Sara Keating

Sara Keating

An edgy drama is given room to challenge expectations

An edgy drama is given room to challenge expectations

The real draw of Stop/Over, made in collaboration with New York company On The Quays, is the innovative use of an unconventional space, the top floor of the Chocolate Factory

Making an unholy show of themselves

Making an unholy show of themselves

This year’s Dublin Theatre Festival is packed with provocative productions. Sara Keating previews some of the highlights

Derry’s troubled past explored in McGee’s uneven stage debut

Derry’s troubled past explored in McGee’s uneven stage debut

Girls and Dolls, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, By Lisa McGee, Rating: *** A flickering TV screen sets t...

How to navigate the Fringes of theatrical invention

How to navigate the Fringes of theatrical invention

Theatres in Dublin make way for the eclectic performance experiments of the Dublin Fringe Festiva...

O’Connor delves into Victorian London for a beautifully told story

O’Connor delves into Victorian London for a beautifully told story

Nuala O’Connor’s portrait of Victorian London is deeply researched but carried lightly across the page

Unexpectedly edgy comedy that’s just the Italian job

Unexpectedly edgy comedy that’s just the Italian job

With a running time of just 45 minutes, Roman Fever offers far more complexity than its summertime surface first suggests. It is frothy and funny, but also dark and deep

A modern mutation that unsettles and scares

A modern mutation that unsettles and scares

Michael West’s new play is a 'mutation' of Mary Shelley’s seminal novel. It accepts the general premise, but adds a contemporary edge by invoking current genetic and scientific concerns

Fresh new production of a challenging Boucicault classic

Fresh new production of a challenging Boucicault classic

The Shaughraun By Dion Boucicault Smock Alley Theatre: Main Space, Dublin Runs until September 1 ...

Boyne’s insider take on love and longing in the literary world

Boyne’s insider take on love and longing in the literary world

Fiction: A Ladder to the Sky, By John Boyne, Doubleday, €17.50 ‘Everyone has secrets,” writ...

A shortt hop to the dark stuff

A shortt hop to the dark stuff

Pat Shortt has made the move from madcap comedy to brooding theatre roles. The former D’Unbelievables star tells Sara Keating how he went about it

A homegrown musical with talent and magic to spare

A homegrown musical with talent and magic to spare

The Wizard of Oz Cork Opera House; runs until August 26 Rating: **** Victor Fleming’s 1939 musi...

Flawed two-hander about the trials and travails of gangster life

Flawed two-hander about the trials and travails of gangster life

There is not enough emotional range in the script to keep us engaged for Idlewild’s 90 minutes

Rearranging the Furniture with three short and snappy plays

Rearranging the Furniture with three short and snappy plays

Furniture/Shelter Mick Lally Theatre, Galway Rating: **** and *** Ends today What is furniture bu...

McMahon goes old school with a naturalistic family drama

McMahon goes old school with a naturalistic family drama

If the influence of institutional religion permeates the plot, Come On Home is nonetheless firmly set in post-Catholic Ireland

Reading for fun

Reading for fun

From lively board books to important life lessons for teenagers, Sara Keating has compiled a selection of books for children of all ages to enjoy this summer