Sara Keating

Sara Keating

Theatre: Fresh yet familiar Beauty Queen shows off McDonagh’s brilliance

Theatre: Fresh yet familiar Beauty Queen shows off McDonagh’s brilliance

McDonagh’s writing still sings with a sublime juxtaposition of parody and pantomime, travesty and tragedy

Atwood takes her latest tale to the stage

Atwood takes her latest tale to the stage

FICTION; Hag-Seed, By Margaret Atwood, Random House, €23

Theatre: Thought-provoking play puts mental illness in the spotlight

Theatre: Thought-provoking play puts mental illness in the spotlight

This is an issue that affects most individuals at some stage in their life

Theatre: History comes to life in an immersive 1916 reimagining

Theatre: History comes to life in an immersive 1916 reimagining

It soon becomes clear that the stories they are sharing are their experiences of the Rising itself

Parental tale veers towards sentimentality

Parental tale veers towards sentimentality

Fiction, A Boy Made of Blocks, By Keith Stuart, Sphere, €17.25

Festival highlight The Father strikes a familiar chord

Festival highlight The Father strikes a familiar chord

The Father is in the Gate Theatre, Rating until October 22

Theatre: Murphy’s rural tale of grief and reconciliation amongst women

Theatre: Murphy’s rural tale of grief and reconciliation amongst women

Director Padraic McIntyre embraces the musicality of Murphy’s writing

Hokey conclusion doesn’t hobble The Real Liddy James

Hokey conclusion doesn’t hobble The Real Liddy James

A lively little domestic drama

Brokentalkers’ distressing drama merits a second act

Brokentalkers’ distressing drama merits a second act

Brokentalkers is known for a resolutely ‘real’ style of theatre

McBride returns with tale of sexual awakening

McBride returns with tale of sexual awakening

Fiction, The Lesser Bohemians, By Eimear McBride , Faber & Faber, €19

Theatre: A lesser-known Alice through the looking glass

Theatre: A lesser-known Alice through the looking glass

Doherty does her best to bring life to the woman Yeats called “small and aggressive with observant curiosity”

Val McDermid delivers again with multilayered and compelling crime tale

Val McDermid delivers again with multilayered and compelling crime tale

In her 30th novel, McDermid proves herself to be as adept as ever at mixing thrilling crime fiction with psychological study

Surreal comedy is stuffed full of quirky moments

Surreal comedy is stuffed full of quirky moments

Taxidermist and philosopher Mahone is at the end of his tether ...

Theatre: Clowning around with the Bard’s classic characters

Theatre: Clowning around with the Bard’s classic characters

The stories of Shakespeare’s plays are sketched through liberal paraphrase

Theatre: Cutting Bernard Shaw’s fine romance down to size

Theatre: Cutting Bernard Shaw’s fine romance down to size

Halligan eschews any particular period flourish in his version of the play