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Serious Money

Serious Money

by Caryl Churchill. Songs by Ian Dury, Micky Gallacher and Chas Jankel

A dynamic satire written in rhyming couplets, Serious Money was first staged in 1987, at a time where the fraud and corruption of Wall Street made the headlines. ...

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Event Dates:
Fri 19th Oct — Thu 25th Oct

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No One Sees The Video

No One Sees The Video

by Martin Crimp

Martin Crimp’s No One Sees The Video is a timely, seductive, dark comedy. It is set in South West London and North East England during the changing political and ...

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Event Dates:
Mon 9th Jul — Thu 12th Jul

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Demons by Lars Norén

Demons by Lars Norén

On the eve before a funeral, Demons follows two couples who meet up for drinks in an upper-middle class apartment. As the night progresses, and under the i...

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Event Dates:
Sat 7th Jul — Wed 11th Jul

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The Last Five Years written and composed by Jason Robert Brown

The Last Five Years written and composed by Jason Robert Brown

Happiness is a fragile structure, built on a precarious foundation of perspective and memories and subject to the unforgiving wear of time. In this intimate, emot...

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Event Dates:
Tue 26th Jun — Fri 29th Jun

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Incognito by Nick Payne

Incognito by Nick Payne

Princeton, New Jersey, 1955. Thomas Stoltz Harvey performs the autopsy on Albert Einstein - and then steals his brain. Bath, England. 1953. Henry undergoes pionee...

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Event Dates:
Mon 25th Jun — Thu 28th Jun

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Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth

Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth

Based on the 1934 play of the same name by George S Kaufman and Moss Hart, Merrily We Roll Along was a famous flop when it premiered on Broadway in 1981. Hot on t...

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Event Dates:
Fri 25th May — Thu 31st May

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The Ash Fire by Gavin Kostick

The Ash Fire by Gavin Kostick

A Jewish immigrant cabinet-maker and his wife set up his business in Dublin in the 1930s. When his two brothers come to join him he thinks they will be settled fo...

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Event Dates:
Thu 24th May — Wed 30th May

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Summer Productions at The Lir Academy

Summer Productions at The Lir Academy

The Ash Fire by Gavin Kostick Directed by Maisie Lee 23rd May - 29th May Matinee: Thursday 24th May, 1.00 pm and ...

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Event Dates:
Wed 23rd May — Wed 30th May

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The Lir’s Fundraising Dinner at Trocadero 2018

The Lir’s Fundraising Dinner at Trocadero 2018

This is the one night in the year when The Lir takes over the Troc. We serve theatre performances alongside each course as our final-year acting students perform ...

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Event Dates:
Sun 13th May — Sun 13th May

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The Lir Academy Showcase 2018

The Lir Academy Showcase 2018

Dublin Showcase This event is exclusively for agents, casting directors, theatre directors, producers, technical directors, production managers stage manage...

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Event Dates:
Wed 4th Apr — Wed 4th Apr

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Dublin Showcase 2018

Dublin Showcase 2018

This event is exclusively for agents, casting directors, theatre directors, producers, technical directors, production managers stage managers and people who work...

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Event Dates:
Thu 29th Mar — Thu 29th Mar

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Open Day in Boston and New York

Open Day in Boston and New York

Trinity College Dublin is running a series of open days in the USA later this month and The Lir Academy is taking part in the Boston and New York events. D...

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Event Dates:
Sat 24th Mar — Sun 25th Mar

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La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler

La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler

Directed by Lynne Parker, this production of Schnitzler’s La Ronde offers an original approach stretching the life line of the story over a considerable timeframe...

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Event Dates:
Fri 9th Feb — Thu 15th Feb

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Spring Productions at The Lir Academy

Spring Productions at The Lir Academy

Dalliance by Tom Stoppard Directed by Hilary Wood 8th - 14th February Matinee: Monday 12th February, 1.00 pm and ...

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Event Dates:
Thu 8th Feb — Thu 15th Feb

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Dalliance by Tom Stoppard based on the play by Arthur Schnitzler

Dalliance by Tom Stoppard based on the play by Arthur Schnitzler

Based on Arthur Schnitzler’s play Liebelei, meaning flirtation, Dalliance was first performed at the Lyttelton Theatre, London, in 1986. A bitter sweet drama abou...

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Event Dates:
Thu 8th Feb — Wed 14th Feb

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Lighting Design for Dance Project

Lighting Design for Dance Project

This series of scenes will showcase the work by choreographers Dagmara Jerzak, Justine Cooper and Lucia Kickham in collaboration with The Lir Academy MFA student ...

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Event Dates:
Wed 24th Jan — Thu 25th Jan

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Open Day 2017

Open Day 2017

This year Open Day will be held on Saturday 9th December 2017. There will be two presentations. Bachelor in Stage Management and Technica...

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Event Dates:
Sat 9th Dec — Sat 9th Dec

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The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

The dark dramas of violent jealousy, sexual slander and death at the court of Sicilia, lead to a small baby girl being abandoned in the wild reaches of rural Bohe...

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Event Dates:
Fri 1st Dec — Thu 7th Dec

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht in a new translation by Alistair Beaton

The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht in a new translation by Alistair Beaton

Written in 1944 by Bertolt Brecht and set in the Soviet Union around the end of the Second World War, The Caucasian Chalk Circle’s core themes are as relevant tod...

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Normal

Normal

Helen is mopping the floor, Phil is popping balloons, Gary has gone home early. The party is over, but they are still there. There’s no leaving until the popping ...

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Event Dates:
Mon 18th Sep — Sat 23rd Sep

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Toilers

Toilers

Three young women determine to remake the world. They start by reconstructing a lost play. In 1913, Susanne R. Day staged a ‘little propaganda play’ in a fundrais...

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Event Dates:
Tue 19th Sep — Sat 23rd Sep

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SCRIPTED at The Lir Academy

SCRIPTED at The Lir Academy

Emma Adler, Orla Horgan and Rory O’Sullivan have been immersed in training at The Lir Academy led by Graham Whybrow (former Literary Manager of the Royal Court) a...

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Event Dates:
Sat 16th Sep — Sat 16th Sep

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The Events by David Greig Music by John Browne

The Events by David Greig Music by John Browne

When Claire, a priest, and leader of a local community choir survives an atrocity she sets out to answer the most difficult question of all: ‘Why?’ It’s a journey...

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Event Dates:
Sat 8th Jul — Wed 12th Jul

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Each Day Dies With Sleep by José Rivera

Each Day Dies With Sleep by José Rivera

You cannot choose your family and you certainly cannot escape their influence. In Each Day Dies with Sleep, a young woman cursed with prophetic dreams learns this...

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Event Dates:
Sat 8th Jul — Tue 11th Jul

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Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl

Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl

Life around Jean is stark and paper-thin but, when she answers the incessantly ringing phone of the not-so-obviously-dead Gordon, her world fills to vivid and col...

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Event Dates:
Tue 27th Jun — Fri 30th Jun

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Yen by Anna Jordan

Yen by Anna Jordan

Anna Jordan’s 2013 Bruntwood Prize winning play examines a childhood without boundaries or supervision. A brotherhood governed by hardcore pornography and Call of...

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Event Dates:
Mon 26th Jun — Thu 29th Jun

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Short Film Screening 2017

Short Film Screening 2017

Every year final year undergraduate students at The Lir Academy get the opportunity to take part in a short film and work with professional directors and film cre...

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Event Dates:
Thu 15th Jun — Fri 16th Jun

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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

On the terrace of a Mediterranean holiday home, a group of friends assemble for a week-long party full of playful debauchery, pop music, and questionable gender p...

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Event Dates:
Thu 25th May — Wed 31st May

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All’s Well that ends Well

All’s Well that ends Well

All’s Well That Ends Well, perhaps Shakespeare’s least-known play, has for much of its history been considered “problematic”. Sitting somewhere between comedy and...

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Event Dates:
Wed 24th May — Tue 30th May

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London Showcase 2017

London Showcase 2017

The annual showcase will take place in the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, RADA, Malet Street, London on Tuesday 4th April 2017 at 1pm and 6pm. This is a showca...

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Event Dates:
Tue 4th Apr — Wed 5th Apr

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Dublin Showcase 2017

Dublin Showcase 2017

This event is exclusively for agents, casting directors, theatre directors, producers, technical directors, production managers stage managers and people who work...

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Event Dates:
Fri 31st Mar — Sat 1st Apr

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The Skriker by Caryl Churchill

The Skriker by Caryl Churchill

The world in Caryl Churchill’s play The Skriker is influenced by malevolent forces, evil fairies adopting various guises determined to destroy lives, to soak up e...

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Event Dates:
Fri 10th Feb — Thu 16th Feb

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Mojo by Jez Butterworth

Mojo by Jez Butterworth

Violence, drugs and rock n’ roll are the backdrop for Jez Butterworth’s critically acclaimed play Mojo, set in Soho, London in 1958. This fast paced black comedy ...

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Event Dates:
Thu 9th Feb — Wed 15th Feb

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Open Day 2016

Open Day 2016

There will be two presentations at The Lir Academy on Pearse Street at Grand Canal Quay. A representative from The Lir will take students and pa...

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Event Dates:
Sat 10th Dec — Sun 11th Dec

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Children of the Sun by Maxim Gorky

Children of the Sun by Maxim Gorky

Children of the Sun, written in 1905 when the playwright was briefly imprisoned in St. Petersburg during the Russian Revolution, conveys Gorky’s disappointment wi...

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Event Dates:
Fri 2nd Dec — Thu 8th Dec

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Three Winters by Tena Štivičić

Three Winters by Tena Štivičić

In the year when Ireland celebrates the centenary of the 1916 Rising, The Lir Academy presents the Irish premiere of Tena Štivičić’s epic play which charts the tr...

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Event Dates:
Fri 21st Oct — Thu 27th Oct

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Tiger Dublin Fringe presents TRYST

Tiger Dublin Fringe presents TRYST

Matt and Steph are hungover. Their wedding is in a week. Things are under control. Mostly. But when their best friend Rachel arrives unannounced, she reveals a se...

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Event Dates:
Tue 20th Sep — Sat 24th Sep

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Tiger Dublin Fringe presents BlackCatfishMusketeer

Tiger Dublin Fringe presents BlackCatfishMusketeer

This is a play about people getting to know each other through screens. It doesn’t look like the Internet, but it feels like it: it’s compellingly weird, totally ...

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Event Dates:
Mon 19th Sep — Sat 24th Sep

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Tiger Dublin Fringe presents Fist Pump

Tiger Dublin Fringe presents Fist Pump

Fist Pump transports you from blissed out raves and psychedelic landscapes to stories of revolt, grief and female empowerment. RAK is a new artistic collaboration...

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Event Dates:
Tue 13th Sep — Sun 18th Sep

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Scripted

Scripted

The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin presents a showcase of new plays by this year’s graduating Master in Fine Art playwrights. ...

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Event Dates:
Sat 17th Sep — Sat 17th Sep

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Tiger Dublin Fringe presents Start with a Circle

Tiger Dublin Fringe presents Start with a Circle

Start with a circle. Continue outwards. Keep going. Stop, start over. Start with a circle. This time work inwards. Good, start again. Making progress? Getting los...

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Event Dates:
Wed 14th Sep — Sat 17th Sep

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Havin’ A Gala, Cabaret 2016

Havin’ A Gala, Cabaret 2016

Directed by Ronan Phelan. Musical direction by Morgan Cooke The graduating classes of The Lir Academy are proud to present: HAVIN’ A GALA, sponsored...

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Event Dates:
Fri 15th Jul — Fri 15th Jul

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Design Exhibition 2016

Design Exhibition 2016

Gradfest will launch with the opening of the Design Exhibition 2016. This temporary exhibition, displayed in the main foyer of The Lir Academy showcases a range o...

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Event Dates:
Tue 28th Jun — Wed 13th Jul

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Grimly Handsome by Julia Jarcho

Grimly Handsome by Julia Jarcho

A pair of Christmas tree salesmen have come to wreak havoc in NYC. A pair of detectives are bent on catching the killer. A young woman finds herself drawn into th...

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Event Dates:
Sat 9th Jul — Wed 13th Jul

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After the End by Dennis Kelly

After the End by Dennis Kelly

Louise wakes up to find herself in an underground nuclear fallout shelter belonging to her colleague Mark, who has rescued her from the devastation caused by a su...

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Event Dates:
Fri 8th Jul — Tue 12th Jul

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Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

“You feel as if you’re hurtling’ ‘hurtling through my life’ ‘like the front seat of a rollercoaster’ ‘But I feel as if I’m choosing’ ‘Yes...

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Event Dates:
Tue 28th Jun — Fri 1st Jul

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The Coming World by Christopher Shinn

The Coming World by Christopher Shinn

The Coming World is a play about three people on a beach along the picturesque New England coast, struggling to deal with an inexpressible pain as they search for...

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Event Dates:
Mon 27th Jun — Thu 30th Jun

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Short Film Screening 2016

Short Film Screening 2016

Final year acting, stage management and technical theatre students worked on two short films with film directors Rebecca Daly and Ruth Meehan. The films will be s...

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Event Dates:
Wed 8th Jun — Thu 9th Jun

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Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind in a new version by Anya Reiss

Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind in a new version by Anya Reiss

Anya Reiss’s fearlessly contemporary adaptation of this always controversial classic repositions Wedekind’s challenging story of emerging adolescent sexuality in ...

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Event Dates:
Thu 26th May — Wed 1st Jun

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I Am A Camera by John Van Druten

I Am A Camera by John Van Druten

I Am A Camera by John Van Druten is adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s novel Goodbye to Berlin part of the Berlin Stories. It looks at life in a Berlin boarding...

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Event Dates:
Wed 25th May — Tue 31st May

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The Provoked Wife by John Vanbrugh

The Provoked Wife by John Vanbrugh

Sir John Vanbrugh’s second comedy is an outspoken portrayal of sex, marriage, temptation and revenge in the 18th century. Lady Brute, the provoked wife, is hell b...

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Event Dates:
Fri 12th Feb — Thu 18th Feb

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In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl

In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl

In a seemingly perfect, well-to-do Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary new device for treating “hy...

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Event Dates:
Thu 11th Feb — Wed 17th Feb

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The Cradle Will Rock

The Cradle Will Rock

A Brechtian tale of corruption, greed, lies, deceit and prostitution. Set in Steeltown, USA, The Cradle Will Rock is a Brechtian tale of corruption, greed...

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Event Dates:
Fri 4th Dec — Thu 10th Dec

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Buddleia by Paul Mercier

Buddleia by Paul Mercier

Buddleia is a thrilling account of a troubled city at a time of great flux. First staged to great success in 1995, this revival of Paul Mercier’s contemporary cla...

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Event Dates:
Fri 23rd Oct — Fri 30th Oct

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Object Piggy

Object Piggy

Balloons, bodies and steel rings, a Bauhaus Ballet for Dublin city, Object Piggy re-figures aerial dance as a fetish for hardware; a circus-sculpture; a looking-o...

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Event Dates:
Thu 10th Sep — Sun 20th Sep

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Scripted

Scripted

The Lir Academy presents a showcase of new plays by this year’s graduating MFA in Playwriting students. The seven playwrights have been immersed in training led b...

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Event Dates:
Sat 19th Sep — Sat 19th Sep

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The Lir Cabaret 2015

The Lir Cabaret 2015

The yearly Cabaret will take place on Friday 10th July from 7.00pm until the wee small hours. Cabaret & wine reception at the Samuel Beckett Theatre,...

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Event Dates:
Fri 10th Jul — Fri 10th Jul

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Design Exhibition

Design Exhibition

A display of sample design work from the MFA lighting design, costume design and set design students of 2015. The exhibition will open in the foyer of Th...

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Event Dates:
Tue 23rd Jun — Mon 6th Jul

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Damascus

Damascus

It’s the Arab Spring. Syria is on the verge of revolution. Damascus has always been a city of transformations. Paul is here to sell his English-language textbooks...

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Event Dates:
Thu 2nd Jul — Mon 6th Jul

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East of Berlin

East of Berlin

A teenage boy in Paraguay discovers a terrifying hidden secret about his father’s past. Starting in 1970 and moving back through time, East of Berlin is a hauntin...

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Event Dates:
Thu 2nd Jul — Mon 6th Jul

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Pornography

Pornography

A city on the brink. One week in July 2005. London is crashing from the euphoria and promise of the 2012 Olympic bid, G8 summit, and Live 8 concer...

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Event Dates:
Mon 22nd Jun — Thu 25th Jun

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Gruesome Playground Injuries by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Plays Ltd

Gruesome Playground Injuries by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Plays Ltd

“Does it hurt?” Kayleen and Doug have known each other for 30 years. Over the course of their friendship, they have witnessed most of each other’s injuries...

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Event Dates:
Mon 22nd Jun — Thu 25th Jun

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Living Quarters

Living Quarters

Commandant Frank Butler has returned a hero from a peace keeping mission in the Middel East. The Irish state, using all the pomp it can muster, decamps to Friel’s...

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Event Dates:
Fri 22nd May — Thu 28th May

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My Child and Contractions

My Child and Contractions

Both of Bartlett’s brilliant short plays ask the same basic question: is it still possible to live a good life in an increasingly fractured society that is obsess...

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Event Dates:
Thu 21st May — Wed 27th May

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Metamorphosen

Metamorphosen

This spring, an exciting collaborative project led by members of the dynamic Irish Chamber Orchestra and directed by Katherine Hunka sees string students from fou...

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Event Dates:
Sat 14th Mar — Sat 14th Mar

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Ten Thousand Miles Away

Ten Thousand Miles Away

Led by the renowned pianist, Iain Burnside, exceptionally gifted students from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, The Lir Academy and Juilliard School, New York, j...

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Event Dates:
Fri 13th Mar — Sat 14th Mar

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Northern Star

Northern Star

Northern Star, one of the plays included in Stewart Parker’s “Three Plays for Ireland” is based on Henry Joy McCracken struggling to compose his final speech to t...

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Event Dates:
Fri 6th Feb — Sun 15th Feb

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O Go My Man

O Go My Man

Seemingly ordinary healthy relationships are disintegrating as partners become ex partners and revenge becomes a normal part of their everyday lives. Set in Dubli...

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Event Dates:
Thu 5th Feb — Sun 15th Feb

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Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida

For ten years the Greek army has been encamped around the walls of Troy. The siege is getting nowhere, the war is stalemate - and the reason is that the Greek com...

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Event Dates:
Thu 27th Nov — Sun 30th Nov

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Tarry Flynn

Tarry Flynn

Conall Morrison’s adaptation of Patrick Kavanagh’s semi-autobiographical novel, first produced at The Abbey Theatre in 1997, introduces music, choreography and an...

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Event Dates:
Fri 17th Oct — Thu 23rd Oct

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Scripted

Scripted

The six MFA playwrights (from Ireland, Scotland and America) have been immersed in training led by Graham Whybrow (former Literary Manager of the Royal Court) and...

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Event Dates:
Sat 6th Sep — Sat 6th Sep

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The Ugly One, The MFA Showcase

The Ugly One, The MFA Showcase

Lette thought he was normal. When the extent of his ugliness is revealed he turns to a plastic surgeon for help. But after the bandages come off, Lette soon learn...

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Event Dates:
Wed 20th Aug — Sat 23rd Aug

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Electra, The MFA Showcase

Electra, The MFA Showcase

There are rumours that her brother, Orestes, is returning to kill her mother. Does she want to heal or to avenge? Nick Payne adapts Sophocles’ tragedy for a moder...

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Event Dates:
Wed 20th Aug — Sat 23rd Aug

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Foxfinder, The MFA showcase

Foxfinder, The MFA showcase

A foxfinder arrives at Samuel and Judith’s farm to investigate a suspected contamination, driven by the belief that the beast must be unearthed and destroyed to p...

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Event Dates:
Wed 13th Aug — Sat 16th Aug

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Midsummer, The MFA Showcase

Midsummer, The MFA Showcase

Helena is a divorce attorney. Bob is an illegal car salesman. Their paths cross one midsummer night in Edinburgh, and a wild weekend ensues, fueled by sex and sto...

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Event Dates:
Wed 13th Aug — Wed 16th Jul

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Pains of Youth by Ferdinand Bruckner, translated by Daphne Moore

Pains of Youth by Ferdinand Bruckner, translated by Daphne Moore

Set in the aftermath of World War I, Bruckner’s classic Pains of Youth is a melancholic tale detailing the lives of a group of highly sexed medical students resid...

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Event Dates:
Fri 27th Jun — Thu 3rd Jul

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The Clearing by Helen Edmundson

The Clearing by Helen Edmundson

The Clearing is set in seventeenth century Ireland, where Cromwell’s army are ethnically cleansing their way across the land in preparation for British settlement...

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Event Dates:
Thu 26th Jun — Wed 2nd Jul

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Into the Woods Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine

Into the Woods Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine

Sondheim’s famous Into the Woods, premiered to critical acclaim on Broadway in 1987. It won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book and Best Actress ...

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Event Dates:
Fri 23rd May — Thu 29th May

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Transitions Dance Company

Transitions Dance Company

Stefanie Batten Bland A physically demanding, full company dance work with a strong theatrical flavour that is emotionally driven and poe...

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Event Dates:
Sat 26th Apr — Sun 27th Apr

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The Night Season by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

The Night Season by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

The Night Season tells the story of three Sligo sisters who, abandoned by their mother 15 years previously, have been brought up by their cynical drunken father a...

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Event Dates:
Thu 6th Mar — Wed 12th Mar

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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

A bitter sweet play of sunshine and shadow. Twelfth Night is Shakespeare’s greatest and most delicate comedy dealing with the nature of identity, gender and passi...

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Event Dates:
Thu 6th Feb — Tue 4th Mar

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Bold Girls by Rona Munro

Bold Girls by Rona Munro

Bold Girls explores the lives of four Belfast women revealing the complex relationships and the lies and betrayal that fester beneath. Cassie, Marie and Nora’s li...

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Event Dates:
Fri 29th Nov — Thu 5th Dec

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Schiller’s Mary Stuart in a new version by Peter Oswald

Schiller’s Mary Stuart in a new version by Peter Oswald

Mary Stuart, one of the great classics of European theatre, depicts the last days of Mary Queen of Scots. Mary Stuart is imprisoned in England for the murder of h...

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Event Dates:
Thu 28th Nov — Wed 4th Dec

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Scenes from the Big Picture by Owen McCafferty

Scenes from the Big Picture by Owen McCafferty

City life in one of the most troubled cities in the world. Twenty one characters’ lives are interwoven to produce a slice of life in Belfast; another day in a cit...

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Event Dates:
Thu 17th Oct — Wed 23rd Oct

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The Lir Revival Award presents… FARM

The Lir Revival Award presents… FARM

Sophie grew up in a rural sheep farming community, and had always been both fascinated and confused as to how it is possible to live in two varying worlds – that ...

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Event Dates:
Tue 9th Jul — Sat 13th Jul

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