With 17 world premieres, an exciting programme of Irish work and once again welcoming artists from around the world in large numbers to Dublin, experience in person and together, in Dublin, 29 Sept – 16 October 2022
Live performance and cultural experiences play a key role in the city’s recovery and continued growth and DTF 2022 is proud to present a fully live, in person programme of work across Dublin this autumn. Experience the thrill and intimacy of live theatre, together, in person.
As well as the words of brilliant writers, the festival has a strong emphasis on movement and bodies, affirming the power of coming together.
From Verdant productions, the world premiere of Colm Tóibín’s affecting novel The Blackwater Lightship. Set in 90s Ireland when HIV/AIDS was still a terminal diagnosis, this is a story of a broken family, making a family of your own and the cost of caring for each other. Cast includes Ruth McCabe, Karen Ardiff, Rachel O’Byrne, David Rawle, Donncha O’Dea and Will O’Connell. At the Gaiety Theatre for 7 days only from 27 Sept.
DTF is delighted to welcome back to Dublin work by the acclaimed Italian artist Romeo Castellucci for the first time in 18 years, with the dark and unsettling BROS. Castellucci’s Giulio Cesare, Genesi and Tragedia Endogonidia made such an impression on a generation of festival goers in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Now discover the world of BROS where the sinister “actors” must meticulously carry out the orders they are given in real time over the earphones. 14 – 15 Oct, O’Reilly Theatre Belvedere.
One of Ireland’s greatest contemporary writers Edna O’Brien turns her attention to the life of one of the country’s greatest novelists, in a powerful new play Joyce’s Women. From the Abbey Theatre and Eilene Davidson Productions, from 29 Sept.
Fast-paced and thought-provoking, Lost Lear lands us into the world of Joy, a woman with dementia, who is being cared for through a method where people live inside an old memory. Dan Colley, Riverbank Arts Centre and Mermaid Arts Centre examine the self and that part of us that’s inaccessible to others, from 28 Sept at Project Arts Centre.
From Junk Ensemble, The Cold Sings explores themes of female identity and mental health, drawing from Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, her poetry and personal letters. Blending dance, text, music and 1950s designed environments, performed by Irish and international dancers, singers and musicians. From 5 Oct, The Dept @ The Complex. An intriguing encounter, as two American giants who revere each other, Groucho Marx and TS Eliot meet in Dinner With Groucho, (b*spoke theatre company in association with The Civic) by Frank McGuinness (from 26 Sept).
Gare St Lazare Ireland continue their exploration of Will Eno’s work following their award winning collaboration on Title and Deed. In The Realistic Jones two suburban couples’ relationships irrevocably intertwine as the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities. From 7 Oct, Smock Alley Theatre.
Dublin Theatre Festival and The Ark are delighted to once again bring back a season of Theatre for Children which includes New work from Branar and New International Encounter, Grand Soft Day (Ireland & UK/Norway). A playful show of all seasons about always being prepared even though you do not know what the day will bring. Commissioned by The Ark, Grand Soft Day is a predominantly non-verbal piece that combines physical storytelling, live music and colourful wellies.
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