Jean Butler and Neil Martin in This Is an Irish Dance: “We wanted to make this really connected,” says Martin, “to get to a place where the movement was unconscious, and intuitive,” adds Butler.

There is an unmistakably relaxed air about the choreographer and performer Jean Butler as she talks about her new work, This Is an Irish Dance. Arou(...)

Siobhán McSweeney and Shane Casey star in  Autumn Royal. Photograph: Darragh Kane

★★★★ Everyman, Cork A Babel tower of washing machines confronts the audience at Autumn Royal, Kevin Barry’s deliberately confined new play. The s(...)

Danse, Morob: Olwen Fouéré in Laurent Gaudé’s play. Photograph: Luca Truffarelli

A woman advances through mist and forest, led by a pack of yelping, growling dogs. It was the first image that came to the award-winning French novel(...)

Bosco meets Erik Sprague aka The Lizardman in Dublin’s Smithfield for the 2016 Laya City Spectacular. This year’s event takes place from July 7th-9th (Dublin), 15th-16th (Cork). Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

JANUARY Out to Lunch January 6th-29th Take a trip to Belfast for a mind-expanding programme that includes music from James Vincent McMorrow, a live(...)

John Scott in rehearsals with Kevin Coquelard, Mufutau Yusuf and Ryan O’Neill for Precious Metal and Night Wandering. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In 1991, Irish Modern Dance Theatre received its first Arts Council grant, along with nine other dance companies. Twenty-five years later, it is the o(...)

Aissa Sow: ‘I have more friends here now than I did in my country’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The day Aissa Sow moved into the direct provision centre in Newbridge, Co Kildare, she had just begun fasting for Ramadan. Exhausted by the move from (...)

Inmates out: Andrew Bennett and Mark O’Halloran in The Importance of Nothing

The Importance of Nothing  ★★★ Project Arts Centre, Dublin All art is quite useless, Oscar Wilde famously declared, so he should be amused to (...)

Supporters of the Waking The Feminists campaign on the Rosie Hackett bridge in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

At this week’s Waking The Feminists event – held to mark the year-long gender equality campaign – speakers were invited to offer “one more thing” to (...)

Lucky Khambyle, Aissatou Sow and Ellie Kisyombe,  staff at Our Table at the  Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar. Photograph: Allen Kiely

The actor Stephen Rea became the first official customer of Our Table, a pop-up cafe in Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar on Tuesday morning. The ca(...)

John Behan’s “The Bull of Easter II”: “an ingenious amalgam of biology and technology”

John Behan: Past and Present Solomon Fine Art, Dublin **** He may be in his late 70s, but John Behan, recognised as one of Ireland’s leading sculpt(...)

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