What's on

at smock alley theatre

Check out our programme of upcoming events...

What's on
at smock alley theatre

Check out our programme of upcoming events...

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About Us


Smock Alley Theatre lies in an unassuming part of Dublin city. Nestled on the banks of the River Liffey, you would be forgiven for thinking it a quiet little building. Originally built in 1662, The Theatre Royal at Smock Alley gave the world the plays of George Farquhar (The Recruiting Officer), Oliver Goldsmith (She Stoops to Conquer) and Richard Brinsley Sheridan (The Rivals). 300 people attended the theatre each night, seven days a week to be enthralled, entertained and enlightened by actors, acrobats, dancers, musicians and trapeze artists. Now, 350 years after it was first built, the theatre has been carefully and lovingly restored to become Dublin’s Oldest Newest Theatre. It is now once again a bustling hub of theatre, song, dance, art and creativity.

12 - 29 Feb
Scene + Heard : The Festival of New Work

Scene + Heard – The Festival of New Work showcases the best tasters of never-before-seen live art from the North, South, East and West of Ireland. We programme a wide variety of wild and wonderful performances within 60 minutes at very happy prices. You can become part of the work by giving your expectations and review- by Secret Ballot, Video Booth or Tablet Tale.

This year is our biggest and boldest yet with 109 new works over 3 weeks.

Pick up a programme or peruse the online version below and get involved!

2 - 7 Mar

She wanted it rough. She was wearing a thong. She didn’t fight back. She shouldn’t have been drinking so much. I paid her for it.

All of these have been presented as legitimate defences for rape, and sometimes murder. Angry? Confused? So is Rowena.

Rowena wants to understand consent. She wants to understand pornography and kink and sex work. She wants to understand how women’s bodies, her body, became the property of the media and a broken legal system.

The trouble is, nobody else wants to talk about it.

18 – 28 Mar
The Lonsdale Project

The Lonsdale Project is a new theatre show about the life and work of Kathleen Lonsdale – chemist, crystallographer, anti-war campaigner, writer, mother, and former inmate of Holloway Prison.

Despite being a pioneering scientist born in Newbridge in 1903, Kathleen Lonsdale’s name and legacy are curiously unknown by the Irish public. Super Paua aims to change that, and so have created The Lonsdale Project to celebrate her life, her writings, and her adventures in x-ray diffraction, crystallography and War!

A theatrical, playful and highly original production for audiences young and old!

31 Mar – 4 Apr
Catch of the Day

One fish can make a big splash.

Ireland, 1966. Joe Welch, a skipper, sails into Dingle Bay with a very unusual catch…what follows is a ridiculous series of events, involving Eamon De Valera, Queen Elizabeth and a whole lot of nuns.

A true story, Catch of The Day is a raucous and little-bit-political play
with a lot of heart, a lot of laughs and live trad-inspired music, all set in
a Dingle pub.

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