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Dublin Dance Festival 8-10 May
Beat. 21-24 May

Cotton Fingers | National Theatre Wales

29 - 31 May

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Dublin Dance Festival

I/ Thou

Liz Roche Company

8-10 May [19:30]

I / Thou is a mesmerising dance piece that responds to the work of iconic visual artist Brian O’Doherty, also known as Patrick Ireland. Inspired by O’Doherty’s mix of perfection and playfulness, this work echoes the themes of migration, language and identity that are ever present in his work – particularly in his wall painting series One, Here, Now, created for Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh in the late nineties and restored again in 2018.

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The Beat Collective

21-24 | 20:00 [+ 17:00 on Friday 24 May]

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.

Following a sold-out critically acclaimed run at the 2018 Dublin Fringe Festival, BEAT. returns to the stage for a limited engagement at the Samuel Beckett Theatre.

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Cotton Fingers: National Theatre Wales
Written by Rachel Trezise
Directed by Julia Thomas

29 - 31st May | 19:30

Cotton Fingers, written by award-winning writer Rachel Trezise, is a timely, politically-charged production, written during the referendum to repeal the 8th amendment in Ireland in 2018.

Set in Belfast, Cotton Fingers tells the story of a young woman making the journey to Wales to access free NHS abortion care. Northern Irish actress Amy Molloy plays the part of Aoife in this bold, one-woman show about the cycles of secrecy and the power young women hold over their futures.

It’s funny, poignant and uplifting, exploring themes of choice, class, ambition and women’s rights though a fast-moving, west Belfast storyline that’s universal.

Aoife is hungry and in need of something to do. Cillian makes a mean cheese toastie. As Aoife’s boredom and hunger are satisfied by half an hour in Cillian’s bed, her life changes forever. Smart and funny, Aoife knows there’s more out there for her. She just doesn’t know what it is yet.

As social and political upheaval grips the country she loves, can Aoife regain control over her future?

Cotton Fingers was originally performed in west Wales, in venues close to the port town of Fishguard, where Irish ferries dock. It was one of five monologues or Love Letters to the National Health Service that formed part of National Theatre Wale’s NHS70 Festival, celebrating the Service’s 70th birthday.

Announcing the tour, National Theatre Wales’ Artistic Director, Kully Thiarai said: “We are very excited to be making our debut across the Irish Sea, bringing this funny, poignant but important production to audiences in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Marking a year since the historic referendum, Cotton Fingers highlights the stark differences between women's rights on either side of the border. It’s a fantastic work of snappy Welsh writing, made by an extraordinary trio of talented women.”

Amy Molloy is a stage and screen actor from Belfast. Recent stage credits include the critically acclaimed Abbey Theatre and Royal Court production of Cyprus Avenue, starring alongside Stephen Rea in Dublin, London, Belfast and New York (2016-2019), ELIZA’s Adventures in the Uncanny Valley by Pan Pan Theatre at Dublin Theatre Festival (2018) and the UK & Irish tour of the 20th Anniversary of Enda Walsh’s breakthrough, multi-award-winning play, Disco Pigs (2015-2016). Screen credits include the hugely popular BBC TV dramas The Fall and Call the Midwife (BBC) and the critically acclaimed, Troubles-set thriller ’71 (Warp Films).

Rachel Trezise is an award-winning writer, born in Rhondda in south Wales, where she still lives. She studied at Glamorgan (Wales) and Limerick (Ireland) Universities. Rachel was voted New Face of Literature (2003) by Harpers & Queen magazine. Literature credits include the Dylan Thomas Prize for Fresh Apples (2006) and the Orange Futures List for In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl (2002). Cotton Fingers is the third play produced by National Theatre Wales.

National Theatre Wales is a multi-award-winning theatre company that has been making English-language productions in locations all over Wales, the UK, internationally and online since March 2010.

Written by Rachel Trezise

Directed by Julia Thomas

Age suitability 14+

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Tickets will be available on the door from 15:00 on performance days.


Pan Pan / Dublin Youth Theatre

The Sleepwalkers

22 - 27 July | 19:30

Directed by Gavin Quinn with Associate Director Sara Joyce
Designed by Aedín Cosgrove
Movement Direction by Aoife McAtamney
Music by Simon Kenny
Costumes by Ciara Fleming
Dramaturgy by Nicholas Johnson
Performed by members of Dublin Youth Theatre

“When I was young I used to sleepwalk, who am I kidding I still do.”

The Sleepwalkers is an original theatre project co-produced by Dublin Youth Theatre and Pan Pan. During an unknown natural catastrophe, nineteen members of DYT, who from now on will be known as the anonymous characters, find themselves trapped in a school gymnasium. Every time they try to leave and go outside, they fall asleep and wake up back where they started, back in the gymnasium, rehearsing the same scene from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible:

“Oh how hard it is when pretense falls! But it falls, it falls!
I am so alone in the world now.”

Terrified? You should be. Along the way they try to solve the world’s problems, just in case they ever wake up to find that the world still exists. Think classic horror movie plots, teenage angst, and the natural wisdom of the young, all given a voice that you can’t help listening to.

The performance will ask the question: what does it mean to be awake? Working collaboratively with members of DYT, a theatre performance will be created around the subjects/themes of technology, community and inequality, exploring a series of original texts and ideas generated by DYT members as well as found texts from The Tempest to The Crucible.

The Sleepwalkers is a leap into the void. Are we sleepwalking towards the Armageddon? Should we really fear the world changing?

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Last updated 16 May 2019 by Francis Thackaberry (Email).