Five Shows Not To Be Missed In Smock Alley Theatre

Five Shows Not to Be Missed In Smock Alley

From now until 6 April, all GirlCrew members can save 10% on the majority of Smock Alley shows! Just let them know you’re a member when booking. If you’re a GirlCrew Premium member, you can save on shows for the whole of 2017! Check your discount directory for details.

We absolutely love Smock Alley Theatre. Nestled on the quays this little gem boasts several spaces that are perfect for events and functions alike. During my time here in Dublin I’ve gone to everything from plays, to markets, to award ceremonies, in the various spaces and they never fail to impress. Above all else though, the best thing about this theatre is the range of shows they put on – you can find the full list here. But we’ve picked five that we are most excited by.

Five Shows Not to Be Missed In Smock Alley Theatre

Brontë by Polly Teale

Bronte by Polly Teale courtesy Smock Alley

So, full disclosure I’ve tickets to the (now sold out) preview and I’m psyched! Written in 2005, this play sets out to answer three seemingly simple questions. How did it happen? How was it possible? How could three Victorian spinsters have written some of the most powerful and romantic fiction of all time? In an attempt to escape the world around them the sisters let their imaginations run wild. But this is in stark contrast to their isolated lives. To the outside world their lives were dull, rigid, and stifling. Yet this clash has led to some of the most enduring and exciting writing in literary fiction. If you’re a fan of Brontë’s or intrigued by escapism and mystery this play will be right up your street.

6-11th March  Tickets: €15/€12 conc – book here

Herstory Hootenanny


“From ancient goddesses to contemporary mavericks, discover the lost life stories of extraordinary women from Ireland and around the world.”

Ok, so we are a little biased on this one but it does look great! In case you don’t know them, Herstory are a new movement that aims to tell the stories of the forgotten females heroes in Ireland.  To celebrate IWD they are bringing together an unforgettable showcase of speakers, comedy, poetry, music and much more. Acts on the night will include  Women are Boring, Amy De Bhrún, CandleLit Tales, Carina Fitzpatrick, Anna Carey, and Fatin Al Tamini. With more surprises to be announced you can expect to be surprised and delighted.

International Women’s Day 8th March Tickets: €22 – book here


Vampirella via Smock Alley


This sounds epic. Not only is it a collaboration between the Royal Irish Academy of Music and The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin, but it’s also the world premiere. On top of that, it’s based on Angela Carter’s story and the opera is composed by Siobhán Cleary. Talk about brilliance. Set in 1914 this dark tale follows Hero, a virgin English soldier, who dices with fate in the Carpathian Mountains. If all things vampryic get your blood racing, we suggest booking your tickets asap.

21,23-25th March Tickets: €20/€15 conc (Preview: €18/€12 conc) – book here

Little Hours

Little Hours via Smock Alley


If you’re too squeamish for vampires, perhaps some music might soothe your soul. Raised only a stones throw away in Killybegs John Doherty & Ryan McClosky have taken the Irish music scene by storm. This duo is well-known for pared back songs that mix gorgeous melodies and emotive lyrics. You might have heard ‘Water’ on the radio, if not, check it out here. These guys are definitely on the up, and in the surrounds of Smock Alley this gig will be talked about for a long time to come.

2nd April Tickets €15 – book here

The New Irish Playbook

Little Shadow Theatre Company logo

For the culture vultures among you, this is perfect. Little Shadow Theatre Company are bringing together some of leading new talents for a single showcase. With writers like Joe O’Neill, Alice Kinsella, and Hugh Hick in the mix, and directors such Rachel Bergin and Eoin Wickham this collection is bursting with talent. It’s also the ideal way to scout out some new faves to keep an eye out for in future.

15-20th May Tickets €15/€12 conc.- book here

So there you have it, our pick of five show not to be missed in Smock Alley Theatre. Don’t forget, if you’re a member of GirlCrew Dublin Premium you also get an exclusive discount on certain shows – check your discount directory for details!

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