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Smock Allies: Scene + Heard 2018

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The 2018 Scene + Heard Festival will run from 13 Feb – 3 Mar. The application process for 2018 will open in Aug 2017

Why we do what we do

There was a 17th Century theatre called Smock Alley Theatre. Despite being old and excellently preserved, the team of (not-quite-so-old) troopers within the building decided that the people needed to see new art AND that support needed to be given to artists to show their brilliant ideas.
And so, Smock Allies : Scene + Heard was born.

The What and the Who

Smock Allies : Scene + Heard is a festival of new work across live performance genres : MUSIC – DANCE – THEATRE – COMEDY + SPOKEN WORD

It provides a chance for artists to test an excerpt of previously unseen work or new ideas / formats in front of a live audience in order to get feedback before mounting and staging full length productions.

Our team has gathered years of collective experience producing festivals, theatre, TV + film, design, architecture, photography, music, marketing, comedy and dance as well as vast and innovative technical expertise, which we want to share with you, the artist.

The point of it all

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. Our aim is to share our expertise with artists to help their work find its way. We also want to work to encourage audiences to participate, take risks with new work and become part of the process by offering constructive and honest feedback.

The feedback…

In its inaugural year (Feb/March 2016) Scene + Heard saw 85 pieces of new work being showcased to an audience of 4,800 people with audiences giving feedback in a myriad of ways (secret ballot, video booth, Q &A, live twitter feed, candy poll) which was sent directly to the artists.

Armed with this feedback the artists have gone on to further develop their work, staging in Galway Fringe, Tiger Dublin Fringe, Cork Midsummer, Electric Picnic and Edinburgh Fringe amongst others.

Want to see what happened in 2017? You can view all programmed shows for Smock Allies: Scene + Heard 2017 or download the festival programme.


Scene + Heard would like to give thanks to Arts Council of Ireland and FRINGE LAB for their time and support.


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