Dublin Theater Festival – Irish work

I’ve already done a post on international work presented during the Dublin Theater Festival, so here are my picks for Irish work that is going to be showcased.

The Train

(Rough Magic): 6 – 11 Oct, Project Arts Centre

The Train 800x400While contraceptives are available in Northern Ireland they are illegal in the Republic. Determined to challenge the unbending laws of Ireland, a troublesome group of women decide to take a train to Belfast and return to Dublin with this forbidden fruit. The Train tells the story of the infamous contraceptive train, of a nation’s obsession with sex, and of a small group of courageous women whose short journey marked the beginning of a modern odyssey.

Chekhov’s First Play

(Dead Centre): 24 Sept – 4 Oct, Samuel Beckett Theatre 

Chekhov's First Play - credit Jason Booher 800x400The play is said to have too many characters, too many themes, too much action. All in all, it’s generally dismissed as unstageable. Like life.

Headphones are provided and worn throughout the performance. The audience will be required to move and stand for a short period. Contains nudity, strong language and loud and sudden noises.

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel

(Theatre Lovett): 4 – 11 Oct, Smock Alley Theatre

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel credit - Ross Kavanagh V4This is a deliciously dark musical fable from the creators of A Feast of Bones. Featuring live music and an original score, Theatre Lovett’s new play explores the darker colours of the rainbow in this bold retelling of a tale by the Brothers Grimm. Suitable for ages 12+

Bailed Out!

(Fishamble: The New Play Company): 23 Sept – 4 Oct


Bailed Out! tells the story of how Ireland fell into the jaws of the Troika. Based on official accounts and off-the-record interviews, the actors take up documents for a stripped-back production, to embody a myriad of national and international figures as they wrestle with the crisis. You will come away informed, enraged and perhaps a little heart-broken. Contains strong language.

Luck Just Kissed You Hello

(HotForTheatre and Galway International Arts Festival): Sept 29 – Oct 10, Project Arts Centre and Festival on Tour

Luck Just Kissed You Hello image - Ros Kavanagh 800x400Luck Just Kissed You Hello is a beautiful, relentless and fiercely funny play, exploring the delicate strength it takes to be all that is expected of you.

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