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What can you do in 20 Seconds? Wake up? Fall asleep? Make an enemy? Fall in love? Save a life? Is it enough time? In this debut performance by Thunder and Theatre Company, 20 SECONDS is story of two complete strangers attempting to become friends after circumstance leaves them trapped in an elevator. As tensions rise a struggle leads to the unwilling admittance of a dark secret from one of the men. As they try to adjust to the new atmosphere in their temporary metal prison, we see them grow as friends and each of the men find a new confidence they didn’t have before the silver doors shut, but was it enough? This show is sure to leave audiences laughing, crying, and wanting more. This piece is heart-warming and honest, and Thunder and Theatre are very excited to be sharing this story. Running Time : 75 mins Suitable for all ages 15+ Sexual strong language and sexual references WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY : Liam Wilson Smyth and Kenneth Doran DIRECTED BY : Niamh McGrath LIGHTING AND SET DESIGN : Shannon Cowan SOUND DESIGN BY : Conrad JB About the company… The two company owners, Liam and Kenneth, began their […]

ballet project[d] presents two new and original new works choreographed by Lauren Speirs at Smock Alley Theater October 24th – 26th. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives” – Jane Austen, Persuasion. An abstract look at how our world shapes us. An exploration of the grey area between negative and positive persuasion. Rational Creatures and Ensnared (Choreography collaboration with Fiona Kania) feature six professional female ballet dancers and music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Zoe Keating, and Max Richter. Rational Creatures explores the topic from a more classical, storytelling point of view while Ensnared examines persuasion from a more abstract, contemporary vantage.” Suitable for ages 3+ About the company… ballet project[d] is Ireland’s youngest and most innovative professional ballet company. Born here in Dublin, we began as an ambitious project which set out to lead a renaissance movement in ballet, making Dublin the most educated and entertained audience worldwide. We hope to bring ballet closer to the mainstream and re-invent some of the outdated conventions that are holding the art form back from thriving in the 21st century.

ballet project[d] presents two new and original works choreographed by Lauren Speirs at Smock Alley Theater October 24th – 26th. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives” – Jane Austen, Persuasion. An abstract look at how our world shapes us. An exploration of the grey area between negative and positive persuasion. Rational Creatures and Ensnared (Choreography collaboration with Fiona Kania) feature six professional female ballet dancers and music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Zoe Keating, and Max Richter. Rational Creatures explores the topic from a more classical, storytelling point of view while Ensnared examines persuasion from a more abstract, contemporary vantage.” Suitable for ages 3+ About the company… “The classic “Studies in Red,” (choreography: Lauren Speirs), 3 girls 2 boys, twists, turns, high kicks and poses in excellent form was a highlight of the Dance Forms show at Edinburgh (Fringe Festival)” – The Komisar Scoop “All I can say is let’s hope Lauren is not a stranger on the Irish ballet scene in future and that this lady can bring such magic back to our theatres soon.” – Ireland Today News Follow ballet projected[d] on Facebook and Instagram and […]

The Dark Arts Festival is offering Dublin’s avant-garde electronic music fans the chance to witness some of the most renowned underground performers from Berlin, Copenhagen & Toulouse. Within intimate venues housing the festival, including Smock Alley Theatre, Dark Arts promise to showcase the best dark multi-disciplinary artists from Electro to Techno, Experimental, Ambient sonic and visual art. Book your tickets now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dark-arts-festival-2019-tickets-65037110749

Oasis BellyDance has been for over 20 years sharing the art of oriental dance around the world. Directed by Thay Molica &  Allan Victor Suitable for all ages. Tue 29 Oct 2019 at 6:30pm – 9:30pm in Boys’ School. Tickets: https://smockalley.com/oasis-bellydance-festival/  

Think of a beautiful tapestry with many vibrant colours. Think Blues, Soul & Jazz. This is the stunning voice of Niamh Strong. Born into the entertainment business, her father Rob Strong is the legendary Blues performer, and brother Andrew Strong was Decco Cuff in The Commitments. Niamh first lifted a microphone at the tender age of 9 when her father was jamming with other musicians, astonishing everyone in the room with an impressive blues run. There and then, it was obvious this little girl had natural talent. Niamh joined her band The Three at 18 and penned several original songs. Four of these songs were selected for her first demo. John Polinsky, a musical lawyer from New York, heard this demo and arranged two showcases in New York in Arlene’s Grocery Store and the Cutting Rooms. Several A&R people from different major record labels attended the showcases which were a huge success. Niamh finally decided to go with Robert E. Pineda from Ray Charles’ company. She was brought to Los Angeles to record one of the original songs and shoot a video. Blues Legend Ray Charles described Niamh as having “moments of genius in her voice.” Niamh returned home to […]

Glasshouse are proud to present Thresholds, the latest album from Saso and Kevin Corcoran. Compositions in this innovative work are inspired by the cycle of life and the journey to death, making for a contemplative and meditative experience. Glasshouse are excited to bring this experience to you with a live concert of Thresholds in Smock Alley Theatre. Prepare to immerse yourself in a very special night. Glasshouse are a music ensemble in Dublin, Ireland. They present performances of popular contemporary music in singular locations. They produce their own unique concerts, presenting musically exciting albums in their entirety. SASO formed in Dublin, Ireland in 2000 by Jim Lawler (composer / multi instrumentalist) and Ben Rawlins (producer / recording engineer) who share a unique artistic relationship as a writer and producer partnership. Their music has soft tones, dark electronics and an unrushed pace which offer a slow-motion perspective on fast-forward culture Kevin Corcoran is a classically trained pianist and composer, and works as a performer, producer and arranger; collaborating with bands and artists in Ireland and internationally.

When The Haunted Host premiered at the infamous Caffe Cino in Greenwich Village in 1964, it did so illegally due to its explicit portrayal of homosexuality. This play – coming a half decade before the Stonewall Riots of 1969 – was one of many artistic catalysts that propelled the early Gay Rights Movement in the United States. Jay is an eccentric Greenwich Village homosexual with a gift for playwriting. He is haunted by the untimely passing of his former lover, Ed.  Frank is a young, straight man in search of a playwriting mentor and a place to stay for the night. When Jay opens the door to realise that Frank is a dead-ringer for the late Ed, he sees an opportunity to re-enact the past and absolve himself of old sins. With lightning-fast dialogue that’ll have your cheeks wet and hot with laughter, the two deconstruct truths about art, gender, drugs, society, death, sexual orientation, friendship, love and how much you can give to a person without losing yourself in the process. Written by Robert Patrick, the most produced playwright of the Off-Off-Broadway scene, Melia Theatre Company are delighted to present the Irish premiere of this riotous comedy. This is […]

Tonnta and Kirkos join creative forces for the first time to assemble Listening Bodies, an epic, once-off takeover of Smock Alley Theatre featuring world-renowned composers in dialogue with unique local voices. The culmination of a long-term collaboration between the two ensembles, this immersive experience builds from mentorship from internationally acclaimed artists, including German composer David Helbich and Irish performance artist Amanda Coogan. You are invited to dive into this embodied four-hour exhibition of live and installation music given by 10 performers. Weave your way with sound throughout the entire labyrinth of Dublin’s oldest theatre. Tonnta is a performance company and vocal ensemble dedicated to new music. Lead by vocalist and composer Robbie Blake, Tonnta champions the interdisciplinary creation and performance of music. Kirkos is a Dublin-based contemporary music ensemble focused on experimental music and multi-sensory experiences. Created by: Michelle O’Rourke, Rob Coleman, Robbie Blake and Sebastian Adams. Featuring music by Andrew Hamilton, Eva-Maria Houben, Peter Ablinger and Jennifer Walshe and many more to be announced. Performed by Eileen Coyle, Emma Power, Jane Hackett, Michelle O’Rourke, Miriam Kaczor, Rob Coleman, Robbie Blake, Sebastian Adams, Yseult Cooper Stockdale and Tristan Caldwell. Tickets: https://smockalley.com/listening-bodies/

Three reclusive former child stars are forced to sell their lavish South Dublin home when they finally run out of money after years of living to excess. Having gathered to mourn their manager’s death, things begin to get weird. Long held secrets come unravelled, a popular dance craze takes on new importance, lifelong friendships are tested and a dead dog oversees it all. Are these overgrown children ready to leave behind their fantasy world for a life more ordinary? “Hollow and Dead-Eyed Beasts” is a sort-of-kind-of-comedy; a bit about friendship, not quite regarding fame, almost concerning childhood with one hand vaguely in the area of death whilst also enjoying a passing reference to a popular 90s dance craze with the faintest nod to ritual and only slightly on the subject of the housing market (though having nowhere near enough of a perspective to qualify as satire). And this is all to say nothing of the really rather dead dog. Brought to you by Some People Theatre Company, the team behind the sell-out Dublin Fringe Festival show “White” (Pick of the Fringe 2018. – The Sunday Times, “Simultaneously cutting and laugh out loud funny” – MEG.ie, “At times exceptional, vividly satirical” […]

Belfast’s Bright Umbrella Drama Company present a fast paced, modern military dress version of Shakespeare’s classic of jealousy, anger and mistaken revenge. The Turks are attacking Cyprus and General Othello, ‘The Moor’, is sent with an army by the Venetian Duke to stop their advance.  In the claustrophobic atmosphere of a Cypriot military stockade, the psychopathic Iago convinces Othello that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with The Moor’s right-hand man, Captain Cassio. The result is an explosion of mistaken motives, violence and murder.  Shakespeare’s original script abridged to 130 minutes including interval. ‘Othello is a triumph for the Bright Umbrella Drama Co… Sam Mahadeo’s Othello uses light and shade across his performance… Glenn McGivern plays scheming Iago as a brutal bully hidden in plain sight, never showing signs of weakness… Bryony Randall gave Desdemona a sense of pluck, looking up adoringly at her new husband Othello and delivering tender moments – and some sweet singing – but also capable of turning up the emotion when its required… As a story of racism, love, deception and jealousy, misplaced trust and loyalty, and hyped up with planted evidence, suffocation and revenge killing … the universal themes of Othello certainly resonate […]

With just her sax and a suitcase, Zandra Mitchell joined a jazz band and toured the world.Born in Phibsborough, Dublin in 1903, she was Ireland’s first female saxophonist.While the twenties roared she found her way through Europe to Berlin. The dictators rose; the books burned; the bombs dropped…and Zandra played her sax. Darn Skippy Productions present Zandra, Queen of Jazz — a play with original music, based on an extraordinary true story. The early development of this piece was supported by an Emerging Artist Bursary from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office; with further support from dlr LexIcon Library. Written and Performed by: Roseanne Lynch Directed by: Katherine Soloviev Original Music, Arrangements and Sound Design by: Richard Lennon Poster by: Eugene Korolkov About the company Roseanne Lynch and Richard Lennon, artistic directors of Darn Skippy Productions, also happen to be married. When we first started dating, Richard (a New Yorker) used the phrase “Darn Skippy” in a sentence, and Roseanne (a Dubliner) was completely bewildered. Was he referring to a kangaroo who needed his socks mending? What was he talking about? Richard explained that saying “Darn Skippy” is like saying, not just “yes”, but “YES!!!!” It is now something we say to each […]

Presented by Joanne Condon, Joanne Mooney, Darren Heaney and Katrina Carroll Remember all those great intentions at the start of the year to finish your home projects? Don’t know where to start on your home upcycling and DIY projects? Looking for some inspiration to get your home ready for the arrival of Mr.Claus? Well Round Our Gaff is back! Joanne from A Proud Home, Darran from Old Victorian New, Kat Carroll and Joanne Condon are joining forces again after their successful sold out Round Our Gaff event in August. This time it’s going to be bigger and better with a festive twist! Getting your home ready for Mr.Claus can be a stressful task but we have got your back! This time around we will be sharing a whole new set of projects, tips and techniques to get you inspired and motivated to make your home feel brand new so you can enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. What you will learn at this event will be valuable to you all year around and are not just for Christmas. Our event will include upcycling and DIY demos, Christmas style make sessions , a Q&A and an amazing talk all about paint with our guest and […]