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Back to the very beginning

Back to the very beginning

Pat Barker tells Anna Carey how her latest novel – a reimagining of Homer’s epic from the point of view of Trojan women stolen by the Greeks – was inspired by a line from Philip Roth, and why she feels psychoanalysis would ruin her writing

Album Reviews

Album Reviews

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

Talking trash

Talking trash

Shirley Manson, the Scottish frontwoman of indie veterans Garbage, is excited to be coming back to play in Ireland for the first time since 1999

A Baltimore birthday for Bernstein

A Baltimore birthday for Bernstein

Next Wednesday, the world-renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform, on his centenary year, a special Bernstein birthday concert at the NCH

Chess with Sam Collins

Chess with Sam Collins

Jon Ludvig Hammer vs Vincent Keymer, Xtracon Chess Open, 2018

Emer’s week

Emer’s week

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

Album reviews

Album reviews

A shortt hop to the dark stuff

A shortt hop to the dark stuff

Pat Shortt has made the move from madcap comedy to brooding theatre roles. The former D’Unbelievables star tells Sara Keating how he went about it

Album Reviews

Album Reviews

Fresh new production of a challenging Boucicault classic

Fresh new production of a challenging Boucicault classic

California’s youth orchestra stirs up an old television flashback

California’s youth orchestra stirs up an old television flashback

A collective triumph as Ulysses arrives in Ireland at last

A collective triumph as Ulysses arrives in Ireland at last

The great Gadsby

The great Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby’s electrifying, not-so-funny stand-up special has started a cultural conversation about storytelling, identity, and what comedy even is, writes Thomas Ricard