Scannell

Five years ago, the arch documentary theatre makers Rimini Protokoll asked Berlin to take a closer look at itself. A company that prefers to put real (...)