Theatres and acting in Dublin

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There are lots of affordable theatres for students around town. Dublin is a buzzing city for actors. You can find something worth a watch every single week!

For those of you who miss theatres and good plays, or simply fervent drama addicts, here is a review of the famous places where to go to see a play in Dublin City.

We fell in love with…

The GateTheatre credit photo psyberartist, flickr
The Gate Theatre credit photo psyberartist, flickr

The Gate Theatre. This famous theatre established in 1928 is located in the heart of Dublin City at the top of O’Connell Street. When you come into this theatre, you immediately realise that it is definitely as beautiful outside than inside. It is quite small which makes it cosi. The good news for representations addicts: there is no bad seat. And tickets are easily affordable. A bar is available for pre and interval drink with your friends and they will serve you cups of tea in lovely porcelain cups.

“I had the feeling of being on stage and participating in the play : it’s so warmhearted! The actors are very good” says with a smile on his lips Lea, 24 years old right after enjoying the play The Caretaker by Harold Pinter. “I am a big fan of Harold Pinter who I discovered in London 4 years ago with the awesome show Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre. I am happy to be able to afford this play as a student. The Gate Theatre is my favourite one in Dublin, staff is lovely, room is cosy, plays are funny!”

Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, goes to see his favourite plays there as well: all shows run in this theatre are meticulously chosen with taste and you can buy them online here.

If you are travelling from South Dublin, get the Green Luas Line to Stephens Green, alight there and a short taxi ride will bring you to them.Travelling from outside Dublin, you can get a train to Heuston Station, take the Red Luas Line from there and alight at Abbey Street. From here walk a brief walk to the top of O’Conell Street to the Gate Theatre.

Cavendish Row, Parnell Square, Dublin 1 – 018 744 045 – boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie

The best upcoming play not to miss in the Gate Theatre

Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” said Romeo… You got it, I am talking about the great and famous “Romeo and Juliet” By William Shakespeare. This rich heir who fell in love with a lady met in a masquerade is THE Shakespeare’s tragedy of teenage passions and civil strife which comes crashing across The Gate Theatre’s stage next spring.

Previews from Thursday 26th March – Opening Night Tuesday 31st March – Evening Shows Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm – Selected Matinees at 2.30pm – Tickets from €25 on sale now.

Here we go !

The Gaiety Theatre

The Gaiety Theatre credit photo Adelaide Fay

This old historic theatre in the heart of Dublin has a large repertoire of dramas, operas and musicals. The lovely theatre is known as the famed Dublin landmark.The bar area is very big and impressive. Even for people who might not be as able-bodied, the location and layout work perfectly. The staff deals very well with groups and families and they are very informative.

“Just saw Ross O’Carroll-KellysBreaking Dad’. The play was hilarious. I had a good craic with friends. The theatre is intimate and its style with its balconies and decor is very sophisticated. I’ll be back to see The Pillowman by Martin Mcdonagh late March! Can’t wait!” Ciaran is a masters student in Business in UCD and he often goes there with his friends.

South King Street, Dublin 2 – 08 187 19 388 – info@gaietytheatre.com – http://www.gaietytheatre.ie/

The best upcoming play not to miss in the Gaiety Theatre

~ One Night In Istanbul

This play has also a screen adaptation about the exploits of a group of Liverpool Football fans at the European Cup final in Istanbul. This movie has been released in September 2014 in Ireland. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of “that night” in Istanbul, Alterean Media is bringing Nicky Allt’s stage show to The Gaiety Theatre in Dublin for one special week in June 2015, from Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 6th June 2015. Show lasts 1 hr 40 mins plus interval. Prices from 25€. Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.ie, by calling 0818 719 388, or you can directly pick them at the Gaiety Theatre box office.

There are as well lots of other great theatres in Dublin town and around, such as The Project Arts Centre, The New Theatre, Smock Alley, The Civic Theatre (Tallaght), The Loose End (small theatre in the Civic Theatre), The Teacher’s Club, The Samuel Beckett Theatre, The Sean O’Casey Theatre, The Bord Gais, The Peacock theatre (smaller theatre in the Abbey)…

Where to act in Dublin ?

You, fellow students, are looking for ages for drama courses ? Or did you use to be a amateur actor/actress and want to find a new one in Dublin ? Or simply tempted to try ? I have THE solution !

First, as a student and part of a college, almost every college has its own drama society and lots of them are very active and take some of their shows touring.

UCD dramsoc is the student drama society of University College Dublin and it is known as being the most active student drama society in Ireland. Only registered students and staff of UCD can join Dramsoc but they stage on average two full productions per week, Monday-Friday, at 1pm and 7pm which are open to all audiences.

If you are French, or a French speaker (beginners accepted), go to the ‘Alliance Française’ where a troup is set and meets every Friday to act and do improvisations with a teacher. A show about ‘L’Amour à la Française’ (French love) runs on May the 21st! Don’t miss it!

1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 – 01 676 17 32 – info@alliance-francaise.ie

There is as great a drama/improvisation group called ‘No drama‘ and they run a weekly drama workshops. They are a Dublin-based amateur theatre group and they meet for workshops every Tuesday night in Synge street CBS at 6.45 pm. The first workshop is free and after that you can pay €10 for a drop in workshop or become a ‘No Drama Member’ by paying their membership fee of €25 per month, which entitles you to entry to the regular workshops every Tuesday, improvisation courses, various specialised workshops and other perks (over 18s).

Synge Street Cbs, Dublin City 8 – chairman@nodramatheatre.com

 The Abbey does workshops and summer course as well, part time ones for adults and talks.

Abbey Theatre Amharclann na Mainistreach – 26/27 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1 – 018 872 200

The Gaiety also hosts summer and part time courses.

South King Street, Dublin 2 – 081 871 93 88

Lots of other great theatres offer acting courses such as Itw (where acted Jack Gleeson from Game of Thrones!), Billy Barry kids (famous for kids where they do lots of musicals), or Lir (drama school attached to Trinity College).

See you soon on stage or next Jack Gleeson in Game of Thrones then!

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