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Previous Shows

 
LIVE PODCAST 
20 + 21 Dec 2019
Pure Brazen
I’m Grand Mam

Join Kevin and PJ as they take their podcast ‘I’m Grand Mam’ from their kitchen table to the cutest theatres in Ireland to bring you Pure Brazen; the shameless sex ed chat you never knew you needed but have subconsciously always been craving!

It’ll be a night full of naughty notions so you’ll know all the bits when it comes to making your move at the work Christmas party!


MUSIC
19 Dec 2019
Video Launch & Christmas Special
Clara Belle

A special intimate gig to launch the latest video for alt-pop artist Clara Belle’s ‘City I Love U’.

This is her final Dublin show of the year. She will play never before heard songs from her upcoming EP plus some warming seasonal specials and be joined by some amazing surprise guests on the evening.


COMEDY IMPROV
19 – 21 Dec 2019
Dreamgun Film Reads: The Christmas Binge 
Dreamgun 

Dreamgun return to Smock Alley with a mini-season of Film Reads tangentially related to Christmas. A different christmasy film script every night, rewritten with jokes and performed by unprepared comedians.


MUSICAL THEATRE

12 – 14 Dec 2019

Baaa Humbug! A Stocking Full of Show Tunes
Gingerboy Productions | Paul Wilkins

Three Wise Men they are not…but stars from the hit musical Les Misérables they are! Join West-End, Broadway and International performers Earl Carpenter, Paul Wilkins & Chris Holland in an evening fully packed with musical anecdotes, witty banter and an abundance of Christmas merriment!


THEATRE

9 – 14 Dec 2019

This is NOT a Cult
No Desserts

Picture it. The near future. The seas have risen, the end times are nigh and​ ​you’re stuck…singing…and worshipping…in Athlone. A play with songs (not​ ​a musical!), This is NOT a Cult shepherds its flock into the bleak remnants of​ ​apocalyptic Ireland where Jesus 2 has gathered a desperate bunch of so-​​called sinners to his table to worship both his deeds and quite possibly his​ ​misdeeds.

 

MUSIC

6 Dec 2019

Chef Chocolate
Cooks but we’re chefs + Audible Chocolate 

A collaboration between Cooks but we’re chefs and Audible Chocolate. 


THEATRE

3 – 7 Dec 2019

Gaslight
No Drama Theatre Company 

Set against the backdrop of Victorian London in the late 19th century, Gaslight (from the 1938 Patrick Hamilton play Gas Light and its 1940 and 1944 film adaptations) tells the tale of Bella Manningham: a gentle, devoted wife who believes that she is slowly going mad.

 


THEATRE

18 – 23 Nov 2019

Zandra, Queen of Jazz
Darn skippy Productions

With just her sax and a suitcase, Zandra Mitchell joined a jazz band and toured the world. Born in Phibsborough, Dublin in 1903, she was Ireland’s first female saxophonist.
While the twenties roared she found her way through Europe to Berlin. The dictators rose; the books burned; the bombs dropped…and Zandra played her sax.


DUBLIN BOOK FESTIVAL

14 – 17 Nov 2019

DBF 2019

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

13 Nov 2019

Othello
The Bright Umbrella Theatre Company

The Turks are attacking Cyprus and General Othello, ‘The Moor’, is sent with an army by the Venetian Duke to stop their advance.  In the claustrophobic atmosphere of a Cypriot military stockade, the psychopathic Iago convinces Othello that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with The Moor’s right-hand man, Captain Cassio.
The result is an explosion of mistaken motives, violence and murder.  Shakespeare’s original script abridged to 130 minutes including interval.

 


THEATRE

10 – 16 Nov 2019

Hollow and Dead-Eyed Beasts
Some People Theatre Company

Three reclusive former child stars are forced to sell their lavish South Dublin home when they finally run out of money after years of living to excess.
Having gathered to mourn their manager’s death, things begin to get weird.


MUSIC

9 Nov 2019

Listening Bodies
Kirkos + Tonnta

One time epic take-over of all spaces across Smock Alley Theatre, created by Tonnta and Kirkos, two music collectives. 


THEATRE

4 – 8 Nov 2019

The Haunted Host
Melia Theatre Company

When The Haunted Host premiered at the infamous Caffe Cino in Greenwich Village in 1964, it did so illegally due to its explicit portrayal of homosexuality. This play – coming a half decade before the Stonewall Riots of 1969 – was one of many artistic catalysts that propelled the early Gay Rights Movement in the United States.


MUSIC

1 Nov 2019

Thresholds by Saso & Kevin Corcoran
Glasshouse, MLTDSNW

Glasshouse are proud to present Thresholds, the latest album from Saso and Kevin Corcoran. The compositions in this innovative work are inspired by the cycle of life and the journey to death, making for a contemplative and meditative experience. Glasshouse are excited to bring this experience to you with a live concert of Thresholds in Smock Alley Theatre. Prepare to immerse yourself in a very special night.


NEWvember New Plays Festival 2019

1 + 2 Nov 2019

NEWvember

This is the 8th annual NEWvember, a festival of rehearsed readings of new plays. After 5 years in New York, this is the 3rd year the event will be held in Dublin. The spirit of NEWvember is to provide a dynamic, interactive and welcoming place where writers can hear their plays read by seasoned actors, and discuss their work and creative process with the audience.


LITERATURE FESTIVAL

1 – 3 Nov 2019

Murder One Crimewriting Festival

A series of talks and discussions with various crime-writers and crime-writing experts. 

 


MUSIC

31 Oct 2019

Niamh Strong Sings Eva Cassidy
Niamh Strong

Think of a beautiful tapestry with many vibrant colours. Think Blues, Soul & Jazz. This is the stunning voice of Niamh Strong. Born into the entertainment business, her father Rob Strong is the legendary Blues performer, and brother Andrew Strong was Decco Cuff in The Commitments. Niamh first lifted a microphone at the tender age of 9 when her father was jamming with other musicians, astonishing everyone in the room with an impressive blues run. There and then, it was obvious this little girl had natural talent.


DANCE

29 Oct 2019

Oasis Bellydance Festival
Oasis Bellydance

Oasis BellyDance has been for over 20 years sharing the art of oriental dance around the world. Directed by Thay Molica &  Allan Victor.


BALLET

24 – 26 Oct 2019

Grey Matter
ballet project[d]

ballet project[d] presents two new and original works choreographed by Lauren Speirs at Smock Alley Theatre October 24th – 26th.


THEATRE

21 – 26 Oct 2019

20 Seconds
Thunder and Theatre Company

What can you do in 20 Seconds? Wake up? Fall asleep? Make an enemy? Fall in love? Save a life? Is it enough time? In this debut performance by Thunder and Theatre Company, 20 SECONDS is story of two complete strangers attempting to become friends after circumstance leaves them trapped in an elevator.


MUSICAL

15 – 19 Oct 2019

New Fish A Musical
Grace O’Malley

When Dublin girl Anna moves to London ready to make a splash in the West End and finds herself waiting tables instead of waiting in the wings, she struggles to come to terms with the reality of the industry. A story about finding your place in the world when you have lost your way; how friends are the family you make yourself and when things seem just beyond your reach, it’s time to slay it.


IMRAM 

14 – 19 Oct 2019

IMRAM 2019
 

Tugann IMRAM a lucht éisteachta/féachana ar aistear eolais, aistear ina gcuirimid eolas ar shaibhreas na litríochta Gaeilge comhaimseartha trí mheascán d’imeachtaí éagsúla a chuimsíonn prós, filíocht agus ceol, agus sin i dtimpeallachtaí beoga.


DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL

9 – 12 Oct 2019

Burgerz
Travis Alabanza and Hackney Showroom

After someone threw a burger at them and shouted a transphobic slur, performance artist Travis Alabanza became obsessed with burgers.
How they’re made, how they feel, and smell. How they travel through the air. How the mayonnaise feels on your skin.


DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL

2 – 6 Oct 2019

Pike St.
Nilaja Sun

Set in a diverse neighbourhood in the shadow of Manhattan Bridge, Pike St. tells the story of a desperate mother unable to move her stricken daughter down five flights of stairs during an approaching hurricane. As she works to keep the electricity flowing into her daughter’s respirator, an entire community of colourful characters – a decorated war veteran, her ne’er-do-well father, and her octogenarian downstairs neighbour – offer their help, casting new light on the phrase ‘it takes a village.’

 


THEATRE

24 – 27 Sep 2019

Extra Ordinary
Mind’s Eye Theatre Company

Extra Ordinary tells the story of a young journalist who travels to an asylum in Mississippi, in the late 1970’s, to understand the lives of its patients and how they’re “treated”.

 


THEATRE

24 – 28 Sep 2019

48
No Desserts 

The lives of four friends are changed forever when they enter the Stardust Nightclub on Dublin’s Northside on 13th February 1981.


FRINGE FESTIVAL

17  – 21 Sep 2019

Starlet
Alison Spittle | Blow In Productions

We like sex. We like discovery. We are the voice in your head; the chat over pints; the eggplant emoji. It all starts in a bath, finding that little button and all of a sudden you’ve opened Pandora’s box.


FRINGE FESTIVAL

17  – 21 Sep 2019

GirlPlay
Sarah Richardson | The Morrígu Productions

We like sex. We like discovery. We are the voice in your head; the chat over pints; the eggplant emoji. It all starts in a bath, finding that little button and all of a sudden you’ve opened Pandora’s box.


FRINGE FESTIVAL

17  – 21 Sep 2019

Dreamgun Film Reads Strikes Back
Dreamgun

After their sell-out, award-winning and critically acclaimed run last year, Dreamgun strike back with a whole new lineup of film reads for you to binge at Fringe. Classic film scripts, rewritten with jokes and nonsense, read by unprepared comedians.


FRINGE FESTIVAL

17  – 22 Sep 2019

Minefield
Clare Monnelly | In Association with axis Ballymun

We all have choice. We all have autonomy. But one wrong move can shift opinion. No one wants to be on the wrong side of history. The mob are out for blood. Who’s next?
Joe was a really big deal. Before the video that turned the tide. Jack had a following too, but in a very different way. Cillian was just a kid.


FRINGE FESTIVAL

17  – 21 Sep 2019

Vespertilio
BARRY MCSTAY | Fight and Hope

The rest of his species was declared extinct. His location is a closely guarded secret. He is the last of his kind. Alan is the protector of the last Greater Mouse-Eared Bat left in Britain, his sole focus is this creature’s survival. That is, until a chance meeting in the dark with a charming young runaway changes everything.


FRINGE FESTIVAL

17  – 22 Sep 2019

Afloat
Eva O’Connor & Hildegard Ryan | Sunday’s Child

The climate apocalypse has hit. Dublin is underwater. Best friends Bláthnaid and Debs have survived, and live on the top floor of the SIPTU building.
With only seagulls and their kayak for company, they spend their days drifting and reminiscing over the last days of Dublin. Debs looks to the future, but Bláthnaid is tormented by guilt.
Why were they blind to the wave that was coming?


FRINGE FESTIVAL

13 – 15 Sep 2019

Birthright
Nadine Flynn

The patriarch has passed. A mother and daughter have a story to tell. One is comfortable existing, and the other is eager to be seen. And they have an audience to please.


FRINGE FESTIVAL

12 – 15 Sep 2019

[Re]Framed: Articulations & STICKMAN
ELENA LYDIA KREUSCH & DARRAGH MCLOUGHLIN | Squarehead Productions

In the first piece, the performer conducts an intimate self-examination of her body on stage. She does this in order for us to see ourselves. How many stories can be inscribed on one’s body? The second piece features Man, Stick and TV. Man and Stick engage in various improbable feats of balance. It’s fairly easy to interpret as the TV tells you what to see. Until it starts to tell you what to do. This work is a circus piece on the surface and a tragedy at its core.


FRINGE FESTIVAL

10 – 15 Sep 2019

Nine Weeks
Seán Kennedy

This is a story of love, vulnerability, connection and reclaiming lost power. When Seán discovered his mother was terminally ill, he travelled to Australia to bring her home. Things didn’t go as planned. He’s trapped between two worlds. These nine weeks changed them both forever.


FRINGE FESTIVAL

10 – 15 Sep 2019

The Prosecco Express
Joanne McNally | The Lisa Richards Agency

Joanne is lost, not physically, she knows exactly where she is, she’s in Dublin. But adopted at six months old, she has no real sense of who she is.


FRINGE FESTIVAL

10 – 15 Sep 2019

Sink
John O’Donovan | One Duck

Summer. Heatwave. City’s like a pressure cooker. Country boglands crack open, revealing secrets long buried. Bríd’s coming home to convalesce.
Ciara’s headed west too, investigating a potential archaeological site. But as they arrive in the village, they find peace elusive.


FRINGE FESTIVAL

10 – 15 Sep 2019

LIVE Feed
Tony Cantwell

In the year 2000, comedian Tony Cantwell celebrated his confirmation by buying a home personal computer and entered the world of online anonymity.
A multimedia story told through sketch, stand-up and video of how one chubby fridget successfully juggled multiple personas but found the biggest struggle was his own puberty.


FRINGE FESTIVAL

9 – 15 Sep 2019

Symphony of Worms
Hannah Mamalis

Hannah is an only child. She has an unsettling attraction to Hobbits, always misses the toilet with the toilet paper and is terrified of dying alone.
But what if she could reach out and experience a glimpse of life and death through her alternate selves in alternate dimensions?


FRINGE FESTIVAL

7 – 10 Sep 2019

Circus
Tara Brandel

Interrogate what makes an acceptable performer in contemporary Ireland, be it the ageing pole dancer, the migrant street dancer, or the non-normative body. Playful, intense, poignant, irreverent; immerse yourself in an exploration of the roles of masculinity, queerness, MeToo and gender in our rapidly changing society.

 


FRINGE FESTIVAL

 7 – 22 Sep 2019

MOOP
Game Theatre

Five silent characters find increasingly hilarious and beautiful ways of playing with the strange (to them anyway) stuff that keeps appearing in their world.
A physical theatre performance about curiosity, play and getting un-bored, this is a show for anyone who’s ever found more than one use for a stick.

 

 


MUSICAL THEATRE

5 – 7 Sep 2019

Ordinary Days
The Rising Theatre Company

From one of musical theatre’s most exciting new composers comes ORDINARY DAYS, a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should at some point.)


THEATRE

19 – 31 Aug 2019

Bright Eyes
Little Shadow Theatre Co.

Bright Eyes is a dark comedy which follows four near-perfect strangers who are brought together through various circumstances and end up spending an alcohol-laced evening connecting with each other. They discover over the course of wine, whiskey and music that their meeting was not accidental and perhaps is far more sinister than they could have imagined.


THEATRE

12 – 31 Aug 2019

The Roaring Banshees
The Devious Theatre Company

After a failed assassination attempt on Eamon de Valera, a rogue Cumann na mBan unit flee across the Atlantic to escape the law. With Prohibition in full swing, they earn their keep by making bootleg poitín and selling it on to the Chicago mob. But it’s not long before a gang war breaks out with them caught in the middle…


THEATRE

23 July – 10 Aug 2019

Waiting For Godot
…no alternative… in association with ETHOS

Vladimir and Estragon wait endlessly for the arrival of Godot, discussing religion, contemplating suicide and crotch rot in a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes and nonsense.


THEATRE

23 – 27 July 2019

The Kelly Company
Jack of All Trades Productions

Set against the back drop of the Wild West, The Kelly Company follows the story of the Kelly Brothers, James and Philip Kelly, Irish immigrants who head out West in search of fortune but soon find themselves embroiled in an epic tale of violence and betrayal that will put them in the cross hairs of legendary gunslingers, corrupt Pinkerton Detectives, scorned women, wild Natives and even each other.


THEATRE

17 – 20 July 2019

Unfit For Purpose
Grace Corry

Ronny has never felt worse. In a desperate effort to treat his depression, he turns to the last person he feels he can – his GP. Dr. Marianne Mc Cormack. A pillar of her community for many a year, Dr. Marianne is less than aware of how to approach such problems An irreverent, thought provoking dark comedy which will make you laugh when you might feel you shouldn’t. But we’re sniggering at depression, not with it.


THEATRE

16 – 21 July 2019

These Stupid Things
White Label

Two doctors work to save lives by improving the decision-making of their colleagues.
As they fall for each other and their professional and personal lives become intertwined, will their emotions cloud their reason and rationality? These Stupid Things is a new piece of theatre about the thin line between logic and intuition that exists in our heads.


THEATRE

9 – 13 July 2019

Kate Crackernuts
No Drama Theatre

Kate’s sister Anne, a ravishing beauty, wakes up one morning to discover a sheep’s head on her shoulders instead of her own.
Thus begins the journey of the ever-practical Kate in her quest to return Anne to her former glory, a journey sidetracked by Kate’s obsession with saving a slim raver-boy from a nasty little addiction. Based loosely and lyrically on the Scottish fairy tale “Kate Crackernuts”.


THEATRE

8 – 13 July 2019

Demelza Eating Apples
Three Wise Women Theatre Co.

A little boy, who is three… almost four, loses his Dad. His big sister steps in to look after the family. A funny and sad tale of love, caring, loss, tragedy and obsession.


THEATRE

1 – 6 July 2019

The Last Corner Shop on Misery Hill
Polliwog Theatre Collective

The Last Corner Shop on Misery Hill is a dark comedy set in Dublin. It follows brothers Mick and Joey O’Reilly as they battle to keep their disastrous corner shop afloat in a world where the conglomerate edges ever closer. Things go from bad to worse for the brothers. What happens next is something that will change the course of the shop and their lives forever.


THEATRE

25 – 29 June 2019

Below Below
Gaiety School of Acting

What happens when everything you have is lost? A divided world, sometime in the not so distant future. A ceremony is happening in the woods. A celebration of a beginning. A celebration of love. You are invited, even if you are from the city. There are some rules though – no gifts, no phones. Only you.


THEATRE

24 – 29 June 2019

Shakers
Waiting Tables Productions

Welcome to Shakers cocktail bar! It’s the place where everyone wants to be seen. From leery businessmen to supermarket cashiers to the local heart throb. We meet our four waitresses amongst the hustle and bustle of gossip and spilled cocktails as they navigate the claustrophobia and chaos of busy bar life. We’re given an insight into their lives, which is at times poignant and always dangerously funny.


COMEDY

22 June 2019

Asperger’s Are Us, LIVE!
Asperger’s Are Us

The stars of the HBO docu-series ‘On Tour with Asperger’s Are Us’ perform a brand new live sketch comedy show for people who enjoy highly verbal absurdist humour.


COMEDY

16 – 22 June 2019

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.


THEATRE

10 – 15 June 2019

My Heart and I : The Life and Loves of Josef Locke
nowRnever

This two-man show brings you the fellow artists, agents and marriage partners of this working class hero whose extraordinary voice soared over the bustle of showbiz wheeling and dealing as he clambered to the top of his profession, no matter what.


MUSIC

9 June 2019

From The Blue
Brian Horgan

Having performed sell out shows in the Sugar Club, The Peacock Theatre and in the New York Foundation for the Arts Brian is bringing a new show to Smock Alley. Featuring Brian’s original songs; ‘From the Blue’ is a warm, funny and intimate, New York style cabaret that celebrates navigating life’s lessons. With four world class musicians and joined by special guest, West End Singer Róisin Sullivan, it’s a show not to be missed.


THEATRE

30 & 31 May 2019

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

28 May 2019

Abair / Samaa
Bealtaine Festival, an Age & Opportunity Arts Initiative

Abair/Samaa is a new commission by the Bealtaine festival. The piece is an intercultural choral performance by musical director Eimear Crehan, singer songwriter Farah Elle and theatre maker Rachel Bergin.


FESTIVAL

18 – 26 May 2019

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.


THEATRE

12 May 2019

Pumpgirl
Decadent Theatre

There’s one in every town, and they call her the Pumpgirl.
She works in the garage, changes the oil and thinks she’s one of the lads.
She’s sweet on ‘No-Helmet’ Hammy, but he loves no one but himself.
He’s out all night with his racing boys, whilst wife Sinead’s off on a joyride of her own, with an ache that’s about to be cured.


COMEDY

11 May 2019

Sight Unseen – The Future of Irish Theatre
Auto-Correbt

Auto-Correbt have set themselves the challenge of performing all the best new plays that are coming to Irish theatres in 2019.
The only problem is that these don’t exist yet.


THEATRE

9 May 2019

From The Plains – The Story of John Devoy
Fia Rua + Glorious Shambles Productions

Actor, writer and musician Fia Rua (Eoghan Burke) presents his one hour show on the life of renowned exiled Fenian, John Devoy (1842-1928).


THEATRE

6 – 11 May 2019

Writers In The Starts
Glorious Shambles Productions

We have lost many great writers over the years.
Where are they now?
Do they come to life every time you read one of their stories or plays?
Are they in the hearts of the children studying them for exams?


MUSICAL THEATRE

2 – 4 May 2019

A Chorus Line
American College Dublin

Ireland’s premiere musical theatre degree students present the quintessential backstage musical.


THEATRE

22 – 27 April 2019

Spotless
Rise Productions and Then This Theatre, in association with Smock Alley, The Civic, and Everyman

Forty-something Genevieve has downsized from an affluent suburb and struggles with life in her new home backing onto a grim block of flats. Jenny, a leaving cert student who
lives in the flats, wants a way out. While Genevieve clings to her last chance of having children, Jenny avoids unwanted attention from the opposite sex.


IMRPOV COMEDY

19 – 20 April 2019

Fur City
Shaffey

Fur City is an improvised soap opera… with puppets! Completely made up on the spot based on suggestions from the audience, this hilarious soap parody features some of Ireland’s most talented comedy performers and improvisers, and a cast of puppet pals.


THEATRE

16 – 4 April 2019

The Seamster’s Daughter
Glass Mask Theatre

After the success of Glass Mask Theatre’s debut production ‘Idlewild’ by Jimmy Murphy, Smock Alley’s company-in-residence invites you back to the Boys’ School for Jimmy’s latest play, The Seamster’s Daughter.


MUSIC

10 -13 April 2019

Music Current 2019
Dublin Sound Lab

DUBLIN SOUND LAB presents MUSIC CURRENT 2019 a four-day festival of the best in new Irish and international contemporary electronic music, 10–13 April 2019.


THEATRE

8 – 13 April 2019

48
No Desserts

The new, lionhearted and savagely funny ’48’ by Dublin playwright Gemma Kane, captures the pulsating youth of 1980s Dublin on the brink of irreparable social change through sharp-tongued narrative and visceral movement, set to the backdrop of a haunting, 80s inspired soundscape by composer Dylan Tonge Jones.


MUSIC / STORYTELLING

6 April 2019

Otherworld : The Story of Tír na nNóg
The Lalala Choir & Ríona Sally Hartman

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.


MUSIC

5 April 2019

Experience Japan 10th Anniversary
Experience Japan

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Experience Japan Hanami Festival, a special concert will be held on Friday 5th April. Four champion Japanese performers including Hiro Hayashida (former Kodo member and global award-winning Taiko Master) joined by Miyu Kobayashi (Shinobue & Taiko), Luke Hayashida (Taiko) and for this special event, Hibiki Sawada on Shamisen.


TALK

31 March 2019

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.


EXHIBITION / MUSIC

30 March 2019

Continuum
Barry Kerr

A unique exhibition of paintings and songs by Barry Kerr, performed by Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Pauline Scanlon, Niall Hanna, Síle Denvir, Niamh Dunne and Seán Óg Graham.


THEATRE

29 March 2019

In The Window
Nuala McKeever

Life hasn’t turned out the way Margaret dreamed. She’s lonely as hell, in a house that won’t sell, with no kids, no husband and a job that’s deathly boring. So tonight, she’s got a date with a bottle of pink fizz and a bowl of pink pills and she’s going to go out in style.


THEATRE

27 – 30 March 2019

Love and Information
Inchicore College of Further Education

Caryl Churchill’s “Love and Information” is a play addressing contemporary issues about knowledge, technology and communication, and our capacity for love. It was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London, on 6 September 2012.


THEATRE

18 – 23 March 2019

Electric
ILA Productions

Baby wipes, glitter and cans at the ready, Joni and Scarlett head off on their respective weekends. From two walks of life and residing on two sides of the festival, the pair unexpectedly meet in the neon fields of Electric Picnic. Hysterically riotous and soul-stirring, ELECTRIC probes our innate prejudices and preconceived notions of who we are while taking you on the session of a lifetime!


THEATRE

18 – 23 March 2019

Fallen Angels
Blacklight Productions

It’s London, 1926. And two “wretchedly happily married” women are about to have their lives turned upside down by the return of their former French lover. Buckle up.


MUSIC / DANCE

15 March 2019

Terra Firmish
Sean Mac Erlaine

Terra Firmish is a new musical work commissioned by St Patrick’s Festival, written by Seán Mac Erlaine for dance, harp, clarinet, marimba, percussion, and electronics.


THEATRE

11 – 16 March 2019

Just an Ordinary Lawyer
Tayo Aluko & Friends

He is Britain’s first Black judge, a fine singer and keen cricket lover. Finding himself stranded in the Heart of Empire, Nigerian Tunji Sowande muses on Black liberation struggles worldwide. He insists he is no political aficionado, but is content to contribute through his music and songs.


THEATRE

4 – 9 March 2019

Call Mr. Robeson
Tayo Aluko & Friends

A rollercoaster journey through African-American actor and singer Paul Robeson’s remarkable life, highlighting his pioneering and heroic political activism. Features Ol’ Man River and other famous songs, much fiery oratory, and a defiant testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee.


THEATRE

4 – 9 March 2019

Port Authority
Decadent Theatre

A young boy leaves home for the first time, a man begins a job for which he is not qualified, a pensioner receives a mysterious package. As each man confronts the significance of these events, they are forced to take stock of themselves, their feelings, and of the decisions they have made.


FESTIVAL

13 Feb – 2 March 2019

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.


THEATRE

8 & 9 Feb 2019

Thirteen Steps To The Attic
MayDay Creates / Michelle Cahill

Versatile performer Michelle Cahill presents her first solo work; a multi layered montage of movement and text performed with a live sound-score and recorded tracks from the eclectic band Thieves of Silence.


COMEDY

6 Feb 2019

Gearoid Farrelly Home Truths
Lisa Richards

Gearóid Farrelly brings his brand of chatty stand up comedy on tour, addressing everything from Trump to decluttering and explaining why you shouldn’t toilet train a cat!


THEATRE

5 – 9 Feb 2019

Kracked
JADE

Uncle Tony overdosed last month and has left the future of the family business resting on Sharon’s shoulders. Will Kit Kats and cocaine be her saving grace or will a frantic ex, fifty debts and a recent death in the family cause her to finally crack? ‘Kracked’ is the comic peek inside the mind of a young woman coping with the lows and highs (literally!) of life as a newfound business woman.


THEATRE

4 & 5 Feb 2019

Fond Pageant
Roomkeepers Productions

An illustrated, Poetic, theatrical meditation celebrating the healing and redemptive powers of art, written and performed by Daniel Reardon. The show is based on ‘Fond Pageant’, the author’s book of poems published in 2018.


THEATRE

31 Jan – 1 Feb 2019

One Love
Blue Diamond Theatre

One Love is a joyous exploration of friendship, what it’s like to be in love and have a learning disability. Paul and Orla are engaged and making plans for their future. One Love charts their journey towards their big day. Blue Diamond Drama Academy is a new initiative which is providing a 2 year drama training for talented adult performers with a learning disability.


THEATRE

28 Jan – 2 Feb 2019

So Where Do We Begin?
Sugar Coat Theatre

Psychotherapist Dave has fallen out of love: with his job, with his wife, with everything. But then he is visited by a new patient – a woman claiming she can steal people’s memories – and he is seduced by her story. With the help of his colleague Julieann, Dave begins to unravel the mystery before him.


THEATRE

22 – 26 Jan 2019

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
No Drama Theatre

A classic story of good versus evil, law versus the gun, one man versus Liberty Valance. A tale of love, hope, and revenge set against the vicious backdrop of a lawless society. A young scholar from New York travels west in search of a new life he arrives beaten and half-dead on the dusty streets of Twotrees. Rescued from the plains, the town soon becomes his home as he finds the love of a local woman.


THEATRE

23 – 26 Jan 2019

The First Protestant
Splódar

A gripping psychological drama with moments of intensity and also unexpected comedy. The First Protestant presents a tense duel between Martin Luther and the shadowy figure of the Analyst, and through it the life and struggles of Luther, the monk who defied the Catholic church with  profound repercussions for Christendom. The play probes the far-reaching influence of Luther’s thinking on such leaders as Bismark and Hitler and also finds echoes in current events such as a European banking collapse and threats to global peace.


OPERA

18 + 19 Jan 2019

Baroque Opera Double Bill
DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama

DIDO AND AENEAS (PURCELL) & IL COMBATTIMENTO DI TANCREDI E CLORINDA (MONTEVERDI)
Purcell’s much-loved masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas, recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her. The opera is full of magnificent music including Dido’s Lament, one of the most beautiful and tragic arias ever written. This is coupled with a rare opportunity to see Claudio Monteverdi’s Combat between Tancredi and Clorinda, a romance set against the backdrop of the First Crusade.


TALK

20 Jan 2019

Balding Made Me Do It
Claire Fullam

Claire lost her hair in front of the nation & miraculously grew it back again.
The show is a story of struggle, perseverance and the art of learning how to be yourself. Basically a live Instagram Live with Claire Balding! An evening of fun, lols and uplifting & meaningful chats! Learn how to tell your story.


THEATRE

14 – 19 Jan 2019

Personal Space Volume 2
Colfer Mamalis McGann

After last year’s sell out inaugural show ‘Personal Space’, an anthology of the dark, weird and deeply funny. Co-Writer/performers Stephen Colfer, Hannah Mamalis and Peter McGann return with three completely new short comedy scripts. Personal Space Vol II tells three more stories of the worst people in the worst situations. And then there’s a twist.


FIRST FORTNIGHT FESTIVAL 2019

Fri 11 Jan 2019

Blue Devils
Fleet of Feet – Stella Godmet

In 1943, after being diagnosed as schizophrenic, Rose Williams, Tennessee Williams’ sister, underwent a prefrontal lobotomy which left her mentally incapacitated. Williams was very close to his sister and this trauma left its mark on the man and on the writer. Shades of Rose can be found in many of Williams’ female characters. Mentally unstable or free spirited ?


FIRST FORTNIGHT FESTIVAL 2019

7 – 12 Jan 2019

Nothing But A Toerag
Taking the Biscuit

‘Nothing But A Toerag’ is a dark comedy about dealing with your demons and the effects of suppressing trauma. We meet two women locked away in a cell and a tense drama unfolds. Watch as two alpha females struggle for dominance in the confines of their shared space.


FIRST FORTNIGHT FESTIVAL 2019

8 – 12 Jan 2019

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.


FIRST FORTNIGHT FESTIVAL 2019

2 – 5 Jan 2019
Sally Denver Matthews
Gilly O’Shea

Sally + Stephen + 2 bottles of Malbec = Heidi. Heidi has only been around for 6 months, but she is already in charge. Sally adores her new baby, but she misses her old life when she only had herself to worry about. Her new life as a mother is overwhelming and it feels like there’s no time to talk to Stephen.


FIRST FORTNIGHT FESTIVAL 2019

1 – 5 Jan 2019

Stephen Mullan : Son of a Preacher Man
Lisa Richards

From the church to the psych ward, Stephen’s life started with Jesus and almost ended with the Tellytubbies. Childhood Sundays were for watching Dad deliver sermons and Mam lead evangelical worship time, but how was he going to survive being so uncool in ’90s small-town Ireland?


COMEDY

16, 21-23 Dec 2018

Rocket Around The Christmas Tree
Rocket Octopus

This December, Rocket Octopus will be exploding all over your Christmas like Lidl fairy lights. The fire is roaring. The stocking is stuffed. The mince is pied. The crackers are shit. The turkeys escaped. Anyway. We’re going to rock your manger, or at least gently and politely rock around your Christmas tree. We’ve felt your presents so we know what you’re gonna get- funny laughs! Or at least an hour long sketch comedy show.


COMEDY

14 & 15 Dec 2018

BOLSTOFF: A Modern Actor’s Introduction to Advanced Contemporary Performance
Wicker Socks

Join Wicker Socks as they share with you the secrets of “doing the acting” and fast-track you on the road to success in the world of theatre. This electrifying ‘workshop’ will include groundbreaking warm-up technique, audition preparation and a mandatory fire announcement. Expect to be sent on a hilarious journey that may be eerily familiar to those working in the arts and delightfully off-the-wall for everyone else. The Wicker Socks trio will guide audiences through every facet of the performing arts, deftly negotiating each semi-disaster as it comes their way.


STAND-UP

13 Dec 2018

Tale of a Hardy Buck
Martin Maloney

Tale of a Hardy Buck is a high-octane show filled with stories and songs that shaped the early Hardy Bucks episodes, the ups and downs of a career built around the cult comedy classic and a plush tapestry of impressions of real-life characters. Writer, creator and face of the Hardy Bucks, Martin Maloney takes his first solo stand-up show on the road!


READING

11 Dec 2018

Death of a Salesman
Glass Mask Theatre

Glass Mask Theatre, under the artistic direction of Rex Ryan, are the Resident Theatre Company of Smock Alley Theatre Boy’s School. Glass Mask are committed to presenting plays that thrill audiences. Glass Mask commit to the playwright and will stage work, new and classic, from Irish and International playwrights who possess a fire and commitment to the stage.


THEATRE

11 Dec 2018

Leaving No One Behind
Irish Aid event supported by the Irish Forum for Global Health

The 2018 Irish Aid Annual Professor Michael Kelly Lecture on HIV/AIDS will take place in our Banquet Hall on December 11 at 5:00pm. The theme of this year’s lecture will be “Leaving No-One Behind”. Like in previous years, this event will bring together those of us in Ireland passionate about HIV/AIDS with a diverse panel of speakers from around the world to explore current priorities, commemorate World AIDS Day, and to keep HIV high on the agenda.


THEATRE

3 – 15 Dec 2018

Iphigenia In Splott
Reality:Check Productions

Stumbling down the street at 11:30am drunk, Effie is the kind of girl you’d avoid eye contact with, silently passing judgement.
We think we know her, but we don’t know the half of it. Effie’s life spirals through a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day — till one night gives her the chance to be something more.


THEATRE

4 & 5 Dec 2018

A Christmas Carol
Neil McGarry

Neil McGarry’s award-winning one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been inspiring audiences across the northeast United States for the past five years. Directed by Ross MacDonald and created under the auspices of The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company, the production makes its European debut at Smock Alley before moving on to London, the Tea House Theatre; Switzerland, The Safe in Basel & Theater Uptown in Geneva; Czech Republic, Prague Shakespeare Company, Prgaue; and Italy, the Michael Pacher Haus, Bruneck.


MUSIC

1 Dec 2018

Zeit 3
Zeit

Z E I T Events presents an evening of improvised electronic music by four established artists each from different genres and experiences within the expansive electronic music scene both here and abroad. This eclectic mix of the contemporary and the retrospective will be performed on an array of analogue synthesizers and electronic effects in what promises to be a very unique performance of electronic soundscapes and sonic auditory experiences.


COMEDY

30 Nov 2018

Swift Laughs
The Johnathan Swift Festival

A celebration of Irish Comedy and Satire. Featuring John Colleary, Kevin McGahern, Hannah Mamalis, Aine Gallagher and hosted by David McSavage. Swift Laughs is sure to tickle a few funny bones while ruffling a few feathers.


THEATRE

26 Nov – 1 Dec 2018

Tuesdays With Morrie
Money For The Sun Productions

A heartwarming, emotional and humorous exploration of friendship, mortality, and the things that matter most in life. Tuesdays with Morrie is the charming and thought-provoking play about professor Morrie Schwartz and his former student Mitch Albom, who reunite 16 years after college for one final lesson: The Meaning of


COMEDY

21 – 24 Nov 2018

Cloud Study
Irish Modern Dance Theatre

Cloud Study is part dance, part dream, part theatre, part athletics. Two compelling dancers: Mufutau Yusuf, an Irishman, born in Nigeria, and Salma Ataya, a Palestinian Dabka dancer, attempt to run 1,000 kilometres in circles and lines through the space, chasing dreams, memories and home.


LITERARY

15-18 Nov 2018

Dublin Book Festival
DBF 2018

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.


COMEDY

15 Nov 2018

Sight Unseen
Auto-Correbt

Auto-Correbt have set themselves the challenge of performing all the greatest plays in the Irish canon.  The only problem is that they’ve seen none of them.  Based off just the titles and vague recollections from audience members they’re going to attempt to recreate the best bits from all the best shows by all the best Irish writers.  And they’re going to do it all on the spot.  Join Auto-Correbt on their joy-filled juggernaut of jest and japery.


DANCE

14 Nov 2018

Madeline
Angie Smalis

Based loosely on a 1798 Irish Gothic novel by Regina Maria Roche, “Madeline” illuminates something universal about the human response to personal and supernatural anxieties, and our sense of responsibility for the safety of others, through the story of a young woman. With original music by Limerick Jazz Ensemble.


THEATRE

13 Nov 2018

Best of Poetry – Transit Lounge Else – A Lift to the Stars
Else-Lasker-Schueler-Society with Astronautenkost

Transit Lounge Else is an international project of the Else Lasker-Schueler-Society (Wuppertal, Germany) in cooperation with the “Centre for Persecuted Arts” (Solingen, Germany), designed by the artist duo Astronautenkost. The focus is on the life and the outstanding work of the artist Else Lasker-Schueler.


SCIENCE

13 & 14 Nov 2018

Baking in Space
Niamh Shaw & Andrew Smyth | Part of Science Week 2018

How can a retro dessert explain how astronauts safely return to Earth? What connects molten sugar and micro-meteorite protection? How would you even bake bread in space? British Council Ireland are delighted to present ‘Baking in Space’, a Science Week family event with Andrew Smyth, aerospace engineer and Great British Bake Off finalist, and Dr Niamh Shaw, scientist, performer and space explorer for an evening of all things space, food and baking.


THEATRE

6 – 10 Nov 2018

The Little Prince
Tartarus Theatre

Venture alongside the titular Little Prince as he voyages through the cosmos, uncovering answers and unearthing knowledge about love, humanity and life. Meeting an array of interplanetary vagabonds and faux philosophers, he discovers life in the universe may not be exactly what he expected.


MUSIC

12 Nov 2018

4 Weddings and a Funeral
Co-Orch Dublin

Co-Orch proudly announces another evening of eclectic and vibrant classical music. To date, Co-Orch has raised over €110,000 for local charities performing vital work in their communities. As always, Co-Orch will take on daring and rarely performed classical works. Amongst many aural delights comes Shostakovic’s rich and wonderful Chamber symphony and a remastering of the ever-beautiful overture to Mozart’s marriage of Figaro.


MUSIC

12 Nov 2018

Phonica : Nine
Phonica

Phonica: Nine will feature performances and presentations from a range of exceptional, groundbreaking and award-winning writers, musicians and artists, in the realms of dramatic spoken word performance, experimental electronic music, avant-garde filmmaking, electroacoustic musique concréte, multimedia field research-based poetry, and improvisational spatial sounds w/ drones.


THEATRE

6 – 10 Nov 2018

Mis-Conceptions
Sugar Pie Theatre

We all love a good feisty discussion; arguing, listening and occasionally learning. The 6 members of the First Thursday Book Club are no different. Or at least that’s what they initially thought. They’ve discussed everything from Arianna’s choice of ‘Horton Hears a Who’, to Ann’s choice of ‘The Queen’s English and How To Use It’ to ‘War and Peace’ and lots more in between. But it’s only when Grace’s choice of ‘The Business of Babies’ is revealed that Elaine, Ann, Arianna, Tally, Grace and Sarah realise that they never really knew each other.


LITERARY

5 Nov 2018

Patrick Gale
Writers @ Smock Alley

Patrick Gale is one of the UK’s most popular writers and he is the author of sixteen novels including the bestsellers ‘Rough Music’, ‘Notes From An Exhibition’ and ‘A Perfectly Good Man’ as well as the Costa Award nominated ‘A Place Called Winter’. He is also the writer of the new BBC drama ‘Man in an Orange Shirt’. Patrick’s sixteenth novel, ‘Take Nothing With You’ is a sad-funny comedy of resilience and survival and we are delighted to welcome Patrick Gale to the Smock Alley theatre in Dublin to talk about it.


LITERARY FESTIVAL

2 -4 Nov 2018

Murder One Festival
Murder One

Murder One, a three-day long weekend crime writing festival that launched in November 2018 was jam packed with interviews with Irish and international authors, panel events, and a free speakers corner where attendees could listen to readings from some of Ireland’s newest crime writers.


REHEARSED READINGS

30 Oct 2018

Playground
Glass Mask

After the success of Glass Mask Theatre’s debut production ‘Idlewild’ by Jimmy Murphy, the company will now present regular nights of great play readings as part of our ‘Playground’ series.


THEATRE

27 – 31 Oct 2018

Dracula
Quintessence Theatre, in association with An Táin Arts Centre

In the echoing confines of a Victorian mental asylum an incarcerated man struggles to convince a watching gaggle of doctors of the extraordinary truth of an immortal shape-shifter – more monster than man – who lives through the consumption of human blood. As he desperately strives to piece his fragmented mind and rememberings together and make sense of the unthinkable horrors that befell him and his missing comrades, he comes to realise that he is fighting not just for his sanity, but his very living soul…


MUSIC

25 & 26 Oct 2018

Little Hours (Solo Acoustic)
MCD Productions

To celebrate the release of his new ‘Acoustic Live at Attica’ EP, Little Hours AKA John Doherty will perform two new solo acoustic shows. Fans can expect stripped back, haunting versions of the band’s best known songs, together with some never before heard songs from his forthcoming debut album, due for release on Rubyworks in 2019.


REHEARSED READING

24 Oct 2018

Inside Danny’s Box
Derek Murphy

A God-fearing comedy set in Ireland about secrets ; the kind we live with and the kind we keep in a box, about love and betrayal, about demented fathers and missing mothers. “Inside Danny’s Box” tells the story of a young, not so successful inventor, Danny Hubble, who’s life is turned upside down when he falls madly in love with his new neighbor Marybeth Doyle.


THEATRE

9 – 20 Oct 2018

St Nicholas
Dublin Theatre Festival & Donmar Warehouse

Conor McPherson’s chilling play receives its Irish premiere in an intimate new production by the Donmar Warehouse. Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey, Mary Queen of Scots, Paths to Freedom) returns to the Irish stage for the first time since 2002, directed by Simon Evans (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Donmar Warehouse).


COMEDY

20 Oct 2018

Your Ma & Other Stories Vol. I.
BonMot

Join BonMot for an in-depth analysis of dysfunctional family life through physical comedy, theatrical storytelling and self-loathing. Comedy that appeals to anyone who used to spin into a blind rage watching nature documentaries, when the camera crew wouldn’t intervene and save the animals and/or has PTSD from The Fox and the Hound. It’s either one or the other.


MUSIC / LITERATURE

19 Oct 2018

An tEarrach Thiar
IMRAM & Poetry Ireland

Composed by Galway accordionist Johnny Óg Connolly for singer Liam Ó Maonlaí, An tEarrach Thiar is a cycle of 12 songs which sets poems by Máirtín Ó Direáin to music. It is a moving and lyrical exploration of themes of Aran Islands culture; love and affection; and cultural change in one person’s lifetime.


THEATRE

17 & 18 Oct 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. Galway-based company Fregoli Theatre are champions of new Irish writing, giving a voice to an Ireland that is often silent and unheard.


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!

EXHIBITION

3-9 Dec | 10am-4:30pm

Serendipity
Nieves Fernandez

After her first solo exhibition last year, Nieves Fernández is returning to Smock Alley Theatre this December with oil paintings, acrylics and collages.


THEATRE

18-20 Dec | 8pm

I’m Too Fat For This Show
Kate Huffman

Dubbed “one of the most commanding solo shows around today,” Kate Huffman’s shockingly hilarious, brutally honest solo show covers two decades of living with an OCD-instilled eating disorder.


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 explored 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.

This production went on to win Best Ensemble at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017.


THEATRE

5-23 Dec | 7pm

The Grimm Tale of Cinderella

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.

Trapped for the evening together the brothers begin to share with the woman the stories they have gathered on their travels. Stories they believe will make them bestsellers and famous the world over.

But the Old Woman too has a tale to tell, about a girl named Ella, her cruel stepmother, a handsome prince and the night that would change her life forever. However this is not the story the brothers expect. No, no this is the real story of the girl who became known as Cinderella…


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.


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.


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

2 Nov | 6:45pm

RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena Live Show
RTÉ Radio 1

Featuring Dermot Bolger, Annabelle Comyn, Fintan O’Toole and Carlo Gébler.


MUSIC

2 Nov | 8pm

Eve Belle
Rubyworks

A live show from Rubyworks’ recoring artist, Eve Belle.


BRAM STOKER FESTIVAL

25 – 30 Oct | 6:30pm + 8:30pm

Whitby
Joan Sheehy & Colin Dunne

A haunting, theatrical experience exploring the chilling, tension filled voyage of the Demeter as it brings Dracula from Romania to the port of Whitby. Using the Captain’s log as the central framework, this multi-layered performance piece re-imagines the power of Stoker’s gothic masterpiece in the hauntingly evocative Boys’ School


EVENTS

26 Oct | 6pm

Writers at Smock Alley : Alan Hollinghurst
The Gutter Bookshop

Join us for an evening with Man Booker prize-winning author Alan Hollinghurst as he discusses his long-awaited sixth novel, ‘The Sparsholt Affair’. Evoking the intimate relationships of a group of friends bound together by art, literature and love across three generations, ‘The Sparsholt Affair’ explores the social and sexual revolutions of the most pivotal years of the past century, whose life-changing consequences are still being played out to this day. Richly observed, disarmingly witty and emotionally charged, ‘The Sparsholt Affair’ is destined to be of the most talked about books of the year.


THEATRE

24-28 Oct | 8pm

This Isn’t My Desk (#globalfuturism)
At Large Theatre Company

A fast-paced, surreal comedy with dark notes, This Isn’t My Desk (#globalfuturism) casts a critical eye on our relationship with work. Global Futures Inc. are recruiting. Constantly. They’re playing their part in contributing to economic growth. Out with the old and in with the new! Anything to keep the client happy. They are the 21st century bulldozer of modern INNOVATION, and not even a couple of flat tires can stop them.


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

8 it’s getting harder and harder for me

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.
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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.
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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.


EXHIBITIONS

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
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MUSIC

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.


COMEDY

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.
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THEATRE

Friday 16 Jun at 1:30pm, 6pm + 8pm. Saturday 17 Jun at 3pm + 8pm

The Dubliners Dilema
Co-Motion Media in association with The Bloomsday Festival and Bachelors Walk Productions

From Oslo to Mayo to Moscow, Declan Gorman’s performance based on James Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’ has enthralled audiences and critics nationally and internationally over the past five years.


THEATRE

Sat 17 June | 1pm

Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy
Misses Liffey

In this 50 minute performance, Anna Livia Plurabelle brings us on a riverrun journey through the city of Dublin, introducing us to many of James Joyce’s women characters that live, work, sing and laugh along her banks.


THEATRE

29 May – 10 Jun 2017

The Theatre Chipping Norton and The Dukes Lancaster
Stones in his Pockets

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

20 – 29 May 2017

Arclight Theatre Company
Our Town

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

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

14 Feb – 4 March 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

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.