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FESTIVAL

16 – 20 Jan 2017

Smock Allies: Scene + Heard

The festival of New Work

Smock Allies : Scene + Heard is platform for work that is in development. We provide a safe environment with feedback and encouragement to support artists to make new work within the arts. We believe in breaking down barriers to showcase work that is accessible to all, across a variety of disciplines.

OPERA

3 + 4 FEB 2017

Susanna by G.F. Handel

DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama

Handel’s inspiring work brings to life an ageless tale of corruption, courage and vindication. The story tells of the attempted rape of an innocent woman
by two Elders in a close-knit community. Susanna is falsely accused of promiscuity and condemned to death, but the day is saved by the young judge Daniel.


THEATRE

16 – 20 Jan 2017

The Spinning Heart

Ariculate Anatomy Theatre

Everyone loves Bobby Mahon. Everyone that is, except his Da. Revered by his men on the building site, captain of the team that almost won the county final, loved by his wife, Triona, only Bobby himself knows the dark thoughts that prey on his mind, presaging tragic events to come.

THEATRE

24th – 28th Jan 2017

And Then There Were None

No Drama Theatre

Ten strangers receive a mysterious invite to a dinner party on an isolated island. One by one, their various sordid pasts catch up with them.


THEATRE

16 – 20 Jan 2017

Shakespeare for Schools

Gaiety School of Acting

The National Theatre School of Ireland offers Junior Cycle students a choice of two of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, with opportunities to see them at theatres in Dublin, Cork and Portlaoise. This January they perform The Merchant of Venice.

THEATRE

17 – 21 Jan 2017

God Has No Country

Donal Courtney

A dramatic re-telling of the war time exploits of Irish priest Hugh O’Flaherty and how he saved the lives of 6,500 people in Rome during World War 2.


THEATRE

6 – 10 Feb 2017

Shakespeare for Schools

Gaiety School of Acting

The National Theatre School of Ireland offers Junior Cycle students a choice of two of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, with opportunities to see them at theatres in Dublin, Cork and Portlaoise. This February they perform Romeo and Juliet.

YOGA WORKSHOP

14th Jan 2017

WILD Intentions

Lee Tracey

A healthy dose of top notch yoga led by Lee Tracey, accompanied by amazing live musician Gary Dunne, followed by some delicious bites from the good folks of Blazing Salads, topped off with a talk on all things meditation by the fantastic Alison Canavan.


COMEDY

12th Jan 2017

Comedy Corner

FirstFortnight Festival 2017

Queens of droll Eleanor Tiernan and Grainne McKeever present their latest material back-to-back in this FirstFortnight special event.

THEATRE

9th – 14th Jan 2017

Half Light

FirstFortnight Festival 2017

Meet Robin, a ten-year-old boy travelling through the magic, fantastical woodland of his father’s storybook. A tale which is as true as it is untrue; simultaneously fact and fiction. Chaotic yet controlled. Childish yet adult. Half dark and half light.


REHEARSED READING

7th Jan 2017

Pol Na Mone

FirstFortnight Festival 2017

Pol na Mone is Sunday’s Child new interactive theatre piece exploring mental health, identity and how a series of disastrous decisions can change your life forever. We meet Collete, Sabhdh and Jamie, three characters all facing unique life crises.

STORYTELLING

5th Jan 2017

Ancient Echoes from the River of Time

Illuminate Herstory Event

This special evening in conjunction with the nationwide Illuminate Herstory Light Festival, will bring together storyteller Sorcha Hegarty of Candlelit Tales, mythologist and tour guide Treasa Kerrigan of Sacred Sites of Ireland, and the artwork of Jim Fitzpatrick and Courtney Davis, accompanied by the Candlelit Tales musicians.


THEATRE

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12th – 17th Dec 2016

Reasons to be Pretty

Untold Wants

The Irish premiere of Neil LaBute’s play ‘Reasons to Be Pretty.Who are we when all the cards are on the table? When excuses and distractions lose their power, what will we have to show? Are we pretty enough?

THEATRE

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8th – 10th Dec 2016

Bad Sunday + Incensed

Black Box to Red Carpet Theatre

Two new works of theatre from Black Box to Red Carpet Theatre …. Bad Sunday: Mark Wale’s comedy about a Sunday drive gone awry takes the audience on a riotous journey from Phibsboro to Howth Head.Incensed: Three women attend one man’s funeral but who are they and how did they know him? What connects them?


THEATRE

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6th + 7th Dec 2016

Tape

Fregoli Theatre

Tape tackles questions of motive, memory, truth and perception and this production will be characteristic of Fregoli’s energetic and captivating style.

CHRISTMAS SHOW

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5th – 23rd Dec 2016

The Snow Queen

Smock Alley Theatre 1662

Gerda and Kay live in a watery town in a watery world. Some time ago, there occurred on Earth a seismic event known as ‘The Melting’, and since then there has not been a single flake of snow nor a single cube of ice. As such, Christmas has been cancelled. Forever.


THEATRE DOUBLE BILL

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21st Nov – 3rd Dec 2016

Unshakeable Spirits: Double Bill

Biscuits for Breakfasts in association with NewDay Productions

Two strong willed women, on two different journeys… both with stubborn Irish blood which compels them to speak the truth and conquer adversity. These two one-woman plays explore their memoirs & inspirational stories in this exciting evening of new writing.

THEATRE/DINNER

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28th Nov – 1st Dec + 4th Dec 2016

‘Twas the Night Before Murder

Catastrophe Theatre Company

A troupe of professional actors interact with guests throughout a three course meal and reveal clues and information leading to the identity of the killer.


THEATRE/SCIENCE

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17th Nov 2016

To Space

Dr. Niamh Shaw

Part comedy memoir and part fascinating space lecture with watercolour-based ghostly landscapes, this captivating performance explores the beauty, darkness and humanity of space, while begging the question- ‘What do you do with impossible Dreams?’

THEATRE/DANCE

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15th – 18th Nov 2016

Shadows of the Táin

Candlelit Tales

Candlelit Tales bring their unique telling of the Tain Bo Cualigne to life with a new and exciting element of shadow puppetry. Atmospheric, evocative, and lyrically beautiful, audiences will hear this ancient story as it has never been told before.


BOOK FESTIVAL

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10th – 13th Nov 2016

Dublin Book Festival 2016

Dublin Book Festival

Dublin Book Festival present their annual festival, with talks, presentations and speakers on the latest contemporary literature. Complete with their own festival bookshop and coffee shop, Smock Alley is delighted to be the festival hub.

THEATRE

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7th – 10th + 16th Nov 2016

God has no Country

Donal Courtney

Monseigneur Hugh O’Flaherty saved the lives of over 3500 people during Wolrd War 2 in Rome. Actor and writer Donal Courtney transforms his story onto the stage in this new production.


THEATRE

Normal

24th Oct – 5th Nov 2016

Normal

Restless Ecstasy

Sadist, sexual predator, murderer and necrophile, Peter Kurten is a monster by anybody’s definition. But is he insane? Restless Ecstasy bring Anthony Neilson’s Normal to the Boys School.

THEATRE

TheQuareFellow

17th – 22nd Oct 2016

The Quare Fellow

Money for the Sun Productions

Money for the Sun Productions present Brendan Behan’s, The Quare Fellow. Exposed to gruesome crimes and in turn corporal and capital punishment, the men wrestle with what it is to be human and at times seem totally desensitized to the imminent ‘topping’ of ‘The Quare Fellow’.


FESTIVAL

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11th – 15th Oct 2016

IMRAM

Irish Language Literature Festival

IMRAM Irish literature festival is the annual festival that showcases the richness of contemporary Irish literature. Through a combination of different events which includes prose, poetry and music, the latest of Irish literature is brought to audiences.

THEATRE

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4th – 8th Oct 2016

Death at Intervals

Dublin Theatre Festival

Inspired by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago’s darkly humorous novel and developed in collaboration with an award winning creative team, Death at Intervals combines theatre, music and original song lyrics in an unconventional and touching duet between death and her musician.


MUSIC LAUNCH

The Weathered Stone

28th Sep 2016

The Weathered Stone

Ergodos

Dublin composer Benedict Schlepper-Connolly launches his new album The Weathered Stone with an immersive performance of beautiful and intricate compositions.

FESTIVAL

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10th – 25th Sep 2016

Fringe Festival 2016

Tiger Dublin Fringe

Fringe is a curated, multi-disciplinary festival and year-round organisation focusing on fresh and innovative approaches to the arts from Irish and international makers.


THEATRE

Alice Milligan

1st Sep 2016

Alice Milligan: A Girl of Genius

Aisling Ghear

Aisling Ghéar celebrates the life of one of the most iconic figures in Irish cultural history, Alice Milligan.

THEATRE

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22nd – 27th Aug 2016

As You Like It

Arclight Studio

Filled with laughter and music, Shakespeare’s As You Like It is romantic comedy at its most delightful.


THEATRE/DANCE

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17th – 20th Aug 2016

The Dream of Eithlinn

Candlelit Tales

An original dance theatre show, we blend traditional storytelling with live original music, song and contemporary dance, to steal your imagination away.

THEATRE

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15th + 16th Aug 2016

Gondla

Meaney Productions

An Irishman is punished for marrying an Icelandic princess. With an ensemble cast of 10 characters and a live score, this production of “Gondla” is the first since it was staged in Russia in 1920.


THEATRE

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2nd Aug- 3rd Sep

Pygmalion

Smock Alley Theatre

Smock Alley presents as its sixth in-house production, Bernard Shaw’s most popular and best loved play.

THEATRE

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1st – 6th Aug 2016

Eamonn (From Menswear)

Ill-Advised

Eamonn (From Menswear) is a stylish, political and provocative fashion-infused musical dealing with the idea of a nation slowly ridding itself of the stratification of race, gender, sexuality and religion.


THEATRE

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25th – 30th July 2016

The Sadness of the Little Sparrow

Les Enfants Terribles

What if you were invited by world famous French chanteuse, Edith Piaf into her dressing room to relive her earthly journey with all its pain, sorrow, joy, success and many love affairs?

FESTIVAL

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20th – 24th Jul 2016

Festival of Curiosity

Various Artists

The Festival of Curiosity takes a brand new, innovative & research led approach to audience participation and engagement in science, arts, design & technology for all ages and has sold out every year since it’s inception.


MUSIC/DANCE

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18th Jul 2016

Insight #4

Tacquin and Jessie Keenan Dance

Taquin are a super-group of three of Ireland’s finest musicians. For one night only, they join forces with three dancers to present exciting performances of five new musical works and five new choreographed pieces by Jessie Keenan.

DANCE

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14th Jul 2016

Illuminated Passages

Lauren Spiers

An exciting debut performance of 3 new ballet works by NYC ballerina Lauren Speirs. Performed by a small troupe of professional dancers from companies all over the world.


THEATRE

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13th Jul 2016

En Masse

Ragamuffin Collective

Ragamuffin Collective is delighted to present En Masse, a night of original theatre by The Gaiety School of Acting’s Class of 2016. The evening will showcase 18 pieces of new writing.

THEATRE

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11th – 13th + 16th Jul 2016

The Spinning Heart

Articulate Anatomy

This stage adaptation of the award-winning novel is given its world premiere by Articulate Anatomy and preserves the original structure and narrative style while highlighting, often with a scabrous humour, the toll in human terms of recent times in Ireland.


THEATRE

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10th – 12th Jul 2016

King Lear

Purplecoat Productions

After their sell out Twelfth Night and five star Hamlet, PurpleCoat return to Smock Alley at the start of a UK and Ireland tour with Shakespeare’s greatest play, King Lear.

THEATRE/SPOKEN WORD

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9th Jul 2016

No Borders

Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity

No Borders is a theatre event that will raise funds for Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity.The show will feature a series of one-act plays, two performances of poetry and a musical performance, all of which deal the effects of war and having to leave one’s homeland.


THEATRE

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27th Jun – 9th Jul 2016

Tender Napalm

Good Buzz Productions

A heightened love story filled with poetic intensity and a language that seethes and burns. A couple navigate their way through the passionate battlefield of a relationship, leaving a blazing trail of destruction in their wake in Philip Ridley’s highly charged play.

THEATRE

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24th + 25th Jun 2016

Moliere| All Rise: A Double Bill

GSA YTC

A double bill of theatre from the Gaiety School of Acting’s Youth Theatre Company, restoration pieces by Moliere and a new courtroom drama by Seamus Quinn


THEATRE

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21st -25th Jun 2016

Proclamation

The Gaiety School of Acting

100 years ago the leaders of the Irish Rebellion stood up and declared their resolve to pursue the happiness of the whole nation; 100 years later, in a new play written and directed by Ronan Dempsey, the graduating class of The Gaiety School of Acting holds a mirror up to Ireland in 2016.

THEATRE

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14th – 18th Jun 2016

The Boyz of Harcourt Street

Rocket Octopus

A high­ octane play about three twenty-­something men, D’arce, Fosterson and the Gavmeister, who live, work and play on Harcourt Street.When the clock strikes five the music kicks in, the ties are loosened and the desks are, quite literally, overturned.


THEATRE

The Trial

14th – 18th Jun 2016

The Trail 

No Drama Theatre

Someone must have been lying about Joseph K, for without having done anything wrong, he was arrested. A man wakes up and is arrested. He tries to find out why and fails. The end.

SPOKEN WORD

Kate Tempest

10th Jun 2016

Kate Tempest

The Gutter Bookshop

One of the biggest names in spoken word, Kate Tempest’s powerful storytelling and unique delivery has seen her cross over between the worlds of poetry and hip-hop, embraced by both the literary and music camps.


DANCE

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5th Jun 2016

Down the Milky Way 

Myart School of Dance

MyArt is a unique creative school, which provides both dance and visual art education for children and adults with no age limit.

THEATRE

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4th Jun 2016

InSight #3

Irish Composers Collective & Tonnta Music

InSight showcases 20 new musical works presented with visual interpretations, including dance, animation, projection, and simply the physical body in space.


THEATRE

69 Shades of Gay

30th May – 4th Jun 2016

69 Shades of Gay 

ZAC Entertainment Group

Aiden’s spending the afternoon going through his smart phone, getting rid of texts, dodgy snaps, phone numbers and, of course, the apps – Grindr, Gaydar, Growlr… But there’s nothing like a mammoth deleting session to send a boy down memory lane. And Aiden has a lot of memories – 68 boyfriends’ worth. And he has some corking tales to share…all will be revealed – and more – in the funny, filthy 69 Shades of Gay.

THEATRE

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1+2 Jun 2016

Malacoda’s Bridge – The Ninth Circle of Hell

The Gaiety School of Acting in collaboration with Southern Illinois School of Music

Raya is desperate to escape. Even her lover, Tam, fails her when she most needs him. Her road is littered with the corpses of those who have come before her. There are plenty of offers of help for a beautiful young woman. Who can she trust?


FESTIVAL

International Literature Festival Dublin

21st – 29th May 2016

International Literature Festival Dublin 

Various Artists

With readings, discussions, debates,workshops, performance and screenings, the festival creates a hotbed of ideas. Whether it’s the mix poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, lyricists, playwrights and screenwriters, International Literature Festival Dublin brings new faces and house-hold names together in ways that suprise and inspire. Children’s fiction is well represented and we are spoilt for choice with the calibre of Irish language writers. Come celebrate many specially commissioned events in the City of Words.

THEATRE

Theatre of Menace

20th + 21st May 2016

Theatre of Menace

Purplecoat Productions

Award winning PurpleCoat return to Smock Alley after their five-star Hamlet and Twelfth Night, with an evening of short work by Harold Pinter. See how Pinter’s work developed over his career with a selection of lesser known short pieces that ineviutably shaped his masterpieces such as The Caretaker and The Homecoming, and see exactly why his dark creations came to be known as the Theatre of Menace.


THEATRE

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16th + 17th May 2016

Noser Business

Clown Noir

A one hour-long physical comedy that combines clown, storytelling and circus skills. Joe Bloodworth, a homeless old clown, busks for money. Yet the audience does not go to see his skills they go to listen to the stories of his past. Exotic tales from St Petersburg, the glamour, the drink, and the mafia. We listen as the Iron curtain falls and Joe heads for the border back into Europe before returning home penny-less, with just the objects and memories he’s collected along the way but ultimately free and happy.

LIVE COOKING SHOW

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12th May 2016

Art-Meat-Flesh

Science Gallery Dublin

Artmeatflesh is a live cooking show, hosted by bioartist Oron Catts, forces two teams of artists, scientists and philosophers to face-off in a kitchen, where they will confront lab grown meat, future food cults, a secret ingredient and the very strong stomachs of the audience. Join us to taste, debate, embrace or reject a future where meat derived from animals has disappeared entirely.


THEATRE

Previous Shows

3rd – 7th May 2016

The Big Fellow

Co-Motion Media in assoc with Drogheda Arts Festival

A non-stop, edge-of-your-seat theatrical adventure, laced with scenes of daring, intrigue and humour. With original music by ex-Waterboys’ Colin Blakey, this is the compelling story of Michael Collins’ rise from unknown volunteer to military leader who brought down an empire only to meet his death at the hands of former comrades.

THEATRE

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28th – 30th April 2016

Coram Boy

Dublin Academy of Dramatic Arts

Set in England in the 18th century, Coram Boy is the epic and sometimes disturbing tale of Otis Gardiner and his son, Meshak. An exciting and dramatic play originally written as a book for young adults and beautifully adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson with a soundtrack by Adrian Sutton.


MUSIC

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27th April 2016

Insight #2

Irish Composers Collective & Tonnta Music

Smock Alley Theatre plays host to four evenings of the aural and the visual, brought together. From March to July, InSight showcases 20 new musical works presented with visual interpretations, including dance, animation, projection, and simply the physical body in space. Brought to you by the Irish Composers’ Collective, Tonnta Music and Smock Alley Theatre.

THEATRE

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27th + 28th April 2016

Stags and Hens

DIT Drama Society

Unknown to each other, Linda and Dave have decided to have their respective hen and stag parties in the same tacky Dublin club – or more accurately, in its toilets. With the girls applying make­up, doing their hair and crying in cubicles, and the boys puking into the lavatory and drawing on the walls, the whole of Stags and Hens takes place in the Ladies and Gents.


MUSIC

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26th April 2016

Fallen Bired EP Launch

In The Willows

In The Willows release their new EP ‘Fallen Bird’. The artwork for the album was created by Oscar nominated illustrator Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea).

THEATRE

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25th + 26th April 2016

Punk Rock

DIT Drama Society

Edgy and acute, Punk Rock is a slow-building story of violence at school, told with compelling depth and tension. The play introduces us to seven high- achieving teenagers at a fee-paying grammar school. They are holed up in the Upper School library, tucked away from supervision, revising — or not, as the case may be — for their mock A-Levels.


THEATRE

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22nd April 2016

Testimonies

Smashing Times Theatre Company

The performance of the highly acclaimed Testimonies by Paul Kennedy and Mary Moynihan consists of dramatic monologues adapted from experiences of those who have lost loved ones to suicide and the experiences of those who have been through a suicidal or mental health crisis and survived.

THEATRE

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21st April 2016

The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of 1916

Smashing Times Theatre Company

The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of 1916 reflects on the experiences of Helena Molony, Margaret Skinnider, Madeleine French-Mullen, Dr Kathleen Lynn, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and Elizabeth Farrell and their experiences as part of the 1916 Rising.


NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

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21st April 2016

An Artists Vision for Ireland National Symspoium

Smashing Times Theatre Company

Smashing Times held a day-long event Echoes of 1916, consisting of an Artist’s Vision for Ireland national symposium with key note speakers Deirdre Kinahan, playwright and Dr Eric Weitz, Associate Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies, Trinity College Dublin.

THEATRE

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April Bright

Inchicore College of Further Education & Cored Productions

A young couple’s arrival in their new home is disturbed by a caller from the past, whose presence unleashes the joys and tragedies of previous lives buried within those walls. A young couple’s arrival in their new home is disturbed by a caller from the past, whose presence unleashes the joys and tragedies of previous lives buried within those walls.


MUSIC

14th April 2016

Cords & Cadenzas 

 Co-Orch Dublin in Association with Spinal Injuries Ireland

A concert in aid of Spinal Injuries Ireland presented by Co-Orch. “Cords & Cadenzas” features Schuman Symphony No.4, Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, and Le Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel. Co-Orch is Dublin’s most exciting instrumental ensemble. Comprising some of Ireland’s most vibrant talented orchestral musicians, Co-Orch is an orchestra with a twist. No black tie, no evening dress, n stuffy concert halls – just musicians coming together to play the music that they are passionate about, in venues where they don’t belong.

THEATRE

12th April – 14th April 2016

Outrageous Fortune

Carol Walsh

Dolores didn’t get the audition. Her lifelong ambition to be a Shakespearean actor and perform on stage at the infamous Globe theatre is in tatters. Years of dedication and sacrifice wasted and boy is she in a rage. Fuming and fired up, Dolores decides to take matters into her own hands… That’s when life and Shakespearean tragedy begins to blur.
OutRAGEous Fortune is a clown show for adults. It is a very human, funny and moving story of ambition, obsession and the desire to live our dreams.


THEATRE

10th April – 11th April 2016

Pleasure Ground 

 Fregoli Theatre Company

Pleasure Ground is based the decline of the rural Irish town exploring notions of home, belonging, community and change.
Tivnan’s writing is witty and sharp, and captures the beauty of rural and small town life whilst exploring feelings of sadness and isolation. Fregoli are a young Galway based company formed in 2007 this is their 20th production.

MUSIC

7th April – 9th April 2016

Music Current 

 Dublin Sound Lab

MUSIC CURRENT showcases contemporary electronic music through concerts, masterclasses and workshops. Music Current invites composers, performers, and music technologists to participate in masterclasses with Anne Cleare, Jennifer Walshe, Gráinne Mulvey, and workshop selected works. Featuring: Lucy Railton and Adrian Corker performing seminal works by maverick Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi and the Irish premier of Jennifer Walshe’s THE TOTAL MOUNTAIN.


THEATRE

4th April – 9th April 2016

Slice The Thief 

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Slice, a funny, charming an everyday bike thief who does what he wants but today he’s taken the wrong bike. 24 hours to get it back or he’s dead. The only problem is that the bike is now in the custody of an even bigger psycho than its rightful owner.

THEATRE

29th March – April 2nd 2016

Julius Caesar 

 Tartartus Theatre Company

Greed. Deceit. Treachery. Power. What happens when those who placed you at the top of your empire decide the empire is no longer yours?Tartarus Theatre Company presents this adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Set against the backdrop of modern gangland, this dark and vivid take on the classic promises a richly stylised and textured tale of ambition, corruption and blood soaked deception.


THEATRE

24th March – 26th March 2016

The Initiative 

 The Gaiety School of Acting Performance Theatre Company

The year – 1976. The place – Shadyville, USA. In this lawless town, where criminals call the shots, the mysterious Initiative hopes to rid Shadyville of crime forever. The trouble is, Vice wears many masks. In this piece of new writing from the Gaiety School of Acting’s Performance Theatre Company, a macabre dystopia of crime and punishment shows us just how tough it can be to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Who do you trust when no one is what they seem?

THEATRE

16th March – 2nd April 2016

The Wise Wound 

 Teri Fitzgerald

Meg March is all set to marry local politician John Brooke. He has everything a 19th Century woman could desire- teeth and an income! However, Meg’s sister, Jo, knows that John is not quite as perfect as he first appears. Jo, a playwright and political activist, plots to liberate her sister from a life of marital enslavement.  To do so she enlists the help of her youngest sister and lifelong nemesis, Amy…with explosive results! Even poor Beth with her impending death is causing a bothersome race against the clock for the couple!
Will Meg make it to the church alive for the happiest day of her life?!


MUSIC

16th March 2016

Andy Sheppard with Shakespeare Songs

 Music Network

‘The great English poet of the saxophone’, jazz virtuoso Andy Sheppard joins forces with drummer Christophe Marguet and pianist Guillaume de Chassy in a musical journey across Shakespeare’s world. Part-improvised and part-written, the music draws inspiration from Renaissance composers Thomas Morley and William Byrd, with the trio unfolding an extraordinary palette of sounds to conjure up everything from star-crossed lovers and brooding Danish princes to the rustling advance of Birnam Wood.

MUSIC

14th March 2016

Insight #1 Adrian Mantu & Mihai Cucu

Irish Music Collective & Tonnta Music

Smock Alley Theatre plays host to four evenings of the aural and the visual, brought together. InSight showcases new musical works presented with visual interpretations, including dance, animation, projection, and simply the physical body in space.

In this first installment of the series, Adrian and Mihai have chosen one Irish, one European and one universal piece: Anne Marie O’Farrell (In Mary’s Eye), Giovanni Sollimma (Lamentatio) and Hamza El Din (Escalay. The Water Wheel).


MUSIC / STORYTELLING

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12th March 2016

Otherworld – The Story of Tir na nOg

Sam Kavanagh Music

A show for all ages; come and hear about the adventures of Óisín and Níamh, and their journey away from Ireland to the Land of Eternal Youth. Conducted by Sam Kavanagh, The Lalala Choir is a new group of singers who will present their own arrangements of Irish folk songs, performed alongside a unique ensemble of trad and jazz musicians, and featuring the surrealist storytelling style of Ríona Sally Hartman.

THEATRE

Previous Shows

March 7th – 19th 2016

The Great Hunger

Bare Bodkin Theatre Company

Peter Duffy’s powerful theatrical performance of Patrick Kavanagh’s poetic masterpiece The Great Hunger has been touring for the past eighteen months to popular and critical acclaim including performances in the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris, the Cathedral Quarter Festival in Belfast and in virtually every theatre venue in the country.


FESTIVAL OF NEW WORK

17th February – 5th March 2016

Smock Allies : Scene + Heard Festival

Smock Alley Theatre| Multiple Artists

In this three-week, multi-production event, artists from all over Ireland came together to mount 85 original works. Smock Alley hosted this festival of new work that helped fledgling performers from all disciplines share their work with the public. Audiences gave direct responses to the shows they saw, which created a freewheeling discussion between the creators and their spectators. A true celebration of innovation and appreciation for the artistic forms.

MUSIC

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14th February 2016

Love’s Sublime Knot

City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra

The City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra are Dublin’s newest chamber orchestra, whose membership is characterised by talent, intelligence and commitment. Every year, in Dublin and throughout Ireland, the orchestra presents performances of artistic excellence and remarkable versatility of musical styles. The CDCO’s repertoire encompasses the masterworks of the orchestral repertory, engaging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard.

 


THEATRE

1st February – 13th February 2016

Trainspotting

Reality:Check Productions

Tracy Ryan’s critically acclaimed production of Trainspotting returns. Now teamed up with Reality:Check Productions, we present a bigger, better, never before seen version of Trainspotting. The generation defining novel is brilliantly adapted for the stage and tells the story of heroin addict Mark Renton, as he stumbles through bad ideas and sobriety attempts with his unreliable friends Tommy, Sickoy, Begbie and Alison.

THEATRE

25th January – 30th January 2016

Spandex Blues

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Theatre

Would you help a super-villain? E is a villainess at the top of her game. She’s the scourge of the League of Peace, the baddest bad-arse on the Northside. She’s also been voted Best Boss by Hench-Person Monthly three times in a row. But despite her well-earned infamy, things aren’t looking good. A job’s just gone South and she’s been left reeling. Her goody two shoes super-hero family are up in arms and vow she must be stopped. For the first time in her life, E has no idea what to do…


SHAKESPEARE FOR SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

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11th January – 22nd January 2016

King Lear

Gaiety School of Acting

The Gaiety School of Acting – The National Theatre School of Ireland – offers unique opportunity to experience the best of Shakespeare at theatres situated throughout the country in Dublin, Cork, Tipperary, Kerry and Waterford.
The Shakespeare Schools Programme is aimed at Junior/ Leaving Certificate Students, covering Romeo & Juliet and King Lear, with a workshop focusing on original text, relating the performance to the text and designed to directly address the 2015/2016 English syllabus Shakespeare Question.

SHAKESPEARE FOR SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

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11th January – 22nd January 2016

Romeo & Juliet

Gaiety School of Acting

The Gaiety School of Acting – The National Theatre School of Ireland – offers unique opportunity to experience the best of Shakespeare at theatres situated throughout the country in Dublin, Cork, Tipperary, Kerry and Waterford.
The Shakespeare Schools Programme is aimed at Junior/ Leaving Certificate Students, covering Romeo & Juliet and King Lear, with a workshop focusing on original text, relating the performance to the text and designed to directly address the 2015/2016 English syllabus Shakespeare Question.


THEATRE

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14th January – 16th January 2016

Alison Spittle Discovers Hawaii

First Forthnight Festival

You know that memory that stings? The one that will keep you awake that extra five minutes before you sleep? Alison has loads of them, but she’s found a way around it. Join her as she discovers Hawaii.
What is Hawaii? To some it’s the fiftieth State but to Alison, it’s a place in her head where she buries stuff. It’s her personal coping mechanism.
So join her for a personal stand up hour that tackles Alison’s biggest fears and regrets while trying to find her own personal Hawaii. A hilarious hour embracing the futility of being so self-involved.

STORYTELLING/MUSIC/COMEDY/THEATRE

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6th January 2016

Yer Only mBan

Maeve Stone and Dan Colley

A Nollaig na mBan night of storytelling, song and cake celebrating the work of women, featuring performances by Olwen Fouéré, The Evertides, Sonya Kelly, Allison Spittle and many others. An intimate night of storytelling, song and comedy. This will be people coming together in the Irish tradition of Nollaig na mBan, to recognise and celebrate the work of women, in the public and private spheres.


THEATRE

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5th January – 9th January 2016

The Dead

Presented by Dublin Theatre Festival with music by Feargal Murray

Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire) brings James Joyce’s captivating short story The Dead to life alongside beautiful live music accompaniment by composer and pianist Feargal Murray.The Dead is the last of fifteen stories that make up Dubliners, Joyce’s searing exploration of life in Dublin.

THEATRE

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3rd January 2016

Globe To Globe Hamlet

The Globe

In celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, the world renowned Shakespeare’s Globe will perform Hamlet,known as Shakespeare’s greatest play, at Smock Alley Theatre for the first time.