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THEATRE | 16 – 20 + 24 – 26 Jul

Cosima

Sheena Lambert

Boys’ School

Fleabag for the classical music world
DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND – EXTRA DATES ADDED! 
“Cosima Wagner had about as interesting a life as anyone who didn’t found a religion or personally lead an invasion of a foreign empire.” – Philip Hensher, Telegraph (2010)
Sassy, driven and passionate, she had her own ambitions and refused to be a victim of her era.
Now, it’s Cosima’s time to tell the world who Cosima Wagner really was.

THEATRE | 18 + 19 Jul

Bum Notes: The Improvised Musical

Bum Notes

Main Space

Your wish is our command
Not a word nor note is planned
A brand new musical appearing sans recital
And all we need from you is … the title!

Off the back of three sold out shows in the Main Space, our entirely improvised musical is back, and better than ever. You don’t want to miss this chance to have your musical suggestion crafted in real time into a fully-realised, ridiculous, comical, and maybe even heartfelt production.


COMEDY | 20 July

Show Time

Women of Wit

Main Space

Lift your spirits, soothe your soul with fun, laughter, storytelling, comedy and music.

(We’re back, folks … by popular demand!)

Following the sell-out success of SHAMELESS earlier this year, we bring you another fantastic all-female line-up in the cosy historic setting of Smock Alley Theatre, in the heart of Dublin’s Old Town.
100% “pure” comic mayhem and more… All female line up in the cosy historic setting of Smock Alley Theatre in the heart of Dublin’s Old Town. For one day only folks!

Artists include Comedians: Anne Gildea, Aoife Dunne, Josephine Lacy, Eva Darcey, Mags McHugh and more, with music by Emileo.


COMEDY | 26 July

Bing Bong Comedy Improv Show

Bing Bong Comedy Improv

Main Space

Bing Bong is back!

A chaotic cavalcade of comedy featuring some of Ireland’s tip top improv groups. Nothing is pre-planned so no one knows what’s going to happen next, including the performers. A very fun and very silly night out at the theatre.


FESTIVAL | 27 July

Cultural Harmony

La Mansarda

Boys’ School

Join us for a day of celebration and unity at the Cultural Harmony Festival! Immerse yourself in a vibrant world of art, music, and community as we embrace cultural diversity and support EMERGENCY’s humanitarian efforts.


THEATRE | 30 + 31 July

But We’re Right

Morghan Welt + Saoirse Miller

Boys’ School

Written and directed by Morghan Welt with music and sound design by Saoirse Miller

“But We’re Right” is a politically provocative two-hander interrogating the question: Why do more and more young Europeans vote right?


THEATRE/MUSIC | 2 + 3 Aug

Trouble Come Find Me

Ciara Sidine

Boys’ School

A singer-songwriter’s career is on the cusp of extinction when, on a whim, she pitches a show to a lesser-known festival. To her horror, they agree to stage it.
Despite impressions, she hasn’t yet written a word of the ‘breath-taking piece of musical theatre inspired by heroines of folk’.


THEATRE | 12 – 17 Aug

AILEEN

Venom and Duct Tape

Boys’ School

AILEEN is a comedy horror parody, inspired by the movie ALIEN. Meet the two faces of Aileen Ripley: The strong confident warrant officer and the vulnerable survivor under duress. Hear her internal monologue as the events unfold on the Nostromo. The action will shift from feats of great heroics to the controlled and fraught deposition process. Watch as she tries to save her career, her sanity and a cat.”


THEATRE | 21 – 31 Aug

The Long Way Home

AboutFACE Theatre

Main Space

A New Irish musical featuring the songs of Tom Waits

In a scruffy old town called Dublin, a night-time city that devours booze and music, a stubborn old singer, down on his luck, and a trinity of ladies, none of them angels, all hold a very special place in their broken hearts for the songs of Mr. Tom Waits. Then California comes a-calling, and there’s light up ahead, but like a Tom Waits song, we can’t promise a happy ending …


THEATRE | 28 + 29 Aug

Predrinks at Laylah’s

Laylah Beattie

Boys’ School

Predrinks at Laylah’s is a One Woman Show about a transgender girl in her 20s discovering her found family through partying.

Join me as I get ready for a night out and I’ll tell you all the gossip from the last few years of my life. I’ve been partying hard, I’ve been
hospitalised, I’ve had my heart broken by every man I ever liked and oh yeah, I got a vagina. Just make yourself comfortable and give me a few minutes to put my face on.

Predrinks at Laylah’s is back by popular demand, with new extended material


THEATRE | 2 – 4 Sep

Ciúnas

DBN Productions

Boys’ School 

An intense drama about Ireland’s dark past

A scandal has struck deep at the heart of the school.

The boys sense it, the teachers whisper about it, and the Headmaster knows all too well where it might lead.


COMEDY / IMPROV | 3 + 4 Sep

TJ & Dave

Soho Theatre and Barrow Street Theatricals

Main Space

TJ & DAVE walk out on stage without characters, dialog or plot. Within the hour they miraculously improvise multi-character, fully realized plays. Described by The New York Times as “Second City-seasoned masters of long form improv,”

“One of these guys is the best improviser in the world. And the other one is better.”Stephen Colbert


MUSIC | 5 Sep

Darren Loughran Classical Guitar Recital

Darren Loughran

Boys’ School 

Irish classical guitarist Darren Loughran presents a programme of classical guitar music from the 16th century to the present day.
He will perform classics from the repertoire to include the works of composers such as John Dowland, S.L. Weiss, Enrique Granados, Malcom Arnold and more.


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 7 – 12 Sep

Little Squirt

Darby James & Quiet RIOT

Boys’ School 

Join Australian musical comedian Darby James for his multi-award-winning cabaret about sperm donation.
Darby’s original songs guide you through his hilarious and heartfelt voyage, sparked by a Facebook ad.


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 7 – 11 + 13 Sep

Anthem for Dissatisfaction

Brassneck Theatre & SkelpieLimmer Productions

Patrick Sutton Studio 

Belfast-born ‘Irish Twins’ Sarah and Jamie are about to hit 30. But before they do, they’re reliving their greatest hits: ‘Credit Crunch’, ‘Austerity,’ and ‘Free School Meals’… Benefits Britain never sounded so good!


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 8 – 11, 13 – 15 Sep

Malignant Humour

Hannah Gumbrielle

Boys’ School 

Hannah found a lump.

It’s nothing to worry about… right?

Join her for every blood test and biopsy in this combination of trapeze and theatre that explores the death-defying circus act that is chemotherapy.


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 8 – 14 Sep

SUCKIN DIESEL

Holly Furey & Ursula McGinn

Patrick Sutton Studio 

GOOD GURL is being kept on a ward in Tallaght hospital against her will. During her stay in this well-lit hell, GOOD GURL comes to terms with her personal failings and the crimes against the State that landed her there. But GOOD GURL isn’t alone.


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 9 + 10 Sep

SHTOOM

Paul Currie

Main Space

A brand-new show for Paul Currie, for the first time in his 10th hour long show he will not speak for 60 minutes and still bring all the laughs. After 15 years as a professional stand-up, Currie will go full clown.


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 10 – 15 Sep

Dreamgun Film Reads: Anthology

Dreamgun

Main Space

The definitive director’s cut of their best Film Reads with new updated material for new updated times.

Movies you love, rewritten with jokes and performed by unprepared comedians who never rehearse but have seen the films at least once.


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 11 – 14 Sep

I’ve always liked the name Marcus

Matthew Sharpe & Tinderbox Theatre Company

Patrick Sutton Studio

Meet Marcus, your typical Northern Irish lad; with a twist – he’s got a knack for trying on stereotypes like they’re snapbacks.
When a surprise encounter turns his world upside down, Marcus finds himself sorting through a puzzle of race, identity, and multiple hilarious versions of himself, leaving him to face the ultimate question: who am I, really?


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 11 + 12 + 14 Sep

Who Robbed Annie Queeries?

Play Not Funny: Constance Henry (Sasha Shame) & Niall Keane (GoblinsGoblinsGoblins)

Main Space

September 2nd. 2023, Electric Picnic.
The crime of the century was committed against one of Ireland’s most beautiful Drag Queens – Annie Queeries.

This show aims to answer a question few dare to ask… who robbed Annie Queeries?


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 12 – 15 Sep

MAKOSH

Polina Shapkina

Boys’ School

Follow PSYCHE into a surreal dreamscape: the MAKOSH universe.

An invigorating blend of aerial dance and experimental theatre. Witness a visually breathtaking expression of the sub-conscious human experience through emotive symbolism. Prepare to be spellbound by a kaleidoscope of Slav-core aesthetics and juicy surrealism.


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 13 + 14 Sep

B.S. Incorporated: We’re Serving Climate

Broad Strokes Improv

Main Space

The world is on fire. And so are the hearts of Dublin’s most infamous, improvising female start- up, B.S. Incorporated.

Based on your suggestions and powerpoint slides they’ve never seen, Broad Strokes will perform an entirely improvised presentation solving the biggest baddest booboo they’ve only just heard about: the climate crisis.


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 15 – 17 Sep

SKETCHERELLA

Erin McGathy

Main Space

Poor, poor, Sketcherella…

Once upon a Sketch Comedy Show… in the rat infested basement of the land’s only TV Network… DEE dreams of one-day being a Professional Comedy Writer.

When Dee gets the chance to make her dream come true: will she make the deadline before the clock strikes 5pm??


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 16 – 20 Sep

This Boy is Cracking Up

Killian Sundermann

Main Space

Being born in England to German parents and raised in Ireland has left Killian Sundermann with an identity dilemma, namely which football team to support.


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 17 – 21 Sep

What a P*ssy

Eibhleann Caffrey

Main Space

Marie has mastered adulthood with a perfect gym, dream job, and meal prep delivered to her brand-new apartment. There’s one hitch: the P*ssy Pillow.
Supposedly the cure-all self-care for her life-long struggles, except she can’t quite bond with her new companion. As she hits breaking point, the P*ssy Pillow chimes in with its own hot takes.


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 17 – 21 Sep

BEASTS.

Morgan Savidan & Sasha Carberry Sharma

Patrick Sutton Studio

Sam and Max are trying to navigate the world as mixed-race girls. But they’re haunted by the very faces they call their own. They’re angry, they’re pissed and they’re about to go on a ‘trip.’


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 17 – 21 Sep

Shame Show

Colm McCready & Fergus Wachala-Kelly

Boys’ School

Have you been mis-sold big gay shame? Have you been blamed for that category five shame storm raging outside? Again? Then you could be owed compen-shame-tion!

For your safety, please follow this pair of prancing poofs to SHAME SHOW – a lip-syncing, talent- searching, Joe McElderry-ing comedy of catastrophic proportions. Quickly. Before it’s too late. And that’d be a shame right?


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 18 – 21 Sep

Cortisol

Megan Haly & Shannon Haly

Patrick Sutton Studio

A queer coming of age rollercoaster ride through growing up in Ireland. From childhood nostalgia to present day chaos, Sam has been through the highs of first love and the heartbreak of grief. She’s flown the nest, and crash landed back into it.

She doesn’t know quite where she is meant to be but maybe that’s ok…


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 18 + 19 + 21 Sep

Notice Box

Simon Hennessy

Main Space

Musical sketch comedian Simon Hennessy has over 360k followers and 30 million likes on social media, where viral characters like Remy and Adam from Bumble have made him an internet sensation. As a result, he’s chronically online. Be honest, so are you.


DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL | 20 + 21 Sep

You: The Improvised Musical

Bum Notes

Main Space

Ever fantasized about your life breaking into song and dance?

Well, hold onto your top hat, because for one magical night, it’s showtime! Experience a fully improvised Broadway-style musical where music, lyrics, and narrative collide.


THEATRE | 24 – 28 Sep

Sugar

Micheal Patric

Boys’ School 

Danyl Sweetnam describes his last days as an Irish Sugar employee. As much as he tries to stay on topic, he can’t help veering off towards “the craic” and taking us on a journey of hilarious shenanigans.

Written and performed by Michael Patric (AN CAILÍN CIÚIN, SMOTHER, FRONTIER) and directed by Geoff Gould.


DANCE COMPETITION | 26 Oct

Hell on Heels

Main Space

Step into a world of allure and athleticism in “Hell on Heels”, a pole dance competition.
Experience a night of raw talent, sultry performances, and captivating choreography that will ignite your senses for our five year anniversary.


THEATRE | 8 + 9 Nov

The Sceptical Suffragette

Splódar Theatre Company

Main Space

Power, sex, violence, politics and fierce family feuding all feature in this historical drama that tells the fascinating story of the activist life of Sylvia Pankhurst.
A woman who fought for working class women to have an equal status in society, who supported the Irish struggle for independence much to the chagrin of her English family and friends.


THEATRE | 14 – 15 Nov

EXHIBITION

Two Rooks Mate

Boys’ School
A successful artist who has made “art out of her pain” is about to unveil her newest and boldest work to date, but before she does, she brings together her estranged siblings for a sneak peak of the exhibit. What ensues is an utterly dysfunctional but healing get-together.

“Exhibition” puts unresolved family issues and alcoholism under a microscope and asks us “what is art?”.


THEATRE | 26 – 29 Nov

Gwyneth Goes Skiing

Awkward Productions

Main Space
She’s the Goop-founding, Door-Sliding, Shakespeare-In-Loving, consciously-uncoupling Hollywood superstar. He’s a retired Optometrist from Utah.
In 2016, they went skiing. On the slopes of Deer Valley, their worlds collided, and so did they – literally. Ouch.
Seven years later in 2023, they went to court.
Double ouch.
This is their story. Kind of. Not really.


THEATRE | 29 – 30 Nov

Trawled

Eoin Ryan

Boys’ School
A jaw-dropping true story set on the Coral Sea, Australia. An Irish backpacker blags his way onto a prawn trawler. There he discovers a rarely seen world of hard labour and harder fishermen, where drinking, fighting, storms and hungry sharks are part of everyday life. His raw, exuberant story of adventure twists dramatically into one of survival culminating in an unforgettable moment of redemptive grace.


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