Theatre: A year of agony and ecstasy for Irish stage

The fortunes of companies and performers fluctuated hugely during this year of extreme challenges

Domhnall Gleeson as psychiatric patient John and Clare Barrett in Enda Walsh’s play Medicine, by Landmark Productions. Picture: Jessica Shurte

This time last year, there seemed no prospect of theatres reopening. A few venues had managed to raise their curtains since Covid-19 entered our lives, but most stages around the country had gone dark in March 2020 and stayed that way.

Still there was optimism in the air as 2021 began and Irish producers started creating new work specifically for streaming purposes. Landmark Productions made the biggest impact on this front. Its Landmark Live programme ...