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MUSIC

15 Oct 2018

Film Music – Behind The Scenes

Brian Keegan

In this presentation composer Brian Keegan takes us through some of his work for film. He shows how musical responses arise from ideas and emotions that are present in a film. He looks at film composition as an act of translation that takes the intentions of the director as they occur in the film and reimagines them through the medium of music. During the presentation Brian will work through the creative process that results in finished music cues in a number of genres including action, horror, sci-fi and documentary.

LITERATURE

15 Oct 2018

Ceardaí Focal | Craftsman of Words

IMRAM & Poetry Ireland

Poet, novelist, dramatist, broadcaster, columnist, translator, critic and children’s author – Liam Ó Muirthile was a writer of extraordinary diversity, depth and breadth.


THEATRE

11 – 13 Oct 2018

Mothers Nature

Hanashi Productions

Four women, four temperaments, four very different experiences of pregnancy and motherhood. This original work explores how our personal natures affect how we experience life and change. Raw and emotive, Mothers Nature invites you into the lives and minds of four very different women. Each embodies one of the classic Greek temperaments: Melancholic (sad), Choleric (angry), Phlegmatic (calm), Sanguine (happy). An older mother, a younger mother, planned and unplanned motherhood, their experiences are transformative and they are ready to be heard.

THEATRE

27 Sep – 7 Oct 2018

The Misfits

Corn Exchange

The Corn Exchange brings Arthur Miller’s iconic film The Misfits to the stage for the first time in this new reimagining by Annie Ryan. Originally published as a novella in 1961 to coincide with the release of the iconic film by John Huston, Miller’s language is intimate, visceral, elemental, and the stage offers it the space to come into its fullest expression.


THEATRE

25 – 29 Sep 2018

Beannaithe

Guthanna Binne Síoraí

A group of nuns become the catalyst for institutional change, but will they transform forever the Church they love and have loyally served?

COMEDY

19 – 22 Sep 2018

A Line of O’Kane

Deirdre O’ Kane

Footloose from a glittering turn on Dancing with the Stars and revelling in her return to stand-up, Deirdre has really hit her stride. Don’t miss this hilarious and frank take on twelve frantic months in the life of a tango-tripping, family-minding, telly-making, house-moving, comedy dynamo.


THEATRE

18 – 22 Sep 2018

i n f i n i t y

Eoghan Carrick / Nessa Matthews

Captain’s Log, Stardate (whatever). A lone astronaut hurtles through the cosmos on a one-way mission to the edge of the universe. She’s looking for a light in the dark. The source of a signal. Traversing time and space, isolation and uncertainty, her quest to find hope will bring her to the brink of the abyss. An exploration of fact, (science) fiction and the spaces in between. A star-bound journey that looks at the stories we tell ourselves when we feel most alone.

CIRCUS

18 – 22 Sep 2018

Double Bill: Cikada & SPIT

Reckless Ross / Ali & Henrik

Cikada Two acrobats create a world between the harmonious and the absurd. In this world, lines are blurred between human and nature. Ali Stanger and Henrik Gard create a mutual acrobatic language of finesse and honesty. A fun, thoughtful and humorous display of rich imagery and dynamic riveting movement. SPIT Push hard, stand up, and spit back. Stop being hijacked by the consumer culture, by spectacle, by tits and teeth and nipple tassels. This show is a celebration of the fierce and wild. Brutality balanced by beauty. Circus that challenges set ideas of gender stereotypes and female expectations in society. A political and evocative one-woman circus.


THEATRE

18 – 22 Sep 2018

The Cat’s Mother

Erica Murray

Sinéad arrives at her sister Ciara’s door in London, all set for a weekend of respite from caring for their mother, Eileen. At least, that’s what Ciara thinks this visit is about. Sinéad has other ideas. Over one long weekend, they are forced to make a choice that will affect their lives forever. Oh, and there’s also the small matter of the family cat. This laugh-out-loud dark comedy asks: how far are you willing to go for your family?

THEATRE

18 – 22 Sep 2018

Sweet Sensations

Teri Fitzgerald

At Peafield Hospital for the Elderly, staff enjoy a slower pace of life than that of their bed-ridden patients, but a surprise inspection from HIQA forces them to make like Nixon and sweat profusely while conducting a massive cover-up. Octogenarian resident Josie, slung into this dumping ground by her ungrateful niece, isn’t about to lie down and die without exposing the staff’s lies. Criminal mastermind Toby, in for the day on community service, is happy to assist her in any way that allows him to smash shit up. With nothing left to lose, the pair are guaranteed success… or prison time.


THEATRE

17 – 22 Sep 2018

BILLY

Sarah Gordon & Alice Malseed

“BILLY wants to help you make space. BILLY is about your ‘stuff’ drawer. All the old chargers for phones you’ve stopped using. That bag of old coats you might need some day. BILLY is about the wooden porridge-stirrer (or ‘spurtle’) you spent €14 on, and your unused Nutri-Bullet. BILLY is about corporate jargon, and IKEA, and Tupperware parties. A disbelieving look at the weird ways we try and order our lives. Life is messy. But BILLY has a multi-purpose, reasonably-priced, space-saving solution.”

THEATRE

13 – 16 Sep 2018

Lex Talionis

Wandering Star

“If I told ya to jump off a buildin’ would ya?” “That’s different, we’re jumpin’ off buildin’s all day long!” Hugh’s a rook with chicks comin’. Mooney’s a younger rook whose new friend Max is not what they seem. Dónie’s a magpie, he’s bad news. After a vicious murder, one of them is out for blood. There will be vengeance. That’s what the weird Latin title means – the law of retaliation, an eye for an eye, like. From the seriously funny Liam Heylin comes a new play about savage craic on the streets of Cork.


CIRCUS

12 – 16 Sep 2018

Caged

Femme Bizarre

Right, so let’s get one thing straight: Femme Bizarre are not ‘fierce’, they are fucking FEROCIOUS. A full-on force to be reckoned with. Marvel as they put themselves through the ringer with aerial stunts, high-octane voguing, explosive vocals and spoken word. Sound good? Yeah, we thought so. Step inside the cage, the door is wide open…

COMEDY

11 – 16 Sep 2018

Dreamgun Film Reads: The Fringe Binge

Dreamgun

Getting it wrong has never felt so right! DREAMGUN amuse and exasperate cinephiles in equal measure with their skewed, joke-stuffed and wholly unrehearsed takes on established cinematic favourites. In this special Fringe Binge edition, DREAMGUN bring their classics together for a movie marathon to remember.


THEATRE

11 – 15 Sep 2018

Kiss Kiss Slap Slap

Chaos Factory

A dressing room. Three women invite you in. A multifaceted performance about the Ireland we live in. About the Ireland we could live in. #MeToo has happened. The game is changing, times are shifting and the masks are finally slipping. Everyone’s a witness. So where do we go from here? The jury is still out. A show created and performed by Fionnuala Gygax, Danielle Galligan and Venetia Bowe. About moving. Moving forward from past oppressions and microaggressions. About looking back but never returning, arriving and trying to define the new. A surreal spectacle of beauty, bravery and brutality.

THEATRE

10 – 15 Sep 2018

beat.

Fionntán Larney & Dominic O’Brien

If every time you leave the house you try to have the most fun you’ve ever had, how do you know when to go home? A new rap musical following two young men whose views on women, drugs, and each other collide and shatter. It’s about ‘old friend’ not meaning ‘good friend’, ‘better person’ not meaning ‘good person’, ‘less misogynist’ not meaning ‘not misogynist’. Original music, light show, three performers who rap what they can’t say. It’s gonna be a hell of a party.


THEATRE

9 – 16 Sep 2018

White

Some People Theatre Company

Warning: this show may contain knitting and crochet. Rich White is forming a university men’s rights activism society. However, on the morning of its inaugural meeting a student is found shot dead on campus. As Rich and his gormless band of misfits attempt to uncover the mystery surrounding the crime, truer and darker motivations begin to unravel. Could the killer be sitting among their very ranks? Is Rich too coked up to notice? An acerbic satire by Pea Dinneen.

THEATRE

8 – 13 Sep 2018

FREE EU ROAMING

Rule of Three Collective

An Irishwoman, an Englishwoman and a Germanwoman walk into a bar. A hostel bar in Barcelona where a fight for Catalonian independence rages on the streets outside. Aside from disrupted festival-going plans, all they hold in common is a fucker of a hangover. Trapped, the travellers rip stereotypes into confetti. Grab your passport for a buzzing trip of laughs through the past, present and future of three nations.


THEATRE

3 – 8 Sep 2018

The Diary of Maynard Perdu

Menapia Theatre Company

Written and directed by the award winning playwright Billy Roche and starring the acclaimed actor/musician Peter McCamley. The Diary Of Maynard Perdu is set in the fantastic, mirrored, burlesque world of the Spiegeltent where fantasy and delusion reign supreme. Based on the novella by Billy Roche, this one man show takes us on a romantic  journey of  adventure and intrigue all of which serves to  mask the pain and loss that are buried deep within.

THEATRE

27 – 31 Aug 2018

Hero

Lakedaemon in association with Theatre Upstairs

Hero by Ken Rogan, is an original work about a man’s struggles with love. Life quickly grows more complicated for Smithy (Daithí Mac Suibhne) after a chance encounter with Marissa. This is one man’s hilarious, down to earth odyssey through love, ankle injuries and what happens when you don’t know how to lose…


THEATRE

30 July – 1 Sep 2018

The Shaughraun

Smock Alley Theatre

Smock Alley Theatre presents as its tenth in-house production, The Shaughraun, written by Dion Boucicault. Written in 1874 by the Irish master of melodrama Dion Boucicault, the themes in this play still ring true – from vulture bankers, rising rents and homelessness, to Anglo-Irish relations and impending Brexit doom. But can love conquer all? That is the question… Smock Alley’s production is a modernisation of this melodrama, musically underscored and imagining ourselves in another post crash Ireland. Is history always destined to repeat itself?

THEATRE

20 – 25 Aug 2018

I’m Too Fat For This Show

Kate Huffman

This shockingly hilarious, brutally honest solo show covers decades of OCD and eating disorders, but with comedic perfection, it defies preconceived notions and connects performer and audience in the mutually experienced dilemma that is LIFE. 18 characters, multi-media effects, and gut-busting humor allow all people with any kind of neuroses or negative self-talk to laugh at themselves.


THEATRE

14 – 18 Aug 2018

The Comedy of Errors

Dublin Youth Theatre

In a strange city where everyone watches everyone else, strangers are never welcome. Two young visitors arrive in the city unaware that their long-lost twins already live there. But really, what’s the worst that could happen? Shakespeare’s most anarchic comic creation is brought vividly to life by a cast of twenty-one performers in this riotous contemporary staging, complete with original music and live band.

FASHION

25 Aug 2018

Myths of Our Own

IREGL

‘Myths of Our Own’ is a two-part event celebrating street fashion and fables all as one. We encourage you to attend wearing something inspired by your favourite legendary story or myth, or maybe something from your home!


THEATRE

29 July – 11 Aug 2018

Idlewild

Glass Mask Theatre

Revenge started a gangland tragedy. Now only sacrifice can finish it.
Dublin 2018 – After a bitter gangland feud between two childhood friends has reached a deadly impasse, only a terrifying sacrifice can end the bloodshed.

THEATRE

24 – 28 July 2018

School For Dinosaurs

Underdog Theatre Productions

Chloe doesn’t like her new school. With scary exams, stressful subjects and mountains of homework, Chloe just can’t seem to adjust to her new secondary school life. So she and her parents start the “School for Dinosaurs”, a lively lizard alternative approach to scary school subjects! But the clocks ticking down to exam time! Will Chloe make the grade in time? School For Dinosaurs is a fun reptilian romp for the whole family!


FESTIVAL

19 – 22 July 2018

Festival of Curiosity

 Dublin 2018

Playful days & Curious Nights. Experience a cultural feast of unique, visual and interactive experiences in Dublin that merge cutting edge technology, design, arts and science in playful, immersive & curious ways.

THEATRE

17 July 2018

Cardboard Coffin

Valerie Masters

Imagine if you were told to pack a bag and leave your home forever and you had nowhere to go. Meet Johnny, the vulnerable yet tortured rogue who has lost everything and is about to face life on the streets. He’s desperate to tell those he’s lost how much he loves them before it’s too late.


MUSIC

15 July 2018

The Red Guitar Tour

Billy Roche

Billy Roche, playwright (Tumbling Down, The Wexford Trilogy, The Cavalcaders etc) returns to his musical roots with his own brand of psychedelic folk. He is joined by Mike Odlum (The Roach Band) on bass/piano/harmonium and Pete McCamley on drums/percussion/flute/glockenspiel/harmonica etc.

THEATRE

10 – 16 July 2018

The Good Father

Rise Productions

New Year’s Eve. A house party like any other, in a suburb like any other. Two very different strangers meet, each looking for a new start and to shake off the disappointments of the past. But champagne, cheap lager and their chance encounter leads this unlikely couple to an unplanned pregnancy.


DANCE

8 July 2018

Irish Youth Dance Festival

Dublin Youth Dance Company

Dublin Youth Dance Company are thrilled to present an evening of dance at the Smock Alley Theatre as part of the 18th Irish Youth Dance Festival. The festival has consistently delivered exciting, highly physical and uplifting performances from a selection of up-and-coming Irish and International Youth Dance Companies and each year programmes masterclasses, workshops, informal showings and outdoor performances.

COMEDY

8 – 14 July 2018

Edinburgh Previews

Lisa Richards

The Lisa Richards agency present a week of top stand-up comedy! Each night, two comedians will perform their new work-in-progress shows. Check them out, for this bargain price, before they head to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


DANCE

5 – 7 July 2018

Window Woman

Fiona Quilligan

Choreographer Fiona Quilligan finds herself in the woods at Fernhill – as part of a dream team – to install James McKenna’s sculptures, two dancers act as a counterweight on ropes while the figures are hauled high up into the treetops – a vantage point where they reign supreme!

THEATRE

3 – 7 July 2018

She Kills Monsters

No Drama Theatre

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly.


TALK

2 July 2018

An Evening with Michelle McMacken

The Happy Pear

Join us for an inspirational talk with Michelle McMacken to discuss holistic lifestyle medicine and promoting optimal wellness through plant-based nutrition. Prevent disease and thrive!

TALK

30 June 2018

An Evening with Rich Roll

The Happy Pear

Rich Roll is a number one best-selling author, wellness pioneer, podcast host and Top 25 fittest men on the planet. Roll also an amazing speaker with a grounded, authentic style, and the unique ability to educate, inspire, and leave audiences filled with the motivation to unlock and unleash their best, most authentic selves!


THEATRE / MUSIC

30 June 2018

Samuel Beckett : Words and Music

Beckett Chamber Series

A rare concert performance of Samuel Beckett’s radio play Words and Music with American composer, Morton Feldman’s score. Renowned Beckett actors Barry McGovern and Stephen Brennan play the spoken roles of Words/Joe and Croak with a conducted ensemble of Beckett Chamber Music Series musicians playing the role of Music/Bob.

THEATRE / MUSIC

27 June 2018

Schoenberg and Poetry

Beckett Chamber Series

Schoenberg and Poetry presents two important works based on poetry, which span the development of composer, music theorist and painter, Arnold Schoenberg’s musical style from late Romanticism to twelve-tone. Barry McGovern reads the poems by Richard Dehmel and Albert Giraud which inspired both works in celebrated English translations by Stanley Appelbaum and Andrew Porter.


THEATRE

25-30 June 2018

Lost And Found

The Gaiety School of Acting Graduating Class 2018

An idyllic new estate in a commuter town (very convenient for the M50 and the direct train to Dublin) is flipped on its head when divine forces begin to interfere. Eager to meddle in the affairs of the picture perfect couples in residence, one of the Gods has fallen to earth with her sights set on mischief making.

THEATRE / MUSIC

24 June 2018

Instrumentalising Folk Song

Beckett Chamber Series

Instrumentalising Folk Song explores the idea of the musical setting of language in, perhaps, its purest humanistic form. The works presented use Irish folk song as a basis for three very different kinds of composition. On the subject, composer Béla Bartók writes that although folk song is “impulsively created by a community of men who have had no schooling… the single tunes – are so many examples of high artistic perfection. In their small way, they are as perfect as the grandest masterpieces of musical art.”


THEATRE

18 – 23 June 2018

Walkinstown

Monkey Backstage

From the creators of the acclaimed How To Build Your First Robot comes Walkinstown. A surreal soiree that traverses the streets of Dublin’s past, present and future. Two humans on a comedically cosmic trajectory, led by love, lust and all that’s elementary.

THEATRE

18 – 23 June 2018

The Rapture of Hugo Ball

Charisma Check

The Rapture of Hugo Ball is a rollicking satire staged as an experimental radio comedy with hard hitting live music and sound effects created before your eyes by a multi-talented cast. The story follows unknown Irish performance artist, Fergal Greene, as he struggles to gain recognition in a fickle contemporary Art world.


TALK

13 – 16 June 2018

Lady Na Master & The Synaptic Room

Collaborative Artists Company

This multi-layered work directed by David Francis Moore, featuring performances by spoken word artist Feli Speaks and composer Dan Reid, interweaves poetry, sound, installation, animation and the body to create a highly charged performance within a captivating sensorial space.

THEATRE

4 – 16 June 2018

Love A La Mode

Felicity

In this comedy of manners, double-entendres and double-crossings, an Englishman, an Irishman, a Scotsman and a dandy, compete for the hand of a rich bachelorette. But is she all she appears? Love à la Mode is a farce in two acts: there will be some lies, sword-fights, slapstick and assorted song-and-dance routines.


TALK

1 June 2018

Balding Made Me Do It

Clare Fullam

A story of struggle, perseverance and the art of learning how to be yourself. Basically a live Insta with Claire Balding! All questions answered, no holding back. An evening of fun, lol’s and uplifting, meaningful chats! Check out Claire on Instagramfacebook or on Snapchat: Claire.Balding.

VARIETY SHOW

29 May 2018

MAM Behind The Mic

Mothers Artists Makers

An informal evening of entertainment from Mothers Artists Makers. With a variety of performances from Theatre, Music, Comedy, Spoken Word and More it promises to be a fantastic night out that will leave you inspired and entertained. Mothers Artists Makers (MAM) are a movement of professional, feminist theatre and arts practitioners who are mothers.


COMEDY

29 May – 2 June 2018

Much Ado About Nothing

Arclight Drama Studio

It is said that love conquers all, but not without a few battles along the way! Arclight Drama Studio have had a wonderful relationship with Shakespeare and have previously performed acclaimed productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth and As You Like It.

FESTIVAL

19 – 27 May 2018

International Literature Festival Dublin

ILFD

The International Literature Festival Dublin, founded in 1998, is Ireland’s premier literary event and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. Described by the press as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, International Literature Festival Dublin line-up is sure to impress.


COMEDY

17 May 2018

Things We Talk About When We Talk About Things

Rocket Octopus

From the company behind the critically acclaimed ‘Boyz of Harcourt Street’ (“Not as funny as it thinks it is”- No More Workhouse) comes a sketch comedy show of undoubtable brilliance but questionable morality. Rocket Octopus will endeavor to make you laugh and think by doing and saying things.

THEATRE

15 – 16 May 2018

Quentin Crisp : Naked Hope

Mark Farrelly

From a conventional Surrey upbringing to global notoriety via The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp was an extraordinary raconteur and wit, and one of the most memorable figures of the twentieth century. This much-acclaimed solo play, following a UK tour and off-West End season at the St. James Theatre, shows Quentin both in his beloved Chelsea flat in the 1960s, and in his adopted New York, with the new millennium beckoning.


THEATRE / LIVE PERFORMANCE / FILM

15 – 16 May 2018

Everybody Sings

Bealtaine Festival

Everybody Sings is a candid and poignant examination of the relationship between intimacy and ageing and was developed in collaboration with a group of older citizens whose stories and experiences are presented through music, film and live performance.

THEATRE

14 May 2018

The Streets Are Ours

Fregoli Theatre Company

‘The Streets are Ours’ chronicles the night time activities of a group of aimless 20-somethings still living in a small town in the midlands and their reunion with an old friend. Meeting in an empty parking lot, the gang reconnect, reminisce and attempt to heal old wounds, but as the night goes on, things left unsaid for too long begin to resurface.


CHILDREN’S THEATRE

13 May 2018

Cinderella’s Dreamand

Myart School of Dance

Cinderella’s Dreamland is a fantasy tale for children and adults. This performance combines different styles of dance performed by MyArt students.

THEATRE

1 – 12 May 2018

The Wendy House

Dreamback

Join six year old Lily as she packs up her favourite worldly possessions. She’s going to her Wendy House and once she gets there she’s never coming back. Through the delicate intertwining of her memories, Lily explores the struggles that families face in moments of trauma and the fearless power of childhood innocence and imagination.


THEATRE

23 – 28 April 2018

HashtagRelationshipGoalz

Squad Productions

Watch our wonder couple navigate through treacherous disruptions like your stepmam being a bollocks, your best friend being a dope, an uninspired future existence, kleptomania and deciding which boxset to watch next.

THEATRE

23 April – 5 May 2018

Pilgrim

The Gonzo Theatre Company

With allusions to classical myth, PILGRIM (Fishamble New Writing Award Nomination/ Manchester Theatre Award nomination) is a powerful new comedy/drama about a hard-edged youth coming of age on a pilgrimage home for the birth of his son. Written by award-winning playwright Philip Doherty and performed by Rex Ryan. (Dublin Fringe Best Actor nomination).


MUSIC

20 April 2018

Aine Cahil

MCD

Áine Cahill is a pop singer-songwriter from County Cavan. In June 2016 Áine made her debut playing a small tent at Glastonbury when she was spotted by the BBC and asked to play an acoustic performance live on their Glastonbury TV coverage.

SPOKEN WORD

15 April 2018

Scéals of the City – The Repeal Edition

Vickey Curtis

We’ve got that repealing in feeling and we’re here to pronounce proudly our pro choice stance through spoken word and song. Come and witness some of Irelands best and most powerful voices as they stand Together For Yes and raise funds for the campaign to repeal the eighth amendment. These are our bodies, our choices and our voices.


MUSIC

9 April 2018

Music Current 2018

Dublin Sound Lab

DUBLIN SOUND LAB presents MUSIC CURRENT 2018 a three-day festival of the best in new Irish and international contemporary electronic music. Considered as the ‘Fringe’ of Irish new music festivals, MUSIC CURRENT, now in its third year, gives a platform for the newest contemporary electronic music, hosting four concerts over three days.

THEATRE

11 – 21 April 2018

Debris

Reality:Check Productions

An odyssey of pain, blood, love and loss. An unreal journey through two disturbed minds, and the unfolding events leading up to the self crucifixion of their father in the front room. Enter the insane world of siblings Michael and Michelle. Debris is a depraved vision of the world, seen through their eyes.


VARIETY SHOW / FUNDRAISER

9 April 2018

Back Our Boys

Guihen Family

Shay and Finn Guihen are 6 year old identical twins, born with Pfeiffer Syndrome Type III: a rare genetic disorder causing a number of very challenging and life limiting disabilities. Come along and show support and help to pay for nursing care to allow these loving parents a break from the 24/7 demands of caring for the boys.

FESTIVAL

6 – 7 April 2018

Scuttlers

DADA Youth Theatre

Set against the backdrop of the cotton mills where these young people work, the play follows the lives of a few of the gang leaders; living, fighting and loving on the streets where they live. Leading to inevitable tragedy, these gang members are merely cogs in a wheel and so try to make their mark in other ways, marks that can still be felt in the Manchester of today.


COMEDY / TALK

2 April 2018

Psychovertical

Andy Kirkpatrick

Top British climber, and award winning author Andy Kirkpatrick looks back at 40 years of adventure in his brand new show ‘Psychovertical’. Andy is as well known for his stand up comedy as his climbing, so lots of laughs guaranteed!

FESTIVAL

29 March – 7 April 2018

Smock Allies : Scene + Heard Revisited

The Festival of New Work

Smock Allies : Scene + Heard is platform for work that is in development. Scene + Heard Revisited was a chance for shows that were cancelled due to the inclement weather conditions of March 2018 to be rescheduled.


BOOK LAUNCH

28 March 2018

The Woman in the Woods

John Connolly

To celebrate the launch of ‘The Woman in the Woods’, a new Charlie Parker thriller, John Connolly will be joined by composer and musician David O’Brien in what promises to be a unique and thrilling evening. The launch event will be followed by a book signing in The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane.

MUSIC

26 March 2018

Phonica : Eight

Phonica

Phonica is a series of events rooted in Word and Sound and with an emphasis on multiformity and the experimental. Conceived, programmed and hosted since early 2016 by Christodoulos Makris and Olesya Zdorovetska, Phonica aims to explore compositional and performative ideas and to encourage a melting pot of audiences and artists from across artforms.


THEATRE

21 – 24 March 2018

Lysistrata by Aristophenes

Inchicore College of Further Education

Lysistrata is a comic anti-war masterpiece by Aristophanes. It recounts the story of an Athenian woman’s ingenious plot to end the ongoing Peloponnesian war. Lysistrata calls together the women of Greece and proposes that they all withhold marital relations from their menfolk until a peace treaty is signed.

MUSICAL THEATRE

20 – 24 March 2018

Daddy Long Legs

Boulevard Productions

The Irish Premiere of Daddy Long Legs The Musical. Starring Eoin Cannon (just off his run as Frank McCourt in Angela’s Ashes, the Musical) and Róisín Sullivan (best known for playing Adele Rice in the European premiere of A Man of No Importance at The Arts Theatre on London’s West End). With Direction by Killian Collins and Musical Direction by David Wray.


THEATRE

13 – 17 March 2018

Dearmad na Fola

Aisteorí Bulfin

Díríonn an dráma ar an tsochaí, agus forbairt teichnolaíochta lenar féidir le comhlacht ‘cuimhne dhaona’ a cheannach. Creideann taighdeoir amháin go bhfuil sí ag obair i dtreo leigheas a fháil ar iompar síceapatach, deirtear le taighdeoir eile go bhfuil príomhaidhm an taighde rúnda agus dáinséarach…

THEATRE

13 – 16 March 2018

Diary of a Martian Beekeeper

Niamh Shaw

Niamh is on Mars and a member of Crew 173, on a long duration mission to investigate new ways of growing food in this arid foreign land. As their 2 year mission comes to an end, one crucial experiment remains for Niamh. But will she overcome her personal struggles or put the whole crew and the mission in danger?


THEATRE

5 – 10 March 2018

BUMP

BUMP&GRIND Theatre

Lily is 23, young, free and single and waiting for her life to start, but she’s hit a bump. Bump is a tale of some of the awkward encounters and nauseating moments that make up a girl’s life. Bump is a visceral and fast paced one-woman show exploring the journey from girl to womanhood.

FESTIVAL

14 Feb – 3 March 2018

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.


TALK

9 Feb 2018

When Love Smothers : On the Struggle to Create “A Me”

Donna Redmond & Clive Brassington

This innovative day brings together psychoanaytic theory and the theatre of Samuel Beckett to reflect on and discuss concepts such as madness, identity, creativity and the nature of love and its implications in creating a sense of self.

THEATRE

7 – 10 Feb 2018

The Half Promised Land

DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama

Influenced by time she spent in Isreal, Binchy’s play revolves around two Irish schoolteachers’ experience on a working holiday spent in a rural community on a kibbutz in Israel in 1966. Performed by graduating students of the BA Drama (Performance) at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.


THEATRE

23 Jan – 3 Feb 2018

Walkinstown

Monkey Backstage

From the creators of the acclaimed How To Build Your First Robot comes Walkinstown. A surreal soiree that traverses the streets of Dublin’s past, present and future. Two humans on a comedically cosmic trajectory, led by love, lust and all that’s elementary.

COMEDY

15 – 20 Jan 2018

Personal Space

Stephen Colfer, Hannah Mamalis & Peter McGann

A black comedy about good people, none of whom are here. Personal Space tells three stories of mutual acquaintances who bring out the worst in each other. And then there’s a twist. An anthology of short comedies from Stephen Colfer, Hannah Mamalis and Peter McGann.


FIRST FORTNIGHT FESTIVAL

8 – 13 Jan 2018

The Egg is A Lonely Hunter

Hannah Mamalis

Sophie works in a shop.
She suffers from an irrational fear of eggs.
Her nipples are behaving strangely and a black hole has appeared in her neighbourhood that could be / probably is a pervert.

FIRST FORTNIGHT FESTIVAL

9 – 13 Jan 2018

The Friday Night Effect

Sunday’s Child

The Friday Night Effect combines compelling new writing with an edge-of-your-seat interactive experience. At crucial turning points in the story, the fate of the characters will be in the hands of the audience, whose decisions will change their stories irrevocably.


FIRST FORTNIGHT FESTIVAL

4 Jan 2018

A Face In The Crowd

The Discover/Recover Theatre Project

“A Face in the Crowd” was based on true accounts of the lived experiences of individuals who have come face to face with mental health challenges. It explored stories of darkness, hope, confusion, humour, friendship, resilience and recovery.

THEATRE

6 Jan 2018

Warriors and Women

Candlelit Tales

Most of us can name the great heroes of Irish legend, but what about the great heroines? Women who fought as hard as their husbands and brothers and sons, who struggled under curses and captivity, who rebelled, who avenged their loved ones, and avenged themselves. Women who deserve to be remembered!

THEATRE

5-23 Dec | 7pm

The Grimm Tale of Cinderella

Based on the popular world folklore tale.
Written by Katie McCann (Cirque des Reves)

Lost, tired and out of their depth, brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm seek shelter in the woods from a bitter storm. Unknown to them they are not the only ones seeking shelter and a chance encounter with a strange old woman is about to change their fate.

THEATRE

18-20 Dec | 8pm

I’m Too Fat For This Show

Kate Huffman

Kate Huffman’s shockingly hilarious, brutally honest solo show covers two decades of living with an OCD-instilled eating disorder. Charm, wit, and giddy self-deprecation offer an opportunity for all people with obsessions, neuroticism, or negative self-talk to laugh at themselves.


THEATRE

4-16 Dec | 7:30pm

Disco Pigs & Sucking Dublin

Reality Check Productions

A double bill of two of Enda Walsh’s best loved plays on the 20th Anniversary of Sucking Dublin. Focusing on the two female protagonists, Runt & Little Lamb, this exciting new interpretation of Enda Walsh’s classics will explore the story from their perspectives – how they are trapped not only by their cities and social standing, but also bound by the men in their lives.

MUSIC

2 Dec | 8pm

Crann

Derek Ball

Soprano Elizabeth Hilliard sings you a song – one which just happens to last about an hour and a half – in the dramatic surroundings of the Boys’ School. The song is ‘Crann’ (Tree). Be prepared for an immersive experience, new music, poetry and stage design. In Irish with English subtitles.


MUSIC

29 Nov | 8pm

Currents

Izumi Kimura

Solo piano concert by pianist Izumi Kimura with prepared Steinway model M (1934). The programme of composed and improvised music, includes Sonatas and Interludes by John Cage, world premieres of works written especially for this concert by composers Ronan Guilfoyle, Greg Caffrey, and Izumi Kimura, and improvisations inspired by and dedicated to oceans. Interweaving of unusual sounds, silences and colours.

THEATRE

26 Nov | 3pm & 7pm

Past Present Future

Showstoppers

Celebrating 10 years of Showstoppers stage school.


MUSIC

27 Nov | 7:30pm

Phonica: Seven

Phonica

Phonica: Seven features performances from a range of vibrant, award-winning poets, musicians and artists with international outlooks and reputations working in the fields of electronic music, contemporary multilingual poetry, jazz composition, sound art, improvisation and theatrics, classical vocals, broken narratives, and more.

TALK

22 Nov | 7:30pm

What Ireland Needs To Nurture Its Soul

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is hosting an evening of dialogue about how we are, individually and collectively, to nurture a relationship with that most important and indigenous part of us, our soul, as we move into the 21st century. We are fortunate to have one of Ireland’s most eminent thinkers, Mark Patrick Hederman, to give his perspective on key factors that have shaped us since the founding of our Free State and what we now need to sustain our inner lives and find meaning as we move forward.


CABARET

23 Nov | 7:30pm

UNITE: American Voices From An Irish Stage

Roger Gregg

Spend Thanksgiving with the Yanks! American Voices from an Irish Stage presents Unite! An event to raise funds for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Unite with us. Following up our first successful fundraising event in May, American Voices from an Irish Stage, invites you to Thanksgiving with a difference. An evening of music, comedy and spoken words in support of civil liberties and freedom.

THEATRE

13-25 Nov | Various Times

Trilogy: The State of Us

Peter Duffy Productions

This trilogy of shows included: The Great Hunger by Patrick Kavangh, The Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoyevksy and The Murders at Wildgoose Lodge by William Carleton. The shows were adapted and performed by Peter Duffy.


THEATRE

20+21 Nov | 7:30pm

You Could Be Us

Fregoli Theatre Company

Do you suffer from daily doses of The Big D? Are you crippled by The A-Oh-Nay everyday? Consolation is only a click away… T.H.E.Y are proud to present You Could Be Us: A new live stream to buttress a brittle you. Yule, Catherine, Billy, & Ursula – Four best-worst cases of mental instability represent the apex of your aches and pains. Click in! Alleviate your troubles with a calming dosage of comparison. Remember: Things could always be worse… you could be us!

EVENTS

3-5 Nov | Various Times

Dublin Book Festival

Dublin Book Festival

The Dublin Book Festival is one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, running since June 2006. The annual public festival showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing by programming, publicising and selling Irish published books, their authors, editors and contributors – all in an entertaining, festive, friendly and accessible environment that reflects the creativity and personality of the Irish publishing sector and its authors.


THEATRE

6-11 Nov | 8pm

Pulled

Devious Theatre

Pulled is an uncompromising comedy drama about female sexuality and the social media generation. Meet Amanda and Michelle as they retrace their drink-fuelled steps from the night before through a trail of Twitter, Facebook and selfies, and tackle existential questions such as ‘How did I get here? Did I pull?’

EVENTS

21 Oct | 12pm

A Letter To A Character

The Book Show: RTÉ Radio One

Most books need strong characters but why do we love some more than others? How do writers create memorable characters and how do readers respond to them? In a special episode of RTÉ Radio 1’s The Book Show, Sinéad Gleeson is joined on stage by some of Ireland’s leading writers to discuss how characters in novels are created.


DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL

11-15 Oct | 7:30pm

The Good House of Happiness

Pan Pan Theatre

In The Good House of Happiness, we invite you to meet an actor, a pop singer and a scholar, from China, and two Mongolian accountants. They have come together to make a modern version of Brecht’s parable play, The Good Person of Setzuan first performed by German actors playing Chinese people.

THEATRE

16-21 Oct | 8pm

La Marie Vison

Moon Mad Theatre by Maki Mutai

Every day, for eighteen years, Marie releases an exotic butterfly into the open fields of the living room. Every day for eighteen years the beautiful boy, imprisoned in his den, catches and kills it.

EVENT

Thu 5 Oct | 6pm

Spit!

Wine Tasting

SPIT is a gathering of four passionate, entertaining, and quality-oriented wine importers presenting over 120 wines, from the classics to more unusual offerings. SPIT is a gateway into the world of wines which have a strong and unique sense of identity.

THEATRE

9 – 14 Oct | 7.30pm

God Has No Country

Donal Courtney

A dramatic retelling 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.

DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL

28 Sep-8 Oct | 7:30pm

Melt

Rough Magic

Melt is about the folly of humankind, our Icarus-like ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and the damage we do ourselves and our world in the process.

EVENT

30 Sep | 11am

WellFest Pop Up

WellFest

This event will focus on all things wellness, perfect for staying motivated and active as we move into the Autumn months.

FRINGE

23 + 24 Sep | 4pm

Monster LOL’s: Stand Up Comedy For Kids

Young Radicals: Fringe For Kids

A top notch comedy hour for children, mums, dads, friends, grandparents and anyone else who loves a giggle without the rude bits.

THEATRE

25 Sep – 7 Oct | 8pm

The Boys

Reality Check Productions

Set in Drumcondra and adapted from the novel of the same name, The Boys is the story of a group of teenage boys coming to terms with the time and place in which they find themselves.

FRINGE

20 – 23 Sep | 8:45pm

The Woods and Grandma

Dead Lady Productions

Part gig, part theatre, part documentary, this verbatim pop-opera exhumes its singing ghosts from the transcript of a 2002 RTÉ interview with Anne (aged 90) and Catherine (aged 88), who were raised by their grandmother Lady Augusta Gregory in Galway.

FRINGE

20 – 23 Sep | 9pm

Papini

Felicity

Val has disappeared, and Andrew, Claude’s brother, never came home. Papini slowly fills the space they left behind. Claude reacts as they always have: by writing a story.

FRINGE

20 – 23 Sep| 7pm

Efficacy 84

Luke Casserly

An original devised work led by director Luke Casserly deconstructing the controversial events surrounding the Kerry babies case of the 1980s.

FRINGE

20 – 23 Sep | 8:30pm

The Friday Night Effect

Sunday’s Child

Meet Jamie, Sive and Collette: three friends on a wild night out in Dublin. By sunrise, Collette will be dead. Can you save her?

FRINGE

19-23 Sep | 6pm

How to be Angry

Brazen Tales

Witness the Brazen Ensemble tackling that most feared emotion with their trademark, twisted humour. An absurd, physical comedy exploring the battle between our animal instincts and rational minds.

FRINGE

19 – 23 Sep | 6:45pm

The Assassination of Pope Urban II

James Moran

An experimental comedy show about the nightmarish life and brutal death of Pope Urban II. Born a runt, Urban II lived with a wasting disease of the body and spirit that has been eradicated by modern medicine.

FRINGE

15 – 17 Sep | 6:45pm

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Paul Corrie

Leave your idea of stand-up comedy at the door. Master of surreal nonsense and bohemian clownarchist Paul Currie presents his follow up to last year’s Dublin Fringe Festival smash hit, Release the Baboons.

FRINGE

15 – 17 Sep | 8:45pm

Saharcasm

Sahar Ali

“Your English is so good.” “Where are you REALLY from?” “Is your hair real?” You probably won’t find the answers to these questions in Saharcasm, a one woman show exploring the Irishism, Arabism and racism that provokes queries like these

FRINGE

12 – 17 Sep | 8:30pm

Close To The Sun

The Corps Ensemble

Perth, Australia – Irishman Colin prepares for his wedding to Australian sweetheart, Sophie. But everything changes when his estranged brother arrives unannounced, bringing the demons of their shared past.

FRINGE

12 – 17 Sep | 7pm

Everything Now

Irish Modern Dance Theatre

Everything Now – our final gesture before we’re thrown off a cliff. A rollercoaster ride with beautiful dancing men, a laughing/shouting multicultural chorus, dazzling lights, stunning sounds and physical explosions.

FRINGE

11 – 17 Sep | 9pm

Fierce Notions

Ill-Advised Theatre Company

A new musical about democracy, politics and fish-based confectionery products from writer / composer Fionn Foley.

FRINGE

12 – 17 Sep | 7pm

From All Sides

Bitter Like A Lemon

Two couples. Two stories. One ending. A journey through the savagery and beauty of modern relationships from one of Dublin’s most exciting new writing companies.

FRINGE

10 Sep | 8:30pm

Nine

Hilary Woods

A demystifying trip of intrigue at the edge of the cosmos, a powerful piece of theatre fusing sound, dance, film, romance, and a hapless hero called King.

FRINGE

11-17 Sep | Various Times

Gladys & The Gutterstars

Rachel Gleeson & Cameron McAuley

It has been a time of soul searching for Gladys and The Gutter Stars. They have stowed themselves away for months in seclusion, working on their hotly anticipated new album

THEATRE

28 Aug – 2 Sep | 8pm

The Rapparees

Little Shadow Theatre

It is the time of the Protestant Ascendancy in Co. Kerry when priest hunting is a favourite pastime.

FRINGE

10-17 Sep | Various Times

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In a time of all talk no action, you are invited to shut up and listen. Belfast. The bridge over the river. Friday evening. A three hander for the city’s forgotten.

COMEDY

12 Aug| 12pm

Breastfeeding Al Fresco

Diane O’Connor

Diane O’Connor is breastfeeding but she won’t let that keep her indoors. Join her in this fun and informative stand-up comedy show inspired by breastfeeding, motherhood and related adventures!

THEATRE

19 Aug | 8pm

Grace Notes

Noted Maidens

Grace is a talented pianist. She is also a convicted killer. With uncertain memories threatening to sabotage her rehabilitation, will she play again? Exciting and bold one-woman show.

TALK

31 July + 1 Aug| 7:30pm

An Evening With Rich Roll

The Happy Pear

Rich Roll is a number one best-selling author, wellness pioneer, podcast host and Top 25 fittest men on the planet.

THEATRE

31 July – 2 Sep | 7:30pm

The Rivals

Smock Alley Theatre presents as its eighth in-house production, Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s much loved Comedy of Manners, The Rivals.

DANCE

26 July| 7pm

K-Pop World Festival Ireland

Embassy of the Republic of Korea Ireland

The K-Pop World Festival saw over 20 acts competing to be in with a chance to go to Changwon, Korea, to perform at the K-Pop World Festival Grand Final.

COMEDY

26-27 Jul | 8pm

I Wrote A Joke In 1987

Michael Redmond

Michael Redmond wrote a joke in 1987. He then left Dublin to try his luck on the London comedy circuit… with just the one joke! This is the story of that journey and why he has left something in his will to Ryan Tubridy.

THEATRE

24 & 25 July| 8pm

Sneak Peek @ new material from Foil, Arms + Hog!

Foil, Arms + Hog!

Former children and regular eaters Foil Arms & Hog are back to try out some exclusive new material on an audience ahead of their Edinburgh Fringe + Dublin Fringe gigs!

THEATRE

25 Jul | 7:30pm

Ireland Meets Japan – W.B. Yeats, Lafcadio Hearn and Kyogen

Shigeyama Sengoro Family

W.B. Yeats was inspired by Kyogen and Noh, Japanese theatre forms, to produce some of his finest work. Lafcadio Hearn was the Irishman accepted and revered by the Japanese people emerging from centuries of isolation.

THEATRE

20-23 Jul

The Festival of Curiosity

Dublin’s International festival of science, art, design & technology.

THEATRE

Mon 24 July | 7:30pm

Lal Batti Express

Kranti

Lal Batti (“Red Light”) Express is a one-of-a-kind production about the lives of young women from Mumbai’s infamous red-light area

THEATRE

17 July | 7.30pm

Phonica: Six

Christodoulos Makris & Olesya Zdorovetska

A selection of exceptional musicians, writers and artists working in a mix of media, playfully challenge the boundaries of word and sound.

THEATRE

18 July | 6pm & 8pm

Asperger’s Are Us

Asperger’s Are Us

The first comedy troupe composed of people with Asperger Syndrome performs their trademark absurdist sketches, ripe with hilarious wordplay and unexpected breaking of social conventions.

THEATRE

12 – 14 Jul | 8pm

Disorder Contained

Talking Birds

Disorder Contained examines the effects on mental health of the Separate System – a strict form of solitary confinement introduced in Irish and British prisons in the 19th century – originally aimed at reflection, repentance and reform, but later used as deliberate punishment.

THEATRE

15 + 29 July | 8pm

DIY Play

Peter Dunne

In DIY Play, you, the audience, will decide whether to help the characters solve a comedy mystery, or make it harder for them. To give them a happy ending or dreadful one. And to decide what they’ll wear while they do it!

THEATRE

4 – 8 Jul | 7:30pm (plus 2:30pm Sat 8 Jul)

An Experiment With An Airpump

No Drama

“I had smaller ambitions, I wanted to be God”. in a world where knowledge is power, how far should we go? What drives us forward and what makes us snap? Love, ambition, hope and betrayal. These are the themes explored in Shelagh Stephenson’s’ beautifully layered play over the span of two centuries and within the debate of Art versus Science asks us where the line is drawn in morality and ethics.

THEATRE

Sat 8 Jul @ 6pm + 8pm

Onset

Your Mother’s Son Theatre Company

ONSET is composed of ten new, exciting and daring pieces of original writing performed by ten new theatre makers from all over Ireland, working together to bring electric new writing to life.

THEATRE

Monday 26 Jun- Saturday 1 July at 7:30pm

True Pirates Never Die

The Gaiety School Of Acting

A notorious pirate ship has been lost at sea, and the surviving members of the crew wash up on a mysterious island. But more than the crew has washed ashore; there’s also the pirate captain’s stolen treasure, which will bring much more than worldly wealth.

THEATRE

26 Jun – 1 Jul | 8pm

Eden

Little Shadow Theatre Company + Unravel Productions

Billy and Breda are married and live in an Irish midlands town. This is their weekend.

THEATRE

Stones in his Pockets

Arclight Theatre Company

Arguably the most famous American play ever written. Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winning drama set in Grover’s Corners remains as poignant and relevant today as it was in 1938 – a timeless story about living, love and loss and appreciating life and its quiet moments to their fullest.

 

THEATRE

29 May – 10 June 2017

Stones in his Pockets

The Theatre Chipping Norton and The Dukes Lancaster

A quiet Irish village is turned upside down with the arrival of a Hollywood film crew, looking for the ‘real’ Ireland for their latest schmaltzy blockbuster.

THEATRE

15 – 20 May 2017

The New Irish Playbook

Little Shadow Theatre Company

Little Shadow Theatre Company are giving some of the best up and coming writers, directors and actors a chance to showcase the immense talent this country has in this entirely original collection of short plays.

LITERATURE FESTIVAL

20 – 29 May 2017

International Literature Festival Dublin 2017

International Literature Festival Dublin

The international festival is back, showcasing exciting contemporary authors with various talks, lectures and events.


THEATRE

1 – 13 May 2017

Flann’s Yer Only Man

Bare Bodkin Theatre

Flann’s Yer Only Man is based on the life and work of Flann O’Brien, aka Myles na Gopaleen, aka Brian O’Nolan (1911-1966), widely regarded as Ireland’s finest satirist since Jonathan Swift.

THEATRE

4 – 6 May 2017

The Faerie Thorn

Big Telly Theatre

The Faerie Thorn recreates Jane Talbot’s dark, imaginative and bewitching tales, propelling the audience into a world of devilish debts, trysts and trades, broken bargains and unjust trials; of magic, quick-wittedness, hoodwinking and revenge.


WORLD MUSIC

13 Apr 2017

Globe

360 Entertainment

A world music concert that combines virtuoso individual performances with different instrumentation from around the world.
The show features world-class performers who trade and fuse their music and singing skills to achieve extraordinarily original, exquisite and powerful soundscapes.

MUSIC FESTIVAL

27 – 29 Apr 2017

Music Current 2017

Dublin Sound Lab

DUBLIN SOUND LAB is a contemporary music group specialising in electronic and computer-mediated concert performance. They presents MUSIC CURRENT 2017, a showcase for the best in new Irish and international contemporary electronic music.


ART INSTALLATION

29 Mar – 1 Apr 2017

Peer Gynt

Inchicore College of Further Education

Ibsen’s play is a picaresque tale about the amiable rogue Peer Gynt. This version by Frank McGuinness re-makes it into a work as valid for contemporary audiences as when it was written in 1867.

THEATRE

3 – 15 Apr 2017

A Life In The Theatre

Byrne & McNulty

The 2017 revival of (Pulitzer and Tony Award winner) David Mamet’s A Life In The Theatre. David Mamet’s hilarious two-hander charts the relationship between an older actor reaching the twilight of his career, and that of his rising young counterpart.


ART INSTALLATION

13 – 18 Mar 2017

Wit’s End

Christina Reihill

In a resurrection of the 1920’s poet, famed as much for her suicide attempts, abortions and thwarted desires, as for her dark, pithy verse, short stories and journalism, through words, images and objects the artist re-imagines an internal narrative for Parker, to provide a context for the unthought known in the human experience.

THEATRE

20 – 25 Mar 2017

This Looks Bad

Kill the Cat Productions

You’re on a night out. You’re drunk and you think to yourself ‘maybe I should just go home’. But you don’t. Join Claire for This Looks Bad, a dark stumble through Dublin night life.


THEATRE

6 – 11 Mar 2017

Brontë

Illustrated Productions

How could three Victorian spinsters have written some of the most romantic and passionate fiction of all time? Destined to lonesome, isolated lives in the English countryside, three sisters Emily, Charlotte and Anne, face their brothers decline into alcoholism and insanity. But as chaos descends on the household the sisters begin to write, creating works of art that would reach the hearts of millions and span centuries.

OPERA

21 + 23 – 25 Mar 2017

Vampirella

The Royal Irish Academy of Music + The Lir Academy

Set in 1914, Angela Carter’s story tells of Hero, an English soldier on a cycling holiday in the Carpathian Mountains, who seeks shelter in a lonely castle where he meets and disarms the beautiful vampire Countess. Hero’s virgin innocence saves him from being eaten alive by the beautiful blood-sucking woman, but it will not save him from the butchery of the First World War.


DANCE

6 – 8 Mar 2017

Linger

Ériu

Powerful and tender, two dancers at opposite ends of their dancing career share a poignant duet through contemporary Irish dance. Lïnger, performed by ex-Riverdance principal Breandán de Gallaí and Nick O’Connell, is an immersive theatrical experience about sexuality, ageing and identity, told through a rich tapestry of photography, film, music, and movement.

OPERA

8 Mar 2017

Herstory Hootenanny

HERSTORY

A storytelling extravaganza in celebration of women on International Women’s Day 2017. This special evening features comedy, poetry, theatre, music, mini talks and a few surprises. From ancient goddesses to contemporary mavericks, discover the lost life stories of extraordinary women from Ireland and around the world.

Performers and speakers include Women are Boring, Amy De Bhrún, CandleLit Tales, Carina Fitzpatrick, Anna Carey, Rebecca T Kealy, Aideen Mc Queen and Fatin Al Tamini, to name but a few.


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

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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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20th April-23rd April 2016

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 

 Bitter Like A Lemon

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

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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.