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We bring world-class theatre to Dublin, support artists in creating outstanding work and provide a platform to showcase the best of Irish theatre to the world.

At the heart of the festival is the city of Dublin – its people and its stories – and a commitment to contributing to the vibrant social and cultural life of our capital. Our mission is to present a programme of exceptional theatrical experiences that will appeal to the diverse communities and visitors that make up our city.

We have a rich history, with much to celebrate, but we are most excited about is what is yet to come. In the future, we want to see more people participating in culture and more artists creating bold new work that challenges and inspires.

Bang! is a moving and compassionate new play about love, family and the struggle to truly be yourself!
Smock Alley Theatre | 14—23 Oct

Root
At the intersection of ecology and performance, Root will trace where we have come from, where we are now and where we need to go.
Samuel Beckett Theatre | 29 Sept—2 Oct

Heart of a Dog
A vivid exploration of what it means to be human, and animal — with joy, pain, love, loss, faith, ecstasy, despair, sex, beauty, wickedness, music, dancing, humour, and cats.
Civic Theatre | 29 Sept—3 Oct

Duck Duck Goose
Duck, Duck, Goose follows the story of Chris Quinn, a young man who, in an attempt to help his friend, becomes deeply embroiled in a rape allegation.
Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire & Draíocht, Blanchardstown | 29 Sept—9 Oct

Neon
Performance maker and artist Tim Etchells is making a new neon work to be installed at the Crown Alley Telephone Exchange in central Dublin.
Temple Bar Square | 30 Sept

Rearing is Sparing
Rearing is Sparing is a love letter to the mothers of Dublin’s North Inner City and beyond.
axis: Ballymun | 29 Sept—2 Oct

Not to Scale
Not to Scale is a full-length autoteatro performance which draws two participants into shared experiments
and intertwined processes of drawing, erasing and listening.
Filmbase | 30 Sept—8 Oct

How It Is
Internationally renowned Beckett specialists, Gare St Lazare Ireland make a welcome return to the festival with the world premiere of all three parts of Beckett’s towering novel, How It Is reimagined for film.
How It Is
Online | 1—7 Oct

Stronger
Inspired by true events, Stronger tells the gripping story of Jan, a teacher who is sexually assaulted by her student.
Stronger
Smock Alley Theatre | 30 Sept—9 Oct

Once Before I Go
Once Before I Go is an intensely moving world premiere from Phillip McMahon, co-creator of the iconic sensation RIOT!
Gate Theatre | 24 Sept—23 Oct

The First Child
Following the sensational success of their first two operas, The Last Hotel and The Second Violinist, Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh join forces once again on the final installment in their explosive trilogy of suburban horror.
O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College | 2—9 Oct

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks
Saoirse Murphy moves from one chaotic world to another. From her religious home in Dublin, to a new exciting life in London. She’s had a taste of freedom and she’s making the most of it; but underneath it all she’s struggling to manage a big secret, and there’s only one person she can talk to about it.
Abbey Theatre, on the Peacock stage | 30 Sept—16 Oct

What Did I Miss?
The Ark and Dublin Theatre Festival present a new show by The Ark Artist-in Residence, Shaun Dunne, offering a window into one child’s experience of the first lockdown of 2020.
The Ark | 1—10 Oct

De La Sexualité Des Orchidées
De la sexualité des orchidées (On the sexuality of orchids) is a performance-lecture during which an artist disguised as a lecturer, Sofia Teillet, discusses orchid reproduction.
Samuel Beckett Theatre | 4—5 Oct

The Book of Names
Two of Ireland’s leading theatre companies collaborate for the first time, to present a hugely ambitious co-production that plots a singular path through one of the most secretive, contentious and turbulent times in Irish history.
The Pumphouse, Dublin Port | 29 Sept—23 Oct

Emperor 101
With live performance and extraordinary visuals, the play riffs on influences from ancient mythology to Alice in Wonderland—and asks if rejection of the ‘mainstream’ is a product of fear, or the ultimate act of self-empowerment in a complex world?
iD8 Studio at The Digital Hub | 4—10 Oct

The Application
The Application is a documentary following Gina Moxley and Luca Truffarelli making an application about freelance theatre artists experiences of endlessly making applications and precious little work during lockdown.
The New Theatre | 5—16 Oct

Doing It and Floral Arrangement
Doing It + Floral Arrangement are two pieces presented together, that were originally created for a cycle of lecture-performances—curated by the Argentinian playwright and director Lola Arias—in which artists from different disciplinary backgrounds present a personal story that secretly obsesses them.
Samuel Beckett Theatre | 6—7 Oct

THE FIRST BAD MAN
A live performance based on a reading of THE FIRST BAD MAN, a novel by Miranda July.
Wesley House | 6—17 Oct

Rising
RISING is a temporary visual installation and audio performance exploring the often overwhelming topic of climate change from the point of view of young Dubliners living close to the water.
Liffey Quays | 7—9 Oct

Uncle Ray
“Memories, like old photographs, come flooding back
in black and white… So, when Uncle Ray came to visit
once a year, I had no idea he had turned into glorious
Technicolor..”
Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire | 7—9 Oct

Conversations After Sex
In a series of unexpected and unguarded conversations after anonymous sexual encounters,
a woman discovers men with the same deep need to communicate and connect in the lonely, atomised city.
Project Arts Centre (Space Upstairs) | 7—17 Oct

The First Child – Live Stream
Following the sensational success of their first two operas, The Last Hotel and The Second Violinist, Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh join forces once again on the final installment in their explosive trilogy of suburban horror.
Online | 9 Oct

Death and Birth In My Life
Which deaths and which births have influenced and changed my life so far? Who have I welcomed, who have I lost and said farewell to—and what has happened to me in the process?
Smock Alley Theatre | 10—15 Oct

The First Child – On Demand
Following the sensational success of their first two operas, The Last Hotel and The Second Violinist, Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh join forces once again on the final installment in their explosive trilogy of suburban horror.
O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College | 10—23 Oct

Glue
Rough Magic presents the world premiere of GLUE, a tense, psychological thriller.
axis: Ballymun | 11—16 Oct

Night Dances
This is an assault on the senses and an ode to the body,
all breathing the same air, blood, sweat and tears
Love, fury, pride sharing a moment
Life, death, magic… humanity
The National Stadium | 12—16 Oct

The Visit
A funny, heart-warming, touching new play that explores a hidden social reality we are only beginning to understand.
Draíocht, Blanchardstown | 13—16 Oct

iGirl
In her first production as Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, Caitríona McLaughlin reunites with Marina Carr for the world premiere of iGirl.
Abbey Theatre, Abbey stage | 9—30 Oct

The Book of Names – Live Stream
Two of Ireland’s leading theatre companies collaborate for the first time, to present a hugely ambitious co-production that plots a singular path through one of the most secretive, contentious and turbulent times in Irish history.
The Book of Names – Live Stream
Online | 14 Oct

Beckett Sa Creig: Laethanta Sona (Happy Days)
Company SJ bring their aesthetic tools of language, site, the body and visual art to bear on Beckett’s haunting exploration of human relationships in Happy Days.
Samuel Beckett Theatre | 14—17 Oct

Night Dances – Live Stream
This is an assault on the senses and an ode to the body,
all breathing the same air, blood, sweat and tears
Love, fury, pride sharing a moment
Life, death, magic… humanity
Online | 15 Oct

The Book of Names – On Demand
Two of Ireland’s leading theatre companies collaborate for the first time, to present a hugely ambitious co-production that plots a singular path through one of the most secretive, contentious and turbulent times in Irish history.
Online | 15—23 Oct

Conversations After Sex – Live Stream
In a series of unexpected and unguarded conversations after anonymous sexual encounters,
a woman discovers men with the same deep need to communicate and connect in the lonely, atomised city.
Online | 16 Oct

Ways Of Walking With A Book In Your Hand
Ways Of Walking With A Book In Your Hand is a reading experience in the public space. We want to take our books for a walk.
Marsh’s Library | 12—16 Oct

Night Dances – On Demand
This is an assault on the senses and an ode to the body,
all breathing the same air, blood, sweat and tears
Love, fury, pride sharing a moment
Online | 16—23 Oct

Conversations After Sex – On Demand
In a series of unexpected and unguarded conversations after anonymous sexual encounters,
a woman discovers men with the same deep need to communicate and connect in the lonely, atomised city.
Online | 17—23 Oct

Date

Sep 30 2021 - Oct 17 2021
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