Travel Ireland Magazine’s April Theatre Guide

Mermaid Arts Centre

Slap and Tickle by Liz Aggiss

Conceived, written, choreographed and performed by Liz Aggiss, Slap and Tickle is an award winning, dark and ribald physical commentary on cultural mores and sexual taboos. A disorientating display of interpretations and contradictions about women, girls, mothers, and senior citizens, the work beats a path through the personal and historical. Described as a ‘feminist soup’, Slap and Tickle moves from spoken word to expressionist movement, from music hall to radio nostalgia, from costume change to prop manipulation.

Dates: Apr 18

Tel: 01 272 4030 or visit

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

War Horse

Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse recounts the experiences of Joey, a horse purchased by the Army for service in World War I France and the attempts of young Albert, his previous owner, to bring him safely home. Featuring astonishing puppet work to depict its central character, the Tony-winning theatre adaptation has been seen in 10 countries by over 7 million. For more details, see page 8.

Dates: Apr 10 – 27

Tel: 01 677 7999 or visit 

The Abbey Theatre

In Our Veins by Lee Coffey

Life-long Dublin docker Patrick has passed away surrounded by his beloved wife Esther, his son and his grandchildren. As they remember his life, Esther recounts a tale they are yet to hear. A new play, In Our Veins follows its central family through 100 years of the Irish capital, from the notorious madams of the Monto to love in the dark tenements.

Dates: April 10 – 20

Tel: 01 887 2200 or visit

Also at the Abbey this month: Dublin Will Show You How Apr 4 – 6, Ulster American Apr 9 – 20, It was easy (in the end) Apr 26 – May 4, Trad Apr 30 – May 11

The Gate Theatre

Beginning by David Eldridge

Set in the aftermath of a housewarming party, Beginning takes place in real time as the lonely host and a divorced friend of a friend flirt while bonding over their isolation. Staring Eileen Walsh (Catastrophe, Women on the Verge) and Marty Rea (Citizen Lane), this two-hander has been described as the perfect anti-romance for 21st century life, focusing on single people dealing with the challenges of connecting and sharing.

Dates: Mar 28 – Apr 20

Tel 01 874 4045 or visit

Also at the Gate this month: The Glass Menagerie Apr 25 – Jun 1

The Olympia Theatre

Rhythm of the Dance

An exciting two-hour trip through hundreds of years of Irish dance and music, this event features 22 award-winning dancers and 25 dazzling costume changes. Experience flailing fiddles, flutes, inspiring dances and live vocalists, all complimented with a sensational sound and light show. Organisers say worldwide toes are tapping and hands are clapping to the feet of Rhythm of the Dance.

Dates: Apr 6

Tel: 01 679 3323 or visit

The Gaiety Theatre

Stones in his Pockets by Marie Jones

A small village in rural Ireland is turned upside down when a major Hollywood film studio descends to make a historical blockbuster on location. The story is told through the eyes of Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, employed as extras along with numerous other locals. As cultures clash, it becomes clear that Tinseltown’s romanticised dream of Ireland is a long, long way from reality.

Dates: Apr 8 – 13

Also at the Gaiety this month: Menopause: The Musical Apr 1 – 6, The Verdict Apr 16 – 20, Light a Penny Candle Apr 23 – May 4

Tel: 0818 719 388 or visit

Smock Alley Theatre

Spotless by Gary Duggan (pictured)

This darkly humorous and gripping suburban thriller focuses on forty-something Genevieve – who has downsized from an affluent suburb and struggles with life in her new home backing onto a grim block of flats – and Jenny – a leaving cert student who lives in the flats and wants a way out. When these two very different people become entangled with a mysterious young man, neither woman’s life will ever be the same again.

Dates: Apr 22 – 27

Tel 01 677 0014 or visit

Also at Smock Alley this month: 48 Apr 8 – 13, The Seamster’s Daughter Apr 15 – May 4

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