Theatre: “Lost Lear” at the Dublin Theatre Festival

[Info from Dublin Theatre Festival website here.]

Lost Lear – Previews: 28-29 September 2022. Dates: 28 September – 8 October see DTF website for details.

All at once 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.

Following the national and international tour of A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, Dan Colley and his company have turned their sights on a very (very) loose adaptation of King Lear, examining the self and that part of us that’s inaccessible to others.

Who is it that can tell me who I am?” — King Lear, Act I Scene IV

For ages 14+

Talking Theatre – 5th Oct, post-show, with director Dan Colley and members of the company.

Lost Lear will also run from 13th-15th October 2022 in Wicklow at the Mermaid Arts Centre.

Co-produced by Mermaid Arts Centre and Riverbank Arts Centre and funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and supported by Fishamble’s New Play Clinic.

Theatre: “The Comedy of Errors” by Pilgrim Players

The Pilgrim Players will perform The Comedy of Errors at Edmondstown House (aka The Bishop’s Palace) in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, this weekend 12-14th August 2022. 

The Pilgrim Players return for a third year to the bishop’s Palace, with another stellar cast of stage and screen (stars of Poldark, Bohemian Rhapsody, Shakespeare’s Globe, RSC and BAFTA award-winners among them) who will be performing for just 3 days in the grounds of the house. The whole community are invited for the outdoor festival performances.

Tickets and info on the Pilgrim Players website:

Theatre: “The Spanish Tragedy” by Dublin Youth Theatre

[From the Project Arts Centre website here]

Dates: Weds 17th – Sat 20th August 2022. ISL interpreted performance: 19 Aug, 7:30pm Relaxed Performance: 20 August, 1pm. Show Time: 7:30pm, 1pm Matinée (Duration 2.30mins incl. Interval)

Contains mature themes, violence and suicide. Suitable for audiences 14+.

Witness Thomas Kyd’s classic revenge tragedy, The Spanish Tragedy, brought to the Project Arts Centre stage in a bold contemporary production by Dublin Youth Theatre, directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks.

Against a backdrop of warring kingdoms, two young lovers dare to steal a secret moment of forbidden tenderness. But when the murderous jealousy and ambition of powerful enemies leads to devastating violence, a grieving father is left to fight for justice for his murdered son.

Written in the late 16th century, Kyd’s play asks troubling questions that still ring true today: What is the value of justice in a system that seems designed only to protect the powerful and wealthy? What is the life of an individual worth compared to the fate of nations? And if justice is denied, is revenge the only alternative…and at what cost?

Tickets on the Project Arts Centre website here

The Spanish Tragedy: Special Fundraising Opening Night

Celebrate Dublin Youth Theatre’s 45th birthday with a special fundraising Opening Night of Thomas Kyd’s classic revenge tragedy, The Spanish Tragedy. With a dress to impress dress-code, and a post-show discussion with dramaturg Dr Tanya Dean, a ticket to our Opening Night will be a night to remember and will support Dublin Youth Theatre’s programmes that focus on the personal, social and artistic development of young people in Dublin through the medium of theatre.

Theatre: “The Tempest” by Rough Magic at Kilkenny Arts Festival

[From Kilkenny Arts Festival programme webpage here]

Dates: 3rd – 6th, 8th – 13th August 2022, at 8pm. Venue: outdoors in the Kilkenny Castle Parklands

From Rough Magic and Kilkenny Arts Festival, the award-winning team that brought you A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing, comes a new take on Shakespeare’s classic The Tempest, filled with magic, mischief, music and romance.

Shakespeare’s lyrical revenge fantasy comes to the Castle. Eleanor Methven, one of Ireland’s most celebrated actresses, takes on the iconic role of Prospero, the deposed ruler turned elemental sorcerer. The fury of the storm she conjures hurls her enemies onto her shores – but it also brings a sad young prince, to the delighted curiosity of her daughter Miranda. Is their attraction a trick of fate – or the spectacle and sorcery of the enchanted island? A dark comedy filled with magic, music, mischief and romance, told beneath the Kilkenny summer skies.

Book tickets on Kilkenny Arts Festival website.

Theatre: “King John” and “Two Gentlemen of Verona” by PurpleDoor at Smock Alley, Dublin

[Info from Smock Alley website here.]

Experience the best upcoming talent from the North of England as one cast stage two of Shakespeare’s least known plays…

What comes to mind when you think of King John? The Magna Carta? Forget it. Shakespeare’s rarely staged tragedy about Britain’s most useless king rediscovers this overlooked gem, relocated to the middle of Thatcher’s Britain amid the miner’s strike that led to a bloody revolution. Shakespeare’s play examines the responsibility of power, the need for war, and the inability of men to rule, in an uneasily patriotic play that raises as many questions about our leaders today as it did 400 years ago.

Paired in rep with King John, The Two Gentlemen of Verona takes you to mid-90’s Liverpool in a riotous production that celebrates the messy, filthy joy of young love. What happens when you fall in love with your best friend’s other half? Come on a sensory journey with us, in a production which seeks to bring the joy of togetherness after too many solitary years of Covid. Get your shellsuit and your pagers ready, it’s time to spice up your life.

Both productions alternate on different nights with the same cast. Book both shows for the price of €25.


WRITTEN BY William Shakespeare
DIRECTED BY Karl Falconer

About the company
PurpleDoor are a Liverpool based theatre (formerly PurpleCoat), whose work has toured the UK and Ireland and been produced in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Nominated for a National Lottery Award, PurpleDoor have been hailed as ‘one of the UK’s fastest rising ensembles’ with a body of work that has been championed by figures including Stephen Fry and Judi Dench. They aim to champion undiscovered talent and help new audiences enjoy Shakespeare.

Irish Renaissance Seminar – online Sat. 21st May

24th meeting of the IRS
online from University College Cork
Saturday 21st May 2022

“Early modern families on the page, stage, and screen”

1.30pm          Social for postgraduates and early career researchers led by Anna Graham (PhD, Queen’s University Belfast)   

2pm              Welcome to the 24th IRS from Edel Semple (UCC)

2.05pm          Panel

Anna Graham (Queen’s University Belfast) “Mother Knows Best: Tensions within Maternal Authority”

Miranda Fay-Thomas (Trinity College Dublin) “We Are Family? Queer Inclusion/Ostracization in Twelfth Night

3.05pm          Virtual coffee – take a screen-break or socialise

3.30pm          Plenary

Katherine Scheil (University of Minnesota) “Father Shakespeare”

4.30pm          Closing remarks

For the MS Teams link, please email the host for this IRS meeting, Edel Semple:

Schools: Othello session – with Cyclone Rep

Cyclone Rep presents the Othello Session Online: The Colour of Skin

The Colour of Skin begins in the U.S. with the Black Lives Matter Movement reaching fever pitch. Othello thinks this is a movement that doesn’t affect him due to his high status in the military and because he is a light skinned Mauritanian. However, FIX news, emboldened by a jealous Iago, doesn’t share this view. They join forces to malign Othello’s character, aiming to cast doubt on his fitness to lead and for daring to love a white woman.

Cyclone Rep gives Othello a modern context that focuses on the theme of racism, in light of the Black Lives Matter Movement, to create a relevant and thought-provoking production for secondary school students. Other key themes and topics, such as Jealousy, Appearance vs. Reality, Manipulation, Gender, Xenophobia, Self-hatred, Dramatic Irony, The Handkerchief, and Animal Imagery, will be reviewed to help learners prepare for the Leaving Certificate English paper.

Please visit to learn more about this Online Session which will be available in the new year.

Live national tour in 2022

Helix Theatre, DCU – Tuesday 8th to Friday 11th March 2022 

Everyman Theatre, Cork – Monday 14th March to Wednesday 16th March 2022 

Town Hall Theatre, Galway – Monday 21st to Tuesday 22nd March 2022 

Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny – Thursday 24th to Friday 25th March 2022 

9.45am & 1pm* shows available  (*Afternoon shows will open subject to demand*)

Ticket price: Live: Standard ticket price for live performances is €15 per student, and teachers and SNA’s go free. Group discounts available. Online: Online Interactive: €9, Online Non-Interactive: €7. 

Theatre: The Tempest – South Bank Theatre, Belfast

Bookings are now open for the much anticipated production of The Tempest at Belfast’s South Bank Playhouse on 11-13 November and 18-20 November 2021.

The Shakespeare comedy of betrayal, prejudice, magic and revenge is reimagined by Southbank director Jolena Flett.

Doors open at 7pm. Curtain at 7:30pm.

Tickets free but donation recommended, see info at: