Dublin Theatre Festival 2021

The 2021 instalment of the Dublin Theatre Festival launched its programme on 12th August, with more than 30 performances and audiences in venues around the capital. Priority booking for ‘friends’ of the festival opened at noon on August 11th, whereas general booking is set to open at noon on Tuesday, August 24th. The festival has also released its official trailer on all of its social media platforms, and can be viewed here.

As per tradition, the festival will celebrate local Irish artists along with numerous international theatre companies from across Europe, including the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France and Portugal. Additionally, the programme will see participation from Argentina as well. Due to the barriers caused by Covid-19, it will retain its digital elements throughout the duration of the festival, which is due to begin on 30th September to 17th October. Moreover, this year’s version of the programme will also include 21 world premieres.

Some of the highlighted works being featured in the festival is the final instalment in the opera trilogy by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh, The First Child, Marina Carr’s iGIRL and Once Before I Go by Philip McMahon. 

Additionally, inspired by true events, Stronger by Geoff Power “enthusiastically conveys the gripping story of Jan, a teacher who is sexually assaulted by her student.” According to the DTF website, [t]he award-winning theatre company Gúna Nua presents this tense new drama that deals with the emerging practice of Restorative Justice and the very human stories that it serves.

Lastly, socio-ecological issues feature in new Irish works: Root from Shanna May Breen and Luke Casserly, and visual installation and audio performance on the Liffey Quays from the Brokentalkers Theatre Company. 

To find out more about the 2021 Dublin Theatre Festival, please click here.

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