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Theatre: A Godot that’s worth the wait

Theatre: A Godot that’s worth the wait

Masterful performances and minimal staging at the Abbey make Druid’s take on the Samuel Beckett classic as timely and vital as ever, writes Ciara L Murphy

School of hard knocks

School of hard knocks

When Girl With A Pearl Earring author Tracy Chevalier was asked to reimagine Shakespeare’s Othello, she tackled the play on her own terms by moving the action to a racially-fraught playground in 1970s Washington

Film: Fassbender breaks new ground

Film: Fassbender breaks new ground

Fassbender’s gives a spectacular performance as the impenetrable agent of chaos, conspiracy and disaster

Classical Notes: London prize sees Wexford get off to a winning start

Classical Notes: London prize sees Wexford get off to a winning start

It is the third major award it has scooped in recent years

Chess with Sam Collins

Chess with Sam Collins

Matthew Sadler - Jonathan Speelman

Brick by brick: inside the V&A's Pink Floyd retrospective

Brick by brick: inside the V&A's Pink Floyd retrospective

The major exhibition opened yesterday at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Ros Drinkwater meets its creative director Aubrey Powell, whose association with the band goes back half a century

Television: Uncle Sam and his furtive Irish nephews

Television: Uncle Sam and his furtive Irish nephews

Irish politicians have made something of a fetish of proclaiming that emigration has taken “the best and the brightest”

Previews of the week

Previews of the week

TV, downloads and films

Who fears to speak of Repeal?

Who fears to speak of Repeal?

Maz and Bricks is an important, timely play, but, crucially, it is also a really enjoyable one

Albums of the week

Albums of the week

That Sinkane feeling

That Sinkane feeling

It started as a solo project, but Ahmed Gallab’s Sinkane has swelled to a six-piece band that’s sure to be one of the star attractions at the upcoming Body & Soul festival in Westmeath, writes Nadine O’Regan

McGuinness and Paisley: Unlikely double act fails to catch fire

McGuinness and Paisley: Unlikely double act fails to catch fire

Strained and clumsy dialogue, while the more obvious grandstanding moments struggle to connect

Classical Notes: Mansions festival buoyed by growing popularity

Classical Notes: Mansions festival buoyed by growing popularity

Anybody even remotely interested in Irish music history will be familiar with Tom Moore

Chess with Sam Collins

Chess with Sam Collins

A wonderful result, which I hope will inspire all Irish junior players

Plenty of twists at the end of the Line

Plenty of twists at the end of the Line

Jed Mercurio’s drama, which ended hypnotically if rather chaotically, will no doubt be returning