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Inspired by the revolutionary ideals of our founders and our rich canon of Irish dramatic writing, our mission is to imaginatively engage with all of Irish society through the production of ambitious, courageous and new theatre in all its forms. We commit to lead in the telling of the whole Irish story, in English and in Irish, and we affirm that the Abbey is a theatre for the entire island of Ireland and for all its people. In every endeavour, we promote inclusiveness, diversity and equality.

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Inspired by the revolutionary ideals of our founders and our rich canon of Irish dramatic writing, our mission is to imaginatively engage with all of Irish society through the production of ambitious, courageous and new theatre in all its forms. We commit to lead in the telling of the whole Irish story, in English and in Irish, and we affirm that the Abbey is a theatre for the entire island of Ireland and for all its people. In every endeavour, we promote inclusiveness, diversity and equality.

    Faith Healer Audio Described Programme Notes

    Faith Healer Audio Described Programme Notes

    Programme notes for the audio described performance of Faith Healer by Brian Friel.

    • 9 min
    The Pentagonal Dream Under Snow by Sebastian Barry

    The Pentagonal Dream Under Snow by Sebastian Barry

    The Pentagonal Dream Under Snow a single figure speaks with five separate male voices. The voices do not talk directly to one another and appear to be different people, but each is a strand of the whole man. Each voice tries to explain, justify and in the end, understand. The voices can be identified by their order of appearance: Father, Murderer, Storyteller, Fetishist and Messiah/Anti-Christ.

    The Pentagonal Dream Under Snow by Sebastian Barry, created in collaboration with Olwen Fouéré, Roger Doyle and David Heap.

    Creators: Sebastian Barry and Operating Theatre
    Writer: Sebastian Barry
    Composer: Roger Doyle
    Performer: Olwen Fouéré
    Director: David Heap
    Unseen Plays Curator: Professor Christopher Morash
    Audio Recording: Windmill Lane Recording Studios

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    More info: www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats-on/unseen-plays/

    • 2 hrs 12 min
    The Long Christmas Dinner Audio Description

    The Long Christmas Dinner Audio Description

    Programme notes for the audio described on-demand performance of The Long Christmas Dinner by Thornton Wilder.

    • 10 min
    Did You Hear the One About the Irishman? by Christina Reid

    Did You Hear the One About the Irishman? by Christina Reid

    Did You Hear the One About the Irishman? is a painful love story divided by sectarianism, and punctuated by the tasteless racist jokes of an anti-Irish comedian. Allison’s family don’t want her to marry Brian, a Catholic whose brother is serving a life sentence for terrorist offences. Brian’s family don’t want him to marry Allison, as she is a Protestant, and the niece of a Unionist politician.

    The play parallels scenes of their two families, doubling characters to bring together two groups so impossibly divided. Allison and Brian’s brilliant optimistic hope that they will rise above the feud becomes heart-breaking as the play shows that the perpetuation of conflict is more powerful than either of them.

    Cast:
    Ruby Campbell
    Desmond Eastwood
    Andrea Irvine
    Aonghus Óg McAnally
    Eleanor Methven
    Conor O'Donnell
    Barry Simpson
    Dan Gordon
    Jolene O'Hara
    Director: Emma Jordan
    Unseen Plays Curator: Professor Christopher Morash
    Audio Recording: Windmill Lane Recording Studios
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    More info: www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats-on/unseen-plays/

    • 1 hr
    An Triail by Máiréad Ní Ghráda

    An Triail by Máiréad Ní Ghráda

    An Triail is set in Ireland during the 1960s and deals with the pregnancy, and subsequent single motherhood, of a young woman, Máire Ní Chathasaigh. She is shunned by her family after becoming impregnated by Pádraig, a married man and a teacher in the local school, and must leave her parish and move to Dublin to find work to support herself and her child.

    Here she is once again marginalised, first for being a single pregnant woman and then for being a single mother. After her accommodation collapses around her child, she moves into a brothel with a prostitute named Mailí who took pity on her. An encounter with the child's father, where he further rejects her and his child, only serves to make matters worse and the girl takes her own life, as well as that of her child, by natural gas inhalation from her oven.

    Cast:
    Orlaith Ní Chearra
    Eoin O Dubhghaill
    Mícheál Ó Dubhgháill
    Garrett Keogh
    Caitríona Ní Chonaola
    Caitríona Ní Dhomnaill
    Michelle Beamish
    Eoin Geoghegan
    Hilary Bowen
    Peadar Cox
    Edward Murphy
    Hannah O'Reilly
    Neasa Ní Chuanaigh
    Director: Darach Ó Tuairisg
    Unseen Plays Curator: Professor Christopher Morash
    Audio Recording: Windmill Lane Recording Studios
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    More info: www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats-on/unseen-plays/

    • 1 hr 55 min
    The Evidence I Shall Give by Richard Johnson

    The Evidence I Shall Give by Richard Johnson

    Set in the district court of Barrabeg, Co. Kerry, a judge presides over the case of a 13-year-old girl about to be sent to an Industrial School. A humane solicitor argues that young children need “kissing and caressing”, while the Mother Superior of the orphanage, where the girl grew up, says they need harsh discipline in order to learn “humility”. The play ends with the girl taking off her scarf to show her shaved head, a punishment for absconding from the orphanage.

    Cast
    Deirdre Donnelly 
    Philip O'Sullivan 
    Kate Gilmore 
    Luke Griffin 
    David Herlihy 
    Jane Brennan 
    Jonathan White 
    Amilia Stewart-Keating 
    Peter Coonan 
    Katie McCann 
    Mark Lambert 
    Director: Conall Morrison 
    Unseen Plays Curator: Professor Christopher Morash
    Audio Recording: Windmill Lane Recording Studios
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    Instagram - @ AbbeyTheatreDublin
    Twitter - @ AbbeyTheatre
    More info: www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats-on/unseen-plays/

    • 2 hrs 15 min

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