THEATRE | 24 Aug – 3 Sep
Looking At The Sun
The world premiere of a hilarious and moving new comedy about sad people on vacation.
Ron wants his family and friends to experience the summer vacation of his childhood. However, his friends are too busy seeking a threesome, his kids don’t give a shit, the Australians next door want to see the “real” America and his wife won’t stop falling asleep. Will he have the Summer of his life? Will he connect with his family? Will he ever get cotton candy?
SPOKEN WORD/MUSIC | 3 Sept
Nights of Grief and Mystery
Author/Activist Stephen Jenkinson and recording artist Gregory Hoskins fuse their separate work into an evening that is part book reading, part concert, part poetry, part lamentation, part ribaldry, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there. What would you call such a thing? We called it Nights of Grief; Mystery. That’s what’s been performed to sold out houses in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Iceland and the USA.
THEATRE / MUSIC | 5 + 6 Sept
On A House Like A Fire
Michelle Read & Brian Keegan present
On A House Like A Fire is a powerful story told through fragments and glimpses – an immersive experience about the nature of memory and the way we remember.
Sometimes in a gesture, or in a turn of phrase, sometimes in the scent of hairspray, or glimpsed in an old photograph, a person reappears. In this evocative and lyrical memoir piece, words and music ebb and flow to build up and undermine the past like a beach over time and tide.
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | THEATRE | 10 – 14 + 16 Sept
Emma Finegan, Same Killian & Annachiara Vispi
Elon Musk is planting chips in pig brains.
VOYAGR, a lonely online streamer turned terrorist, has a terrible feeling he’s doing so much more.
As she prepares an act of terrorism that will save all future pigs, she takes us down a path of absurd
realisations, wild dancing and pure heartbreak.
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | COMEDY | 11 – 15 + 17 Sept
Oops, This is Toxic
This Britney Spears love letter is a dark comedy nostalgia-fest for anyone who has ever dropped to
that ‘Hit Me Baby’ beat and who came of age against the backdrop of 90s/00s misogyny.
From the Bill Clinton scandal to celebrity arson to the terrifying lows of noughties reality TV, ‘Oops’ is
a celebration not just of Britney, but of everyone who survived an era where Justin Timberlakes flew
high while Janet Jacksons got grounded.
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | THEATRE | 12 – 17 Sept
Three old friends meet in an abandoned athletics field to drink into the early morning. Many year
have passed. Between them, the diary of an old friend is shared, now an Olympic gold medalist.
Who have they become, since they last spoke? What remains of those boys? If one is world
champion, what does that make the rest of them?
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | COMEDY | 12 – 14 Sept
An Evening with Michael Fry & Killian Sundermann
The Collaborations Agency
Experience a unique night of laughter from Ireland’s favourite internet comedians Michael Fry and
Killian Sundermann, bringing their jokes, sketches and tunes live on stage. See the guys trade in the
safety of standing behind the smartphone for an up close and personal performance that will leave
you trawling through their social archives for more.
DUBLIN FINGE FESTIVAL | THEATRE | 13 – 17 Sept
Marina works in a 24-hour dry cleaners in a lonely Dublin. The streets feel like a film set and everyone looks like a stranger. Every day, accompanied only by radio broadcasts from musical weatherman Anthony Murphy, she creates stories from the clothes her customers won’t come to collect.
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | COMEDY | 13 – 15 + 18 Sept
Sissy That Pod x Phoning It In…
Roll up and take your seat for this hilarious parody of the beloved gameshow Blankety Blank.
Watch as a dazzling cast of Irish comedians, improvisers and drag queens impersonate global and
local celebrities in this unique comedy quiz spectacular.
The twist is, every night has a different cast, characters and questions, so ANYTHING can
and will happen. It’s sure to be… BLANK!
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | COMEDY | 15 – 18 Sept
The most iconic films you’ve never seen because we made them up.
The team behind FILM READS let go of the wheel with a triple feature of original laugh-aminute
genre-parodies: Brumpy Goes Vroom (a coming of age talking-car movie), Kiss the Jury (an erotic
courtroom drama) and Amazon Wild Adventure (a cash grab based on a fictional theme-park ride).
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | THEATRE | 15 – 18 Sept
Matthew and Michael have both always wanted one thing. A sibling. Now all they have to do is
meet. Easy right?
But how do you introduce yourself to someone you should already know? Filled with anxiety, hope
and no questions unasked. A tale of two brothers united at last.
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | COMEDY / DRAG | 16 + 17 Sept
The Wind That Shakes the Wig
A Queen ventures through the Emerald Isle on a queer crusade to champion the nation’s treasures,
icons and ultimately save the masses from heteronormativity.
Aided by Saint Marian Mary The 6th, Candy writes a love letter to Ireland’s pop culture pioneers and
limelight lion-hearts while exploring her camp connection to the country she once felt ostracised by.
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | PODCAST | 17 Sept
What Did You Eat This Week? With James Kavanagh
Join James Kavanagh for a live recording of his hit culinary podcast What Did You Eat This Week? where he speaks to Seema Pankhania of Mob fame (search @Mob on Instagram, you will not be disappointed with its stunning food content). James will also have two special guests on hand for a bonus interview at the end: his parents.
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | EXHIBITION | 19 – 24 Sept
Cracking Light Productions
An interactive exhibition showcasing the voices of young environmental artists living in high flood
risk counties including Dublin, Cork and Clare.
They have conjured up alternate futures, ripe with possibility, change and the ultimate hope that a
rising tide will lift all boats.
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | THEATRE / MUSIC | 19 – 24 Sept
We Are An Archipelago
The somewhat true story of a 99-year-old man who moves home to Ocracoke, the strange little
island of his birth, after 80 years gone.
Performed to a live score from pianist Johnny Taylor, this show imagines his return and his unlikely
friendship with young pregnant woman Deena.
Washed up, they wait out a hurricane at the dusk and dawning of their two lives.
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | EXHIBITION | 19 – 24 Sept
The metropolis is a chaotic entity. A web of public spaces connected through ridged systems.
Streetlights, security cameras, motion sensors, advertising screens. Systems that are constantly
aware of us, attempting to communicate, influence or just observe.
A cross-disciplinary work that creates two interlocked digital experiences, for audiences in Dublin
and Melbourne, Scopaesthesia is the creeping feeling of something’s eyes staring in the back of your
head. Something unknown watching us. Watching with uncertain goals and unintelligible intention.
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | COMEDY | 19 + 20 Sept
The Chorus of Ghosts Living in my Skull Keep Telling Me to Take a shit in the Fruit Salad
A brand new show from the award-winning Belfast comedian.
Hold on to your reproductive bits all you random chromosomes, you’re in for an hourlong existential genre-defying rollercoaster ride of rule-breaking stand-up comedy.
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | THEATRE | 20 – 24 Sept
Minimal Human Contact
Aisling Ghéar Theatre Co
A new voice from the urban Gaeltacht of west Belfast. This one-man show delves deep into the
world of compulsive gambling, to produce cathartic results. Gritty, intense and in Irish, this new play
is written by Naoise Ó Cairealláin, award-winning rapper Moglaí Bap from KNEECAP.
Glór úr as Gaeltacht uirbeach larthar Bhéal Feirste. Déanann an seó aonar seo mionscagadh ar an
chearrbhachas neamhshrianta, le toradh cartairseach a nochtadh. Cróga, dian agus i nGaeilge, seo é
an drama úr scríofa ag Naoise Ó Cairealláin, an rapálaí duaiseach Moglaí Bap as KNEECAP.
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | THEATRE | 20 – 24 Sept
What happens when men think they can buy women? When bodies are governed by someone else’s
Following two Dublin strippers through an evening’s work, this performance explores bodily
autonomy, feminism, entitlement, power, and money in a setting which is usually kept safely behind
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | CIRCUS | 20 – 24 Sept
Snatch & Grab
DEADLY, DIRTY AND DANGEROUS.
A D.I.Y spectacle of absurd acrobatics, contorted comedy and household appliances,this show is
A radical circus car crash of dangerous juggling, drunken stunts and precariously balanced toasters
from the Belfast-based fem-punk circus made up of award-winning agents of chaos Angelique
Reckless Ross and Mish Mash Thoburn, aided and abetted by Ken Fanning.
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | DANCE | 21 – 24 Sept
Dance Double: Saoirse na mBan + TEST 1
Ghaliah Conroy & Saoirse Lambkin O’Kane + Rosie Stebbings & Ornella Dufay-Miralles
Saoirse na mBan explores the treatment of Irish women throughout generations, understanding their diverse experiences and how it’s affected them and their identity.
TEST 1: Instagram lives, augmented reality, the metaverse: What are we leaving behind as we move ever
further into the virtual realm, and how do we cope as our physical and digital selves grow more
distant from one another?
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | CHILDREN’S THEATRE | 21 + 22 Sept
Of Bluebells & Butterflies
Graffiti Theatre Company
A fantastical garden full of wondrous creatures blossoms to life in our imagination, inviting the
audience to playfully engage through song, gentle movement, touch and fingerplay.
This interactive dance theatre performance for babies (0-12 months) and their adults fuses
movement, sound, music and set design to create an immersive, multi-sensory, interactive
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | STAND-UP COMEDY/DRAG | 22 – 24 Sept
Dublin’s sharpest drag artists and trans comedians put the alt-right through the ringer in a biting
satire of a media environment that not only enables hate speech, but cheers it on. No faux-outrage
too faux, no dog-whistle too shrill, no moral panic too panicky.
Conspiracy theories with better contour: fake news has never looked this fabulous and mass hysteria
has never been this, well, hysterical. Any familiar (and litigious) Irish faces are entirely coincidental.
The Baptiste Programme: First Look Readings
Dublin Theatre Festival
Come along to work-in-progress readings of brand new first full length plays by Dagogo Hart Dagogo, Esosa Ighodaro, Ikenna Anyabuike and Nandi Jola. An opportunity to catch early draft development scripts from exciting new contemporary voices in Irish theatre. The Baptiste Programme is a paid and mentored script development programme for Black Irish theatre makers and writers of colour. The programme is named after the 18th century Black Irish singer Rachel Baptiste, who performed to great acclaim at Smock Alley.
The Realistic Joneses
Gare St Lazare Ireland/ Rubicon Theatre Company/ Laguna Playhouse
Meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbours, John and Pony, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and shared last name. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities.
“Funny and moving, wonderful and weird” —-The New York Times
Dancing In The Moonlight: A Play About Phil Lynott
A solo show exploring the formative years of Phil Lynott.
Set in 1960’s Dublin,Phil tells his life story, from birth to the formation of Thin Lizzy. This one-man show explores Phil’s experience as a musician, from earlier bands, first girlfriends and the difficulties of being the only black kid in his school. This is the story of how a young man who grew up in Crumlin went on to become one of the greatest rock icons of the 1970’s.
A Few Words
Cathal is 35, renting, eternally single, and has just spent the last three years watching all of his friends settle down, get married and have kids.
Every. Single. One.
“Funny, dark and maybe a little too real” – Alan Bennett, HeadStuff.
MUSIC | 6 Nov
Benjamin Russell | Niall Kinsella
Irish Songmakers was set up in 2012 to present song recitals with a fresh perspective in Dublin. Since then, Irish Songmakers has presented acclaimed recitals at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin’s Freemasons’ Hall, Hugh Lane Gallery and National Concert Hall with some of the finest Irish and international artists.