Dublin Theatre Festival – Free Events, Panel Discussions, In Development

Dublin Theatre Festival

There’s a lot more happening in the Dublin Theatre festival than the various plays, there’s also a world of free events, shows that are in development and other odd ball things for you to check out. There’s some tasty treats in the ‘In Development’ section, with new plays in progress by Pan Pan, Anu Productions and Brokentalkers, so really some of Ireland’s finest. See what you can find below…


Chaired by Vincent Woods, these panel discussions will address some of the themes at play in this year’s festival programme. Panels are open to the public and will be recorded for broadcast on RTÉ Radio One

This week on Oct 4 (at 2pm) the discussion will be:

The Artists Are Not at Home: Many great writers have preferred to imagine Ireland from elsewhere. The work of James Joyce, Eugene O’Neill and Samuel Beckett features in this year’s programme, in productions by artists who have also moved between cultures and countries. Does a creative distance from home help to make good theatre?

Venue: Project Arts Centre. Admission is free but ticketed. Advance booking is available by phone on +353 1 677 8899, in person at the festival Box Office or at the venue on a first-come first-served basis.


Dublin Theatre Festival is committed to supporting Irish artists in creating ambitious and high-quality new work. The In Development programme offers theatre makers a platform to present works-in-progress to Irish and international audiences and presenters. Audiences will have an opportunity to see pieces at a critical phase in their development, while artists, writers and directors will use the space to try out new ideas. Past In Development presentations have gone on to enjoy successful productions as part of Dublin Theatre Festival, and to receive critical and public acclaim at home and abroad. Admission to all In Development presentations is free, but booking is essential as capacity is limited.

Americanitis: Pan Pan – LISTEN: Nervous, Anxious? You’ve got ‘Americanitis’ and there’s a cure. Audiences are invited to join Pan Pan for the first stages of rehearsal of their latest work: made by the people for the people. Date: Oct 4, 5pm Venue: DanceHouse

Bernardo: Manuela Infante (Chile), José Miguel Jiménez (Chile/Ireland), Dylan Tighe (Ireland) – The first steps of a collaboration between Irish and Chilean theatre artists, inspired by the distant figure of Bernardo O’Higgins – the Irish ‘liberator’ of Chile. Supported through an Arts Council Theatre Project Award. Date: Oct 4, 3pm Venue: Smock Alley Theatre

The Death by Fire of Giordano Bruno – META – Composer Roger Doyle’s first opera is based on the life of Giordano Bruno, a Renaissance genius whose heretical ideas foreshadowed the modern world and resulted in his being burned at the stake by the Church. Supported by an Arts Council Opera Project Award. Date: Oct 5, 1pm. Venue: Samuel Beckett Theatre

Future Forecast – Brokentalkers – Taking inspiration from the tradition of future forecasting, this latest project from Brokentalkers features a cast of older people who try to predict the future in text, movement and song. Supported through an Arts Council Theatre Project Award. Date: Oct 5, 12pm. Venue: Smock Alley Theatre

Vardo Corner – ANU Productions – Developing the final instalment of the acclaimed Monto Cycle, ANU highlights the new communities and cultures that live, work and worship here from a contemporary vantage point and examine how they will realise their shared future. Supported through an Arts Council Theatre Project Award. Date: Oct 4, 1.30pm & 3.30pm. Venue: Oonagh Young Gallery


Play On is the festival’s artist development programme to discover and encourage new playwrights. Led by international playwriting mentor Graham Whybrow, more than 20 talented playwrights were offered a playwriting course and mentoring this year, with a view to conceiving and writing a new play. This public reading showcases the quality and range of the playwrights, with excerpts from new plays and works-in-progress. Play On is a catalyst: it aims to get new plays written and to get new plays on.

Date: Oct 12, 1pm. Venue: Project Arts Centre. Admission is free but ticketed. Advance booking is available by phone on +353 1 677 8899, in person at the festival Box Office or at the venue on a first-come first-served basis.

Architectural Walking Tours of Dublin Past and Present

Architecture writer and researcher Lisa Cassidy will lead a walking tour around the city, looking at the history and development of Dublin’s performance spaces. The tour will examine the functional and aesthetic forms of venues to the present day, and consider the social and performance aspects of the buildings.

Stops along the walk will include examples of architecturally significant theatres, exploring how existing buildings became theatre spaces, the advent of cinema in former live venues, and how the functional requirements of live performance are reflected in theatre architecture. Tours will meet outside the Festival Box Office and involve 90 minutes of walking at a moderate pace in the city centre. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Dates: Oct 5 & 12, 2.30pm. Tickets: €10. Capacity is limited to 25 per tour. Please book early.

 Tour of the Abbey Theatre’s Historic Portrait Collection

Explore the Abbey Theatre’s historic portrait collection on this exclusive, access all areas tour. Be amongst the first to see two new portraits of celebrated playwrights Sebastian Barry and Tom Mac Intyre by leading contemporary visual artists Colin Davidson and Mick O’Dea. With renowned RHA artist Mick O’Dea as your guide, this intimate tour will reveal an eclectic collection featuring artists such as Norah McGuinness, Sean O’Sullivan, James Sleator and John Butler Yeats. Date: Oct 2, 1pm. Tickets: €10. Capacity is limited to 25. Please book early.


The Actors’ Salon will offer eight emerging actors the chance to spend two days in the Gate Lab working with a voice coach, a casting agent, a director and seasoned actors to enhance their skills and knowledge through practical and theoretical sessions with experts. The Actors’ Salon is aimed at actors at the beginning of their professional career. Venue: Gate Theatre. Date: Oct 7 & 8. For information and to apply email rachel.murray@gate-theatre.ie


Join fellow theatregoers at the Festival Club at Odessa, open throughout the festival for coffee, lunch and right through the night for your post-show entertainment. Present your show ticket or stub at the door and enjoy free admission and discounts at the bar.

Sean Millar is one of the most respected songwriters of his generation. In a special festival appearance he performs a selection of his best-known tracks along with songs from his new album C48, his finest to date. Date: Oct 10, 9pm. Tickets: €12

Critics’ Events

Each year Dublin Theatre Festival includes a programme of forums for conversation and debate between critics, audiences and artists. Admission to critics’ events is free but ticketed. Booking is available by phone on +353 (0)1 677 8899 or in person at the festival Box Office.

International Critics’ Forum: Irish Theatre Magazine hosts its annual International Critics’ Forum, where critics, artists and audiences from home and abroad are invited to discuss the highlights of the 2013 programme. Presented in association with Irish Theatre Magazine Venue: Project Arts Centre Date: Oct 10, 4pm

Young Critics’ Forum: Young Critics is a programme of the National Association for Youth Drama (NAYD). Audiences of all ages are invited to join this year’s 16 participants to discuss and critique some of the Irish and international work in the festival. For further information visit our website or see http://www.nayd.ie Venue: Project Arts Centre Date: Oct 6, 1pm

Younger Critics’ Panel: The Younger Critics’ Panel hosted by The Ark will see five 8 to 12 year old children review productions in the festival’s Family Season. Aided by a mentor, and with support from the team at The Ark, the critics will attend the four Family Season shows and through facilitated workshops explore their themes and techniques. The critics will be encouraged to compare and contrast the shows, looking at issues of age appropriateness, engagement of audience and cultural differences of presentation. Venue: The Ark Date: Oct 12, 1pm Booking for this event is available directly through The Ark box office in person or by phone on +353 1 670 7788. http://www.ark.ie

National Campaign For the Arts Colloquy #3: The NCFA Colloquia: Conversations about the Arts and Arts Policy have been devised to challenge and change how we generally think and speak about the arts, especially the funded arts sector in Ireland. The third colloquy in the series, curated by independent cultural manager and researcher Tara Byrne, will take place during the festival. The special guest speaker will be Jim McGuigan, Professor of Cultural Analysis at Loughborough University and author of titles such as Cool Capitalism. Venue: Smock Alley Theatre Date: Oct 7, 2pm – 5pm Free admission. To reserve a place email events@ncfa.ie http://www.ncfa.ie

Transformations: A Photography Exhibition Marking 50 years of Focus Theatre

Transformations will display rare and newly-restored images that chart the early development of a young company at the cutting edge of theatrical art in Ireland. The exhibition will include images from the 1970s to the 1990s, and reflect the changing nature of Stanislavski-based Irish theatre in the current decade. Venue: Culture Box Date: From Oct 1, 9am–4pm (closed on Sundays) Free Admission

20th Annual International Theatre Exchange

2013 marks Irish Theatre Institute’s 20th consecutive International Theatre Exchange (ITE), a one-day gathering of influential worldwide arts presenters and producers which offers Irish theatre-makers an exciting opportunity to build strong international touring networks. ITE is a bespoke platform for Irish companies and artists to promote current shows or works-in-development with view to international touring and collaboration. Connections made at ITE in the past two years alone led to Irish work being presented in the UK, Hong Kong, Brisbane, Sydney, Paris, Reykjavik, Berlin and New York.

Venue: Wood Quay Date: Oct 4, 9.30am – 5pm For details and to register visit http://www.irishtheatreinstitute.ie Limited capacity, please book early.

Categories: Festivals, Free, Talks, Theatre

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