Selina Cartmell, director of the Gate Theatre in Dublin. In Cartmell’s new 12-month season, 83 per cent of the productions will be directed by women. Photograph: Agata Stoinska

Artists are not widget-makers; the creative process differs fundamentally from tractor production. That’s why activities such as collecting data, calc(...)

Laurie Anderson at the National Concert Hall.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Audiences are not a fixed entity, and neither are cultural institutions nor venues. Adapt or die, and all that. As a teenager, I sang in choirs at the(...)

Selina Cartmell (middle of front row) at the launch of her inaugural season at the Gate Theatre with a number of artistic collaborators.

The Gate Theatre has announced details of its first season since the departure of its long-standing director Michael Colgan, who retired last month. O(...)

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(...)

Guarding the Gate

A year to its 90th anniversary, the Gate Theatre recently entered a new phase in its history with the appointment of its first female director, Selina(...)

Fiona Bell and Denis Conway in a production of  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Gate Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The existing operating model of the Gate Theatre, which has combined losses of more than €900,000 in 2013 and 2015, is being “stretched to the point o(...)

Selina Cartmell on the roof of the Gate Theatre: “I hope artists  will feel it is a theatrical home for them to create their strongest work, their most inspired work.” Photograph: Agata Stoinska

On a recent afternoon in Dublin, which the spring sunshine had made seem for a moment like a different city, Selina Cartmell ascended, via a rust-cove(...)

The final public event after a full year of campaigning by Waking the Feminists took place on the Rosie Hackett bridge, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Top-funded Irish theatre organisations have the worst records for gender equality in the industry, according to research compiled for the Waking the F(...)

Family and members of the Cavaliers Cricket Club at the funeral of Fergus Linehan in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Fergus Linehan’s funeral was an occasion to mourn “but also to give thanks for our gentle, kind, brilliant, generous, erudite husband, Dad, Papa, who (...)

Christine Clare as Marianne in Three Sisters

Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival Lyric Theatre, Belfast ★★ The elegant, poetic spirit of Anton Chekhov is but a distant echo in (...)

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