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Smock Alley Theatre is delighted to announce our 4th Festival of New Work – SCENE + HEARD 2019. A festival of new work across Music, Theatre, Comedy, Circus, Dance, Drag, Children’s Theatre & Spoken Word. We asked artists to bring their most original ideas to our stages to inspire our audiences, and to encourage them to give honest feedback on the works in development. These artists delivered. With over 105 companies showcasing new work this year, the fabulously restored 17thcentury playhouse that is Smock Alley Theatre will come alive with the most playful, inventive, absurd, terrifying, comic and heart wrenching performances from Ireland’s rising and established theatre, radio, stand-up, spoken word, musical, drag and dance stars. The 2019 programme offers the best tasters of never-before-seen works in progress from all corners of the island. A variety of wild and wonderful performances are programmed within 60 minute slots at very happy prices. Theatre delicacies abound with stories overheard on the bus in Routeless, twitter meltdowns in 140 Characters, moving statues in Pilgrimville, self acceptance in Belly, an epidemic of disappearances in Have You Seen This Girl?,a new take on Waterford Crystal (the horse not the manufacturer), resurrection of the dead in The Common Task, and crazy weeding shenanigans in Gone Full […]

Tayo Aluko & Friends A rollercoaster journey through African-American actor and singer Paul Robeson’s remarkable life, highlighting his pioneering and heroic political activism. Features Ol’ Man River and other famous songs, much fiery oratory, and a defiant testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee. First-rate … an admirable introduction to a great pioneering performer” (★★★★) The Guardian “A stunning piece of musical theatre…. high quality drama, first class singing” Fringe Review, Edinburgh Fringe, 2010 “A brilliantly put together history lesson delivered as art.” Dirt & Candy “Never less than utterly believable” British Theatre Guide “Simply told but immensely powerful” The Scotsman “A must-see experience, a treasure of a show. TOP PICK!” DC Theater Scene Recommended Age : 12+ Running time : 85 mins

He is Britain’s first Black judge, a fine singer and keen cricket lover. Finding himself stranded in the Heart of Empire, Nigerian Tunji Sowande muses on Black liberation struggles worldwide. He insists he is no political aficionado, but is content to contribute through his music and songs. “A fascinating play” (★★★★) The Guardian “Another triumph … that thrills and touches” (★★★★★) British Theatre Guide “Immensely enjoyable.” (★★★★) One4Review “A superb play” (9/10) Liverpool Sound and Vision “Every socialist, anti-racist and ¬anti-imperialist will love this” Socialist Worker “Prepare to be bowled over” Wirral Globe Recommended Age : 14+ Running time : 85 mins

Baby wipes, glitter and cans at the ready, Joni and Scarlett head off on their respective weekends. From two walks of life and residing on two sides of the festival, the pair unexpectedly meet in the neon fields of Electric Picnic. Hysterically riotous and soul-stirring, ELECTRIC probes our innate prejudices and preconceived notions of who we are while taking you on the session of a lifetime! Festival season is too far away, let’s get this party started! ILA Productions presents ELECTRIC, a new play written by Ali Hardiman, starring Ericka Roe & Ali Hardiman and directed by Clare Maguire with original beats by Sam Hardiman. Electric is a fun, light hearted comedy that comes with a punch. The show transports you to the fields of Stradbally where a 72 hour party is in full swing, Electric Picnic. Amidst the mayhem two young girls unexpectedly find their paths crossed. Electric is a party in a play bursting with energy and fun yet the message at its heart is a serious one. Be ready to dance, sing and laugh with Scarlett and Joni on their journey through the madness. ★★★★★ “Smart, funny, utterly engaging… it’s the closest thing to heaven you’re likely to […]

A unique exhibition of paintings and songs by Barry Kerr, performed by Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Pauline Scanlon, Niall Hanna, Síle Denvir, Niamh Dunne and Seán Óg Graham. Barry Kerr is a visual artist, song-writer and musician whose deep love and understanding of Irish life and traditions informs his paintings and songs. This new work ‘Continuum’ tells visual and vernacular tales of the land and sea and of human connection and history. It is a fusion of Kerr’s creative energies into one entity to create a unique visual and sound experience for audience and performers. These dynamic paintings vividly depict scenes from a new series of songs and they will be exhibited and performed on the night by some of Ireland’s leading singers and musicians. A feast for the senses, ‘Continuum’ combines the best of modern Irish folk song with evocative oil paintings to create an extraordinary journey into the artist’s creative well. Running time : Approx. 65 mins SONGS AND PAINTINGS BY: Barry Kerr MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Síle Denvir PERFORMED BY: Barry Kerr, Síle Denvir, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Pauline Scanlon, Niamh Dunne, Seán Óg Graham, Niall Hanna

Claire lost her hair in front of the nation & miraculously grew it back again. The show is a story of struggle, perseverance and the art of learning how to be yourself. Basically a live Instagram Live with Claire Balding! An evening of fun, lols and uplifting & meaningful chats! Learn how to tell your story. Check out Claire on Instagram, facebook or on Snapchat: Claire.Balding. “She is an agent for change and progress, a powerful (and hilarious) antidote to the Irish media’s obsession with waxy women” “Most of the time I am barely conscious that our relationship is not two-way” Rhona McAuliffe, Sunday Independent “The future is bright for Ms. Fullam and I’ve no doubt that she will do great things in the future” Esther O’Moore Donohoe, 80% PodCast