Sara Keating

Sara Keating

Battle of the 1980s schoolgirls is comic nostalgia with heart

Battle of the 1980s schoolgirls is comic nostalgia with heart

Holy Mary Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire; on tour Rating: *** ‘Holy Mary, Holy Mary. Holes in ...

Spookily deep Halloween drama with extra treats for fans of classic horror

Spookily deep Halloween drama with extra treats for fans of classic horror

Writer Stewart Roche’s clever premise comes packed with allusion to greats of the gothic genre, across all media and timeframes

Unsettling look at sexual violence where there are no happy endings

Unsettling look at sexual violence where there are no happy endings

Rathmines Road Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre, Dublin Until October 27 Rating: *** ‘What the fuck...

Exquisite puppet show will delight Jeffers fans big and small alike

Exquisite puppet show will delight Jeffers fans big and small alike

Director Marc Mac Lochlainn joyfully indulges the undramatic moments of Jeffers’ story while adding his own signature: the battle between a seagull and a worm is one particularly memorable scene

Negga’s Hamlet brings fresh clarity to the court of Denmark

Negga’s Hamlet brings fresh clarity to the court of Denmark

This Hamlet belongs to the sad-eyed, slight and sulky Ruth Negga, whose vulnerability sharpens to vigour as her purpose becomes clear

McCabe’s masterwork still a visceral portrayal of a descent into psychosis

McCabe’s masterwork still a visceral portrayal of a descent into psychosis

Frank Pig Says Hello by Pat McCabe Gaiety Theatre, Dublin Rating: ***** On tour nationwide Frank ...

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...