Sara Keating

Sara Keating

Stripped-back reworking of O’Casey classic is diverting but a little slight

Stripped-back reworking of O’Casey classic is diverting but a little slight

Joxer Daly Esq Mermaid Theatre, Bray On tour Rating: *** In his 1923 play Juno and the Paycock, S...

A troubled heroine steals the show in Dublin drama

A troubled heroine steals the show in Dublin drama

Clare Monnelly’s play is structured as a 24-hour odyssey through the Dublin suburbs, but what distinguishes it is its female protagonist

The outsider

The outsider

Novelist Jess Kidd grew up in London, but made frequent family trips to Mayo - and her childhood experience of Irish storytelling deeply informs her writing, not least in her new book Things In Jars, writes Sara Keating

O’Brien’s coming-of-age classic loses its edge in nostalgic adaptation

O’Brien’s coming-of-age classic loses its edge in nostalgic adaptation

The Country Girls Abbey Theatre, Dublin Rating: ** Until April 6 When it was first published in 1...

No tea party: This is a dark and dizzying Alice for nostalgic adults

No tea party: This is a dark and dizzying Alice for nostalgic adults

Jocelyn Clarke’s fluid adaptation for Sligo’s Blue Raincoat Theatre foregrounds Carroll’s adult gaze by giving us two Alices

A sheep odyssey that’s perfect for pulling the wool over kids’ eyes

A sheep odyssey that’s perfect for pulling the wool over kids’ eyes

Woolly’s Quest Mermaid Theatre, Bray, Co Wicklow On tour Rating: **** Have you heard of Woolly,...

An act of disclosure that gives a voice to the HIV experience

An act of disclosure that gives a voice to the HIV experience

The shame of living with HIV is a central theme of every story we hear in Rapids, from gay men to migrant women to drug addicts

Shifting identities challenge an audience’s assumptions

Shifting identities challenge an audience’s assumptions

Heather Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin Until February 23 Rating: **** Just this month, interna...

Inspiring songs of what went Before

Inspiring songs of what went Before

Before is set in Clery’s department store on the day the 'palatial mart', 'this palace of memories', closes down after 160 years of trading

Caricature gets the better of satire in Gaiety’s Cripple

Caricature gets the better of satire in Gaiety’s Cripple

The Cripple of Inishmaan Gaiety Theatre Until March 9 Rating: *** In 1934, American film director...

Likes and hearts for millennial comedy about life lived online

Likes and hearts for millennial comedy about life lived online

Ali Hardiman’s writing is smart and the comedy is stinging, using popular cultural tropes to probe a superficial facade

Strong perfomances and direction support an uneven double bill

Strong perfomances and direction support an uneven double bill

The Ridleys The Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre Until January 26 Rating: *** Theatre Upstairs ...

Moving depiction of mental health matters and a mother’s demise

Moving depiction of mental health matters and a mother’s demise

The Scourge is being presented as part of First Fortnight, the arts festival focused on mental health, which runs nationally throughout January, and the play raises important issues about some of the most challenging aspects of life

Post-9/11 musical tells an upbeat tale

Post-9/11 musical tells an upbeat tale

COME FROM AWAY By Irene Sankoff and David Hein Abbey Theatre, Dublin Until January 19 Rating: ***...

The Shows To See This Year

The Shows To See This Year

Sweeney Todd Stephen Sondheim’s gloriously ghoulish musical about the “demon barber of Fleet ...