Scene + Heard Festival 2022 Week 2

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And Here’s To Us!

Can you recognise love, or catastrophe?

Tue 15 + Wed 16 Feb | 6:30pm | Boys’ School

Arthur coerces, charms, conspires. John endures. Tom meets his adult daughter Barbara. Long estranged. Barbara’s marrying John. All four scouring their damaged worlds. Craving renewal, catastrophe beckons.

Written by Patrick O’Sullivan
Directed by Richard Lombard Vance
Produced by Linda Meehan
Photography by Jack Hanrahan

Patrick O’Sullivan is a recipient of playwrighting support from Axis, Ballymun.

Running Time : 45 mins

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Two Hundred Deer to Every Lion

An (un)real history of Phoenix Park


Tue 15 + Wed 16 Feb | 7pm | Main Space


This fantastical new work traces the history of the Phoenix Park – through insect populations and bird migrations, from Finnegan’s Wake to the Papal visit, from the soil to the sky.

Devised + Performed by bluehouse theatre:
Caoimhe Coburn Gray, Ellen Finnerty, Iseult Deane, Jack Delaney, Sam Killian
Produced by Seirce Mhac Conghail
Composed by Sam Killian
Costume Design by Iseult Deane
Lighting Design by Owen Clarke

Running Time : 25 mins

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freddo bars and cigars

Where do we go from here?


Tue 15 + Wed 16 Feb | 7pm | Main Space


Time marches forward, claims its victims and begs the question – what’s next? Three voices confront what has come before and what lies ahead in DEAD CUTE theatre’s stylish debut.

Written + Devised by DEAD CUTE theatre
Directed by Riain Condon
Performed by Kate Gurren and Kate Brady
Produced by Louis Flanagan

Running Time : 20 mins

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THEATRE / physical theatre

The Father of My Daughter

Escaping grief by taping over your past.


Tue 15 + Wed 16 Feb | 8:30pm | Boys’ School


Following the suicide of her partner, Eileen struggles to accept reality. Consuming herself in old tapes and the memories of that tragic day. But reality won’t let her escape.

Written + Directed by Ciarán Treanor
Cast: Abi Dunne, Andrei Callanan, Greg Freegrove, Helen McGrath, Jane Tuohy
Produced by Andrei Callanan
Artwork by Sara Vidmajer

Running Time : 20 mins

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Dear Death

Will I know when I’m gone?


Tue 15 + Wed 16 Feb | 8:30pm | Boys’ School


They say Death leads to a heartache no-one heals from?
But what if you were already so broken you would welcome Death and cherish its company?

Written by Siobhán Hickey
Directed by Mello Hex

Running Time : 20 mins

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Juanita’s Talk

Time to clean up our act


Tue 15 Feb | 9pm | Main Space


Where does the plastic go? Juanita is pissed off and looking for answers and she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty. Join her quest for a plastic free world.

Performed by Angelica Santander
Creative adviser Martin Erazo
Creative Producer Gill Byrne
Design by Niamh Jackman
Sound by Jamie Kelly
Technical Manager Tony Mahon

Running Time : 15 mins

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Nice Girls Don’t.

Conditioning is not just for hair.


Tue 15 Feb | 9pm | Main Space


What makes a nice girl? Three comics force smiles to explore the ways that women have been told to behave and question why it matters. If that’s ok with you?

Written + Performed by Tara Calihman, Bláithín de Burca, Kate Feeney
Produced by Emily O’Callaghan
Directed by Tara Calihman

Running Time : 25 mins

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Stand-up comedy

Climate Worrier

A Hypocrite’s Guide to Being Green

Wed 16 + Thu 17 Feb | 9pm | Main Space

Comedy, memoir and a glimmer of hope combine into a guide on how to not get into a state about the state of the planet and to do something about it instead.

Written + Performed by Colm O’Regan
Produced by Fiona McCloskey
Story Direction by Julien Clancy

Running Time : 45 mins

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Stuck in an imagined past

Thu 17 Feb | 6:30pm | Boys’ School

Rewind and press Play on the VCR. Christmas, 1992. I’m 3 years old, caught in the glow of the TV screen. I want to get lost here, and I want you to come with me. The world is ending and we’re all trapped in an imagined past, unable to face the future.

Written + Performed by Cormac Fitzgerald
Music by Patrick Flanagan
Produced by Siobhán P Mooney
Production Managed by Seán Dennehy
Image and Design by Siobhán P Mooney + Emmet Langan

Running Time : 45 mins

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Let’s Start Today.

Two Strangers, One Interview, and You.

Thu 17 Feb | 6:45pm | Black Box

Competitive strangers clash in the most unusual of interviews, and you decide who gets the job. Every moment, you’ll be watching, whether they are aware of it or not…

Written + Performed by Molly Downey + Liam Wilson Smyth
Voice Over by Lorraine Mulhaire
Photography by Lee Robinson

Running Time : 45 mins

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Chiron: A One Centaur Show

Lanky horse-boy talks funny


Thu 17 Feb | 7pm | Main Space


Hey, do you know Chiron? Ah, you do! Chiron, that centaur from Greek mythology! No? Well anyway, he’s doing stand-up now.

Written + Performed by Fionn Cleary
Produced by Michael Sullivan
Artwork by Leah DeJohn

Running Time : 20 mins

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A Beautiful Mess

To-do lists aren’t actually helpful.


Thu 17 Feb | 7pm | Main Space


Áine Gallagher is giving up to-do lists. She has accepted that she will never grow a vegetable or do anything specific with her 5 kilo ribbon collection. She is becoming content with her chaotic self.

Written + Performed by Áine Gallagher
Directed by Luke Benson

Running Time : 25 mins

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You’ll Know When It’s Time

You pull the strings. You’ll know.

Thu 17 Feb | 8:30pm | Boys’ School

A piece of human puppetry, with the audience pulling the strings. Never the same piece twice, You’ll Know When It’s Time is a dialogue between dancer, audience and music.

Directors Liza Cox, Alex Herring
Lighting design by George Johnson-Leigh
Performed by Jo Feijó, Liza Cox

Running Time : 45 mins

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The Meaning of Meaning

A workshop for the Soul.

Thu 17 Feb | 8:45pm | Black Box

Have you ever seen something wrong, but not felt able to intervene? What would you do if you had the power to? Join us and step into another’s reality. *Participation Mandatory*

Devised by Noelle Killius
Produced by Alicky Hess
Lighting by Éinne Ó Connachtáin
Sound by Rory Knox

Running Time : 45 mins

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Space Girls

You. Me. Floating. Not floating – flying.


Fri 18 Feb 6:30pm + Sat 19 Feb 8pm | Boys’ School


The Space Girls prepare to face the final frontier. Bound together by one ambition; to go to the Moon. As their dream becomes reality, will they have lift off?

Written by Aoife Browne & Lauren Wedgeworth
Directed by Lauren Wedgeworth
Performed by Aoife Browne & Annina Watton
Set & Sound by Caoimhe McGee
Lights by Emily Moore

Running Time : 30 mins

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stop BUS STOP bus

A Commuter waits for her bus.


Fri 18 Feb 6:30pm + Sat 19 Feb 8pm | Boys’ School


stop BUS STOP bus is a micro song-cycle, featuring three songs and three sentences total. It follows a Commuter as she waits for her bus and the event that follows.

Composed + Performed by Hannah Swift
Video Projection by Hannah Bloom
Production Managed by Owen Clarke
Movement by Morag Dine
Creative Producer Sam Killian
Sound Mastering by Martha Knight
Lighting Design by Molly McAvoy

Running Time : 10 mins

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A Thought Walk

Come for a walk with us.

Fri 18 Feb | 6:45pm | Black Box

A Thought Walk is an experiment. Interweaving theatre, foley artistry and film, we want to explore that most human of experiences. Having a conversation with your own thoughts.

Created + Performed by Ali Keohane
Performer/ Foley Artist: Paige Leavy
Produced / Dramaturgy by Robert Downes
Directed by Tamar Keane

Running Time : 45 mins

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I Couldn’t Be Farced!

Nine to five just came alive.


Fri 18 Feb 7pm + Sat 19 Feb 8:15pm | Main Space


Receptionist Katy fumbles through the Community Centre of Ireland for her lost love letter. Sure to tickle your tummy and tug on your heart strings!

Written + Performed by Amy Kellett + Sorcha Dawson

Running Time : 25 mins

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Stand-UP Comedy

Fred Cooke: Scherzo in Development

A nostalgic musical journey of the human Spirit


Fri 18 Feb 7pm + Sat 19 Feb 8:15pm | Main Space


In this one-man musical comedy show, Fred Cooke explores making sense of our collective human experience with that of popular songs.
Songs from school tours on a five hour drive, songs after weddings, old songs that Jive.
Songs that were used as weapons of hate, songs that lead to a final-first date.

Written + Performed by Fred Cooke

Running Time : 25 mins

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Rumble In The Ensemble

Actors battle to win your favour

Fri 18 Feb 9pm + Sat 19 Feb 10pm | Main Space

Ten actors enter the Arena. Cheer, chant, and channel your energy into your favourite as they face off in a series of improvised challenges. The winner? You decide.

Directed by Declan King
Produced + Co-Directed by Emma Thornton

Running Time : 45 mins

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Thank you, next

The life of an auditioning actor


Fri 18 Feb 8:30pm + Sat 19 Feb 9:45pm | Boys’ School


You pray that one day the phone will ring and your life will change. But after 6 years maybe it’s time to change your number?
Lisa is an actor. An auditioning actor. Which means her spirit is crushed, but at least she has some funny stories to tell!

Written + Performed by Megan O’Malley
Directed by Saoirse Siné
Produced by Sarah McKenna Dunne

Running Time : 15 mins

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Three Queens Stuck in Dublin City

We’re all born naked, but the rest is shade!


Fri 18 Feb 8:30pm + Sat 19 Feb 9:45pm | Boys’ School


Three drag queens from different generations get stuck in an elevator on their way to a corporate pride event. God help us all!

Written by Tadgh Dolan
Directed by Cliodhna McAllister
Produced by Chris Hayes
Cast includes Kevin Johnston, Christopher O’Sullivan, Benjamin Reilly, Biaina Ryan
Make up design by Alice Jane
Photography by Alessandro Biascioli

Running Time : 25 mins

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theatre / dance


Why can’t she leave her room?


Fri 18 Feb | 8:45pm | Black Box


Síofra is desperate to leave her room before she pisses herself or starves, but something is stopping her. A dance theatre piece exploring an internal struggle with mental illness.

Written, Directed + Produced by Caoimhe McGee
Movement Direction by Rosie Mullin
Performed by Orla Graham
Designed + Stage Managed by Lauren Wedgeworth
Sound Design by Caoimhe McGee
Poster Designed by Tom Morrison

Running Time : 15 mins

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Anyone Seen Mary Rose

Text me when you’re home safely


Fri 18 Feb | 8:45pm | Black Box


An immersive experience following a woman; Mary Rose, on her walk home after a night out.

Written + Performed by Olwen Jennings
Produced by Denny Redmond
Photography by Shane Robinson

Running Time : 12 mins

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For every dark, there’s a light.

Sat 19 Feb | 1pm | Boys’ School

There is a liminal time when doors are half open, and night and day are in balance.
A story of sisters, storytelling, and why half-moons are more interesting than full.
This show will be a relaxed performance. This show also features a mobility and tasker assistance dog.

Written by Emily Collins
Directed by Sinéad Dunne Finnegan
Produced by Al Bellamy
Bridget – Lisa Murphy
Cathine – Dorothy Laity

For more information, see the Smock Alley website, Equinox Facebook Event or email talesfromtheshadows@gmail.com

Running Time : 45 mins

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THEATRE / digital

My Screen, Your Face

Love lives and dies, online

Sat 19 Feb | 2pm | Main Space

Two rooms, two people, two calls, two times. Can we make and maintain relationships in a digitally curated world with only screens for windows?

Directed by Caoimhin Coffey
Written by Caoimhin Cofffey, Sean MacManus and Claire Gleeson
Produced by Sibeal Ni Mhaoileoin

Sean MacManus – AIDAN
Claire Gleeson – CHARLOTTE

Running Time : 45 mins

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One woman bilingual English Irish comedy!


Sat 19 Feb 3pm + Sun 20 Feb 8pm | Boys’ School


Aoife Ryan has been sentenced to three weeks in the Gaeltacht by her parents. An bhféadfadh rud ar bith dul i gceart? The development of this piece is supported by The Art’s Council.

Written + Performed by Bláthnaid Daly
Directed by Gene Rooney
Produced by Laura Shannon
Sound designed by Sam Warmington

Running Time : 30 mins

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stand-up comedy

Stephen Mullan: Love is…? (Work in Progress)

A fool contemplates love in a dark comedy


Sat 19 Feb 3pm + Sun 20 Feb 8pm | Boys’ School


Comedian and actor Stephen Mullan’s new show follows a man trying to get out of his unconventional head with the help of an eccentric therapist.

‘Seriously f**king funny’- Joanne McNally

Written + Performed by Stephen Mullan

Running Time : 30 mins

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What are you? Are you there?

Sat 19 Feb | 6:15pm | Boys’ School

Four characters relay extra-terrestrial messages, they sympathise with cave people and astronauts, and they feel the same things as the rest of the world. If only somebody could see them.

Written by Aoife Cronin
Produced by Aimee Crilly
Cast: Cillian O’Donnell, Fionnuala Maher, Jack Brocklebank, Leah Coghlan.

Running Time : 45 mins

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Pigeon’s flown the coop…and headed for chaos.

Sat 19 Feb | 6:30pm | Main Space

Meet Pigeon: a flighty, filthy and foul-mouthed bird. Flitting between fact and fantasy, but there’s something festering in the nest, and Pigeon isn’t leaving until it’s found.

Written + Directed by Kate Conboy-Fischer
CAST: Cara Jade Chapman, Kate Conboy-Fischer
Produced by Arianne Hutch
Image by Kate Conboy-Fischer

Running Time : 45 mins

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Cirque du Flea

The biggest littlest show on Earth.

Sun 20 Feb | 11am + 1pm | Boys’ School

The smallest circus in the world hops into Smock Alley for one day only. Itch up to Johnie the Janitor to get the theatre up to scratch.

Written, Performed + Directed by John Kavanagh + Richard Kane
Produced by John Meany
Janitor – John Kavanagh
Ringmaster – Richard Kane.

Running Time : 45 mins

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children’s theatre

Slobberchops – A Musical

A farmer, singing cabbages and magic

Sun 20 Feb | 12pm | Main Space

How do you teach cabbages to sing? Why is magic so dangerous? How did a group of strangers find their way onto a hidden farm? Find out with Slobberchops!

Written by Diarmuid Coffey
Artwork by Christine Desmond Cleary

Running Time : 45 mins + 15 mins feedback

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Rehearsed Reading

The Devil Himself

One woman’s journey. A forgotten epic.

Sun 20 Feb | 2pm | Main Space

The incredible story of Lizzie Nutt, whose reputation is shattered when she is accused of being a seductress – leading to duels, courtroom drama, a media circus – and tragedy.

Written + Directed by Paul Nugent
Inspired by the book by Andrew Porwancher
Cast includes Ciaran McGlynn, Michael Mullen, Anna Nugent, Maureen O’Connell, Eoin O’Sullivan, David Ryan + Kathleen Warner Yeates
Produced by Yvonne Ussher

Running Time : 60 mins

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The Best Man

All his friends are getting married, and he’s really happy for them.

Sun 20 Feb 3pm + Fri 25 Feb 9:45pm | Boys’ School

At the wedding of his last single friend, Cathal’s best man speech spirals as he realises he’s being left behind. And you get to be there, to watch it all unfold.

Written by Mikey Fleming & Colman Hayes
Directed by Mikey Fleming
Performed by Colman Hayes
Produced by Joanne Heffernan

Running Time : 45 mins

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Let us not remain strangers


Sun 20 Feb | 4pm | Main Space


An interactive show about how we talk to each other, how we show ourselves and the endless fight between thought and feeling. Come, sit, have a biscuit and let’s chat.

Written + Performed by Jo Feijó
Directed by Liza Cox

Running Time : 30 mins

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stand-up comedy

Aidan Greene: Stutter Bug (Work In Progress)

A Stuttering Comedy Show in Development


Sun 20 Feb | 4pm | Main Space


Ireland’s foremost stuttering comedian Aidan Greene presents a unique work-in-progress comedy show about living with an invisible disability and the messed up person it leaves behind. “Brilliant” Tommy Tiernan

Written + Performed by Aidan Greene

Running Time : 30 mins

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music performance

Fun Things for Mad Times

An absurdity of love and laughter

Sun 20 Feb | 6:15pm | Boys’ School

Embracing the natural comedic elements of our friendship, we have curated an evening of music and magic. Soft audience participation not required but will definitely occur.

Co-written, Produced + Performed by Birdwoman + Bróna Keogh

Running Time : 45 mins

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music performance / theatre

You Should Not Be Watching Me

A musician overshares


Sun 20 Feb | 8:15pm | Main Space


What is this one-man show about? To know the answer you must disregard the title. Or just ask your friend to go watch it…

Written + Performed by Daniel Cosgrove

Running Time : 20 mins

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stand-up comedy

WARNING! Edgy Material

You’ll be in stiches.


Sun 20 Feb | 8:15pm | Main Space


Comedian Pauline Shanahan has some material to share. About cushions, passive aggression, Elon Musk.
It’s surreal, clever, itchy. Can you handle it?

Written + Performed by Pauline Shanahan

Running Time : 30 mins

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Sex & Sculpture

The sauciest soirée this Spring

Sun 20 Feb | 6:30pm | Main Space

An absurdist and eccentric play following the romance between academic Simon Paris and his office colleague. But why is Simon behaving so strangely? Find out as Square Eye Theatre spills the tea…

Written + Directed by Samuel Clarke
Cast: Samuel Clarke, Connor Dalby, Mollie Demar. Thérèse Kearns, Shelley Middler, Mihalis Michailidis
Producer: Marcus O’Faolain
Lighting Designer: Aoibheann Moriarty
Costume and Set Designer: Emily Cooke
Sound Designer: Étáin Saoirse Suibhne Nic Eochach
Graphic Designer: Hiram Harrington

Running Time : 45 mins

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Karen Lee, Visual Artist
Graceful dancer or symbol of greed?
2PM – 9PM DAILY | Banquet Hall

Often seen as symbols of prosperity, cranes are now being attributed to our unacceptable housing crisis. However, there is something majestic about them – bowing and dancing amidst the concrete and glass of our city … and keeping secrets.

Karen Lee – Visual Artist, Behind the scenes footage of Blight/Beauty created by Tim Bingham, Lens Based Artist.