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!

27 Jan - 1 Feb

Sophie and Ben love each other a lot, but sometimes, they make that a bit too difficult for themselves.

Two twenty-somethings who are trying to find their way in the world, they guide us through their lives of low-key alcoholism, deeply rooted regret, and unfortunate sexual mishaps.

Presented by Binge Theatre

2 + 3 Feb

Back by Public Demand!

With just her sax and a suitcase, Zandra Mitchell joined a jazz band and toured the world.

Born in Phibsborough, Dublin in 1903, she was Ireland’s first female saxophonist. While the twenties roared she found her way through Europe to Berlin. The dictators rose; the books burned; the bombs dropped…and Zandra played her sax.

Darn Skippy Productions present Zandra, Queen of Jazz — a play with original music, based on an extraordinary true story.

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.

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