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Hidden magic

Hidden magic

Subtle spookiness abounds in Sarah Maria Griffin’s enthralling new novel Other Words for Smoke, featuring suburban tarot readings and two teenage protagonists who will fascinate young people and grown-ups alike, writes Anna Carey

Album reviews

Album reviews

Revival of Williams’s classic eventually hits a Glass ceiling

Revival of Williams’s classic eventually hits a Glass ceiling

Album reviews

Album reviews

Putting an absurdist slant on a traditonal father-son tale

Putting an absurdist slant on a traditonal father-son tale

Mark Doherty’s 2004 play Trad charts the emotional and physical journey that a dying father and his ageing son take in a bid to secure the family’s future: that their name lives on.

Galway Theatre Festival

Galway Theatre Festival

Australia’s rising star to soar in West Wicklow

Australia’s rising star to soar in West Wicklow

The West Wicklow Festival is just three years old, but is already bristling with confidence and bursting with ambition

Birr gets a Crash start and an operatic boost

Birr gets a Crash start and an operatic boost

Critical mass

Critical mass

Comedy screenwriter Adam Kay’s memoir of his years as a junior doctor in Britain’s NHS is a riot of oddball characters and inexplicable situations. But his old line of work comes with a dark side, writes Tanya Sweeney

Bloated saga reaches a dizzying end

Bloated saga reaches a dizzying end

Reversing gender’s rigid norms with a truly playful performance

Reversing gender’s rigid norms with a truly playful performance

‘I think the reason I get on well with porn people is that I’m not dissimilar to them. They’re creative people and they’re on the outside, and I’ve always felt like an outsider’

‘I think the reason I get on well with porn people is that I’m not dissimilar to them. They’re creative people and they’re on the outside, and I’ve always felt like an outsider’

From psychology-driven books, TV documentaries and screenplays to his recent podcasts investigating the adult film industry, Jon Ronson’s career is nothing if not varied. But one common thread is his holding a light up to people on the fringes.

Lyric fm sends out May Day call for its birthday

Lyric fm sends out May Day call for its birthday

Lyric has been on the airwaves now for 20 years and is celebrating with a gala concert with the RTÉ NSO in the NCH on Saturday, May 1

Chess with Sam Collins

Chess with Sam Collins

Vladislav Artemiev vs Zbynek Hracek, European Championship, Skopje, 2019

War Horse continues to dazzle a decade after its first performance

War Horse continues to dazzle a decade after its first performance

Using puppetry and song, directors Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris achieve an epic theatrical transformation of Michael Morpurgo’s affecting story, which revolves around a young man, Albert (Scott Miller), and his horse, Joey