Belfast. 1970.

Two 9-year old friends from either side of the sectarian divide.

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Belfast. 1970.

Two young friends from opposing sides of the divide.

9 + 10 Jun
James Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’ interpreted in song

Irish folk music act Hibsen pay homage to James Joyce with performances of their debut album ‘The Stern Task of Living’, a collection of 15 original songs, one for each short story in Joyce’s book ‘Dubliners’, with the lyrics and music written by Jim Murphy and Gráinne Hunt. An ensemble of 10 musicians, including the string quartet Musici, will perform the full album live. In addition, Frank McNally of The Irish Times will recite selected passages from the book.

13 + 14 Jun
Mojo Mickybo

Owen McCafferty’s play Mojo Mickybo is about a friendship between two boys growing up in Belfast – a friendship that at first is immune to the sectarian violence taking place around them, but which nonetheless is ultimately destroyed by it.




15 - 17 Jun
Dreamgun Film Reads

Dreamgun return to Smock Alley with their ever popular, always hilarious parody comedy show Film Reads! Since 2017, Dreamgun have taken some of our favourite movies, rewritten them and pumped them full of nonsense. A different film every night, performed by unprepared comedians and actors.

★★★★★ – The Irish Times

Tony Cantwell, Ronan Carey, Stephen Colfer, Finbarr Doyle, Hannah Mamalis, Erin McGathy and Edwin Sammon

Thurs 15th: The Matrix
Fri 16th: Jurassic Park
Sat 17th: Titanic

13 - 17 Jun
A Rare Journey – Nora Joyce’s Odyssey

A Rare Journey – Nora Joyce’s Odyssey is a one woman show which celebrates the life of a remarkable Irish woman, Nora Joyce. Written and performed by Paula Greevy-Lee, this highly entertaining play is filled with music and gives free reign to Nora’s witty and often acerbic commentary on her life and times.

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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.

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