Wayne Jordan

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Mercier is a Tony-nominated composer (for The Testament of Mary) who wears his creative endeavours lightly. Photograph: Maurice Gunnin

Capturing the ephemeral and melding disparate musical pieces to create one coherent whole: that was the task which Mel Mercier set himself two years a(...)

‘The Wizard of Oz’ is being performed at Cork Opera House until August 26th. Photograph: John Allen

The Wizard of Oz ★★★★ Cork Opera House For a musical whose origins are so lost in a forest of derivatives that they do not rate a mention in the prog(...)

Handel’s Radamisto: The music-making, with David Brophy conducting the Irish Chamber Orchestra, was strong, sturdy but also a little stiff

If you take the overture and opening scene of Handel’s Radamisto as a cue for what is to come, you will figure that you are in for a good time. And, m(...)

Former artistic dirctor of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan claimed that the 2015 production of Romeo and Juliet (above) was so poorly attended that “we’ll be paying for it for two years”. Photograph:  Pat Redmond

There’s no accounting for taste, goes the old adage. But in the recent Bonnar Keenlyside report into the Gate Theatre, there is something like an audi(...)

Michael Colgan: he has forged indelible associations between the Gate and the works of Beckett, Friel and Pinter and  boosted the careers of Conor McPherson, Selina Cartmell and Wayne Jordan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

There is an anecdote that Michael Colgan, outgoing artistic director of the Gate Theatre in Dublin, likes to share with any acquaintances considering (...)

Life’s work: the first folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, from 1623. Photograph:  Graeme Robertson/Getty

Colm Tóibín Author Favourite play: Hamlet gave me permission to put an antic disposition on whenever the notion took me, to go all melancholy any(...)

Brechtian: Kate Brennan in Wayne Jordan’s production of The Plough and the Stars. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

When Seán O’Casey took his seat for the fourth night of his new drama The Plough and the Stars he dryly noted that two plays were actually taking plac(...)

Barry John O’Connor (Oedipus) and Muiris Crowley (Chorus) in Oedipus

Oedipus Abbey Theatre, Dublin **** The fate of Oedipus ought to be blindingly obvious. That’s as true for the protagonist of Sophocles’ classic, a rul(...)

Conor McPherson, director and playwright  in New York in 2013. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/New York Times

Conor McPherson, Brian Friel and Enda Walsh are just some of the Irish authors to feature in this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival. The programme has(...)

Revisiting Juno and the Paycock: Joe Dowling  rehearsing Seán O’Casey’s play with cast members at the Guthrie Theater. Photograph: Joan Marcus

Joe Dowling is standing in front of one of the Guthrie Theater’s three stages, in Minneapolis, giving notes to Mark Benninghofen, the American actor w(...)

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