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A world premiere of a new play from Rosaleen McDonagh

Walls and Windows

Livestream Aug 27 – 28, 2021
7:30pm (Irish time)
On Demand Aug 29 – Sep 11, 2021

“Lads, when it comes to your time for pickin’ women, you’re not going to have my kind of luck. The best one is taken.”

All Julia and John want is to live their lives with their two sons, on their own terms. But despite their hopes, the outside world and its racism puts paid to their plans. A world premiere of a new play from Rosaleen McDonagh (playwright of Pretty Proud Boy, commissioned by Corrib Theatre), this tender, complex and beautiful love story examines how external circumstances pull us apart, when all we really want is to be together.

The Seagull

Thomas Kilroy’s The Seagull (after Chekhov)
Directed by Garry Hynes
On Demand Sept 5 – 12, 2021

Druid returns to Coole Park this August for a large-scale outdoor production of Thomas Kilroy’s The Seagull (after Chekhov), directed by Garry Hynes.

Exclusively for Galway International Arts Festival 2021, Druid will film this production and present it online for audiences all over the world to enjoy on demand in September.

Kilroy sets Chekhov’s play in a large country house in the West of Ireland which makes Coole Park in County Galway the perfect location for this new production.

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Irish premiere of a new play by Enda Walsh

Medicine

Live-stream Sept 15 – 18, 2021
8pm (Irish time)
On Demand Sept 20 – 26, 2021

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Medicine is a devastatingly funny and moving meditation on how, for decades, we have treated those we call mentally ill. It’s a dark and frequently absurdist work that shatters the boundary between cast and audience: actors are interrupted by crew members, technical mechanics happen on stage, and performance becomes a kind of therapy. The audience’s laughter becomes complicit in the creation of a surreal universe that shifts abruptly into moments of emotional poignancy.

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Filmed at The Everyman Cork

How It Is

by Samuel Beckett
Streaming Oct 1 – 3, 2021
On Demand Oct 4 – 7, 2021

Ireland’s preeminent Becketeers, Gare St Lazare Ireland make a welcome return to Dublin Theatre Festival with the world premiere of all three parts of Beckett’s towering novel, How It Is, reimagined for film.

How It Is charts a journey undertaken by turns alone and accompanied. Time and space are fragmented and juxtaposed in one of the most eloquent and exquisite texts in the Beckett canon, continuing the company’s critically acclaimed and award-winning exploration and illumination of Beckett’s prose texts.

In association with Trafalgar Theatre Productions

On Blueberry Hill

by Sebastian Barry
Live-stream Nov 1 – 7, 2021

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In Barry’s beautiful style, On Blueberry Hill features best of friends and worst of enemies Christy (Niall Buggy) and PJ (David Ganly), who are destined to share their lives for twenty years. As the two men reflect on the hope and torment of life outside — they slowly uncover the events that have led them to their world with explosive, bittersweet consequences.

Sebastian Barry wrote Tales of Ballycumber, which Corrib Theatre had a reading of in 2014.

In partnership with ESB Presents

Tiny Plays for a Brighter Future

Three Tiny Plays, consisting of just 600 words, have been produced as part of the Tiny Plays for a Brighter Future challenge, a partnership between ESB and Fishamble: The New Play Company.
 
The challenge invited writers to imagine what a brighter energy future means to them, and to capture that in a 600-word play. Over 350 submissions were received, and the shortlisted plays were selected by an independent panel of judges.