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For over 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. The worldwide phenomenon which is Riverdance began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin and has continued to set new records in packed theatres and arenas throughout the world. www.riverdance.com – Since 1995 Riverdance has played 11,500 performances and been seen live by over 25 million people in over 467 venues worldwide in 47 countries across 6 continents – Travelled 750,000 miles (or to the moon and back and back again!) – Played to a global television audience of 3 billion people – Sold over 3 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD and 10 million Riverdance videos & DVD

The Snapper offers a wickedly funny account of the ups and downs of family life and pregnancy in Northside Dublin of the late 1980s. It is salty and sweet and the Gate Theatre sits right next door to the Rotunda Hospital where Sharon’s baby ‘the snapper’ is born. Roddy Doyle’s second installment of the celebrated Barrytown Trilogy is a story that remains fresh, vivid, astute and relevant for today.

Michael hasn’t been home in almost twenty years. Having been kicked out of the seminary and exiled from his family home, he found himself in London, by accident rather than design. But now, the death of his mother sees him back in the small town where he grew up. The place that chewed him up and spat him out. Reunited with his two brothers, their partners and the local clergy, there are questions that want answering and old scores that need laying to rest. Where do you find home, when your family and faith have abandoned you? An Irish funeral brings out the best and worst in people, and a long night of truths lies ahead.

The Snapper offers a wickedly funny account of the ups and downs of family life and pregnancy in Northside Dublin of the late 1980s. It is salty and sweet and the Gate Theatre sits right next door to the Rotunda Hospital where Sharon’s baby ‘the snapper’ is born… Please note, children must be accompanied by an adult. This production contains adult themes and strong language. Parental discretion is advised. There will be a post-show discussion with Roddy Doyle and members of The Snapper cast on Monday 30 July. For more information, please see here. There will be a Sign Language Interpreted Performance (SLIP) on Thursday 30 August at 7.30pm. Patrons availing of this service are advised to book via boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie to access a discounted ticket rate and seats with the best sight lines. Amanda Coogan will be the ISL Interpreter for this performance.

A new musical about a girl from Kerry and a boy from Dublin who fall in love despite the language barrier!

A FREE music, comedy & spoken word festival taking place in venues along the banks of the River Liffey. The Festival was set up in order to provide the city centre with an equivalent to the summer festivals taking place in less urban location during the summer. The Dublin Quays Festival also intends to curate ‘afternoons of spoken word, cultural talks, literary events, pop up performances and club nights.’

Playful days & Curious Nights. Experience a cultural feast of unique, visual and interactive experiences in Dublin that merge cutting edge technology, design, arts and science in playful, immersive & curious ways. With over 45,000 people descending on Dublin from across the globe every year and visiting 14 venues & spaces across the city centre you can experience Dublin come alive in an energetic fusion of interactive installations, pop-up playgrounds and curiosity carnivals to immersive experiences, performance, visual art, theatre, film, secret tours, night cycles & urban escapes.

Chloe doesn’t like her new school. With scary exams, stressful subjects and mountains of homework, Chloe just can’t seem to adjust to her new secondary school life. So she and her parents start the “School for Dinosaurs”, a lively lizard alternative approach to scary school subjects! But the clocks ticking down to exam time! Will Chloe make the grade in time? School For Dinosaurs is a fun reptilian romp for the whole family! Appropriate for all ages Suggested age 8-12

Jimmy’s Hall tells the true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman deported from his own country. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close. A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns from the US. The hall stands abandoned but as Jimmy sees the poverty and growing oppression in the village, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He decides to reopen the hall, and so takes on the established authorities of the church and the government.

Vodafone Ireland and Aiken Promotions today announce the unmissable line up of acts that are set to take centre stage at the Vodafone Comedy Festival 2018. This year’s Festival is shaping up to be the most exciting yet, with over 120 acclaimed performers from Ireland and across the globe confirmed to bring laughter and craic to Dublin’s beautiful Iveagh Gardens. The festival will take place across five fully seated venues over four fun-packed days from 26th – 29th Thursday 26 July Tommy Tiernan / Aisling Bea / Joe List / MC Joanne McNally 19:30 The Gas Station Thursday 26 July Foil, Arms & Hog / Jarlath Regan / Eleanor Tiernan / Julie Jay MC Gearoid Farrelly 21:30 The Gas Station Thursday 26 July Rory Scovel / John Early / Kate Berlant / MC David O’Doherty 19:30 The Punch Line Thursday 26 July Abandoman / Michael Che / Glenn Wool / Yvonne Orji MC Joe Rooney and Cipha Sounds 21:30 The Punch Line Thursday 26 July Jason Byrne / Enya Martin / Al Foran / MC Barry Murphy 19:30 The Funny Bone Thursday 26 July Alison Spittle / Nicole Byer / Rhea Butcher / Lolly Adefope MC Emma Doran 21:30 The […]

Glass Mask Theatre Revenge started a gangland tragedy. Now only sacrifice can finish it. Dublin 2018 – After a bitter gangland feud between two childhood friends has reached a deadly impasse, only a terrifying sacrifice can end the bloodshed. Age Suitability: 12+ Running time : 75 mins FREE PREVIEW ‘Crack In The Glass’ on Sunday the 29th. IDLEWILD: when two men play God, the Devil decides who wins. WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Jimmy Murphy LIGHTING DESIGN BY: Margaret Keohane SET DESIGN BY: Andy Murray CAST: Ruairi Heading Rex Ryan

Glass Mask Theatre IDLEWILD: when two men play God, the Devil decides who wins. Revenge started a gangland tragedy. Now only sacrifice can finish it. Dublin 2018, after a bitter gangland feud between two childhood friends has reached a deadly impasse, only a terrifying sacrifice can end the bloodshed. 29 Jul – 11 Aug | 8pm | Sat Matinees 2pm | Boys’ School Age Suitability: 12+ Running time : 75 mins FREE PREVIEW ‘Crack In The Glass’ on Sunday the 29th. WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Jimmy Murphy LIGHTING DESIGN BY: Margaret Keohane SET DESIGN BY: Andy Murray CAST: Ruairi Heading Rex Ryan Glass Mask Theatre are the resident theatre company of Smock Alley Boys’ School for 2018 / 2019. Their first season, ‘The Price Of Life’, will consist of three plays by acclaimed Irish Playwright Jimmy Murphy, including two world premieres, intensely brought to life by the company. Glass Mask commit to collaboration with excellent playwrights from Ireland and abroad.