Karen Egan

Main Space

Everyone knows somebody who has suffered from cancer. Egan’s own journey has inspired her to explore the vulnerability, chaos and humour of that experience.

In Warrior, anti-heroine Katherine Kirk shows the many sides to her troubled mind as she time- travels through treatment, while also exploring her relationship with her brother Barry. This is a universal story of how we derive strength by turning adversity into opportunity.


Truth’s a Dog Must to Kennel

Tim Crouch and The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

Main Space

The Fool leaves King Lear before the blinding. Before the killing. Before the ice-creams in the interval. In this new work, Tim Crouch draws on ideas of virtual reality to travel back to the future of the play he left. Back to a world laid waste by division and trauma; a world where the revolution will take place on a screen.

Truth’s a Dog Must to Kennel is a daring piece of theatre that switches between scathing stand-up and an audacious act of collective imagining. It’s a celebration of live performance and a skewering of the state we’re in now.


To Be A Machine (Version 2.0)

Dead Centre

Boys’ School

What’s wrong with reality? Why do we feel the need to escape it?

From its very beginning theatre has offered audiences a chance to escape the world and enter a new one. The phrase “virtual reality” was first used by a playwright, Antonin Artaud, to describe the nature of theatre: a technology which allows us, for one night only, to get out of our heads.

But what happens when theatre stops working? Where do we go next?


The Rachel Baptiste Programme: First Look Readings

Smock Alley Theatre

Boys’ School

The Rachel Baptiste Programme is a paid and mentored script development programme for Black Irish theatre makers and writers of colour, named after the 18th Century singer who performed to great acclaim at Smock Alley. Work-in-progress readings of new, full length plays from two participating writers, Sean Gallen and Joy Nesbitt.
An opportunity to catch early draft development scripts from exciting new contemporary voices.


The Knight, The Fool and a Budgie

The Collective Productions 

Boys’ School

A quest that goes wrong…then right…then wrong again then possibly corrects itself…but who knows for sure?

THEATRE | 20 – 21 Oct


Springheel Productions

Main Space

endings. is about Henry. Henry’s life isn’t going too well.
Henry encounters a mysterious figure at a party who offers him a deal, a deal which will change the course of his life forever.


Five Days

Joe Nawaz

Boys’ School

In April 2005, writer Joe Nawaz and his family travelled from Belfast to the wilds of Pakistan on the trail of a mystery. The mystery of how, where and why his father Rab had been murdered there.

In this fiercely funny and poignant production Joe will share the difficulties of transporting a body across international lines (easier to pack a poodle), the bizarre odyssey that he and his family took in their quest for truth without even a snippet of Urdu, Pakistani dress sense or cultural smarts.

DANCE | 28 Oct

Battle of the Poles

SideShow Dramas

Main Space

This Freestyle competition is different in the sense that it is held in 4 rounds –
Each round will be won by knock out!

Judged by a panel of Irish dance and performer experts.

Who will be the first ever Freestyle champion of Battle of the Poles?

COMEDY | 4 Nov

Shut up, You

The Collaborations Agency presents Ali Fox

Main Space

Ali Fox is obsessed with the past.
A darkly comic night of storytelling and jokes proving the history of generational trauma and self-hatred in Ireland has made us the most hilariously dysfunctional race in the world.

THEATRE | 8 – 11 Nov


Quintessence Theatre

Main Space

Belvidere, Illinois, 1862: A young Irishman, Albert D.J. Cashier, enlists with the Union Army in the Civil War and becomes a decorated hero. But unknown to his comrades, Private Cashier is waging an internal war all of his own. When he is fifty years a veteran an indiscreet doctor reveals to all of America that Cashier was assigned female at birth, born under the name Jennie Hodgers, from Clogherhead, Co. Louth, Ireland.
From that day on Albert’s greatest battle truly begins: for identity, selfhood, and truth.

THEATRE | 10 + 11 Nov

The Body & Blood

Carol Murphy

Boys’ School

The Body & Blood is the story of Maggie Murtagh, an Irish country girl who transmogrifies into The Vigilante Cannibal Nun during The Famine after the death of her family. She steals from the rich to give to the starving poor. She eats the colonizers; becomes an addict; and destroys her soul.

THEATRE | 7 – 9 Nov

Diana: The Untold and Untrue Story

Awkward Productions

Boys’ School

Do you know the story of Diana? Probably. But do you know our story of Diana? We very much doubt it. Join Diana in heaven as she shares the untold and untrue tale of her extraordinary life. Combining drag, multimedia, audience interaction, puppetry and a lot of queer joy – this unique celebration of the peoples princess is as hilarious as it is tasteless.

THEATRE | 13 – 18 Nov

The Manny

Sam McArdle

Boys’ School

A dark comedy about an Irish male nanny who works for rich single mums in West London.

THEATRE | 29 Nov – 2 Dec

Making A Show of Myself

Mary Kate O’Flanagan

Boys’ School

An Irish raconteur shares the most ridiculous, embarrassing, hilarious and tragic episodes of her life, showing there’s a story in every stumble – and a little magic in every story.

THEATRE | 6 – 21 Dec

You Belong To Me

Once Off Productions and Smock Alley Theatre

Main Space

You Belong To Me is a savage new comedy by Rory Nolan, about the rules we make, the laws we break and what falls between the cracks in an unflinching look at two people who haven’t agreed on a single thing since they said “I do”.