Exceptional theatrical experiences are waiting in the wings in Ireland as the Dublin Theatre Festival prepares to stage a dynamic programme of drama.
Bringing world-class theatre to Dublin and providing a platform to showcase the best of Irish theatre to the world, Dublin Theatre Festival (26 September – 13 October) presents an eclectic, entertaining and thought-provoking programme for 2019.
With intense solo performances and exuberant large ensembles, quirky comedies, dark drama and innovative musical scores, the festival fills 23 venues over its 18-day run with bold new works and fresh interpretations of classics.
Kicking off the festival is a new production of John Millington Synge’s comic masterpiece, Playboy of the Western World at Dublin’s famous Gaiety Theatre.
There are a number of Irish premieres including Michael Keegan Dolan and Teaċ Daṁsa’s new production, Mám, which melds music, text, storytelling and dance, and Last Orders at the Dockside by Dermot Bolger, awash with songs and sharp Dublin wit.
The festival also welcomes sell-out shows How to Win Against History, a hilarious musical about an eccentric nineteenth-century aristocrat, and Redemption Falls, a bleak and beautiful story adapted from Joseph O’ Connor’s book and told through the folk music of Ireland and America.
Among the more unusual offerings is Beckett’s Room, a play without performers where the audience listens to the story through headphones as they view the stage which represents Beckett’s Paris apartment.
Real Magic takes the audience on a hallucinatory journey into the world of second chances while Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster – a story of a man, a woman and a duck – has been described as comic genius.
Alongside the core productions, the festival has a linked programme of fringe activities. A theatrical walking tour takes you through three and half centuries of performance in Dublin, while a virtual reality exhibition of Irish stage design enables the audience to meet designers and their work in 360o visualisations.
There is also a series of work-in-progress showcases of plays and documentaries by emerging artists.
The Dublin Theatre Festival is the centrepiece of the wider Dublin Festival Season, which lights up September and October with eight different festivals across the city.
Covering everything from literature, fashion, music, comedy and architecture and featuring the hugely popular Culture Night (20 September), the season is a celebration of Dublin’s creativity and love of the arts. There is no better time to visit the Irish capital.