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Dublin Oldschool

Emmet Kirwan’s five-star spoken word odyssey about brothers, Dublin and dance music

Join Jason, a wannabe DJ on a chemically enhanced trip through the streets of Dublin as he stumbles from one misguided misadventure to another. Somewhere between the DJs, decks, drug busts and hilltop raves, he stumbles across a familiar face from the past, his brother Daniel.

Daniel is an educated, homeless addict, living on the streets of Dublin. The brothers haven’t seen or spoken to each other in three years but over a lost weekend they reconnect and reminisce over tunes, trips, their history and their city.

Two brothers living on the edge, perhaps they have more in common than they think, but how long can this buzz last?

Dark comedy, family drama and spoken word odyssey, Dublin Oldschool snaps, crackles, raps and rhymes, with high octane performances by Emmet Kirwan (Sarah & Steve) and Ian Lloyd Anderson (LOVE/HATE), directed by Phillip McMahon.

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Dublin Oldschool - Theatre at Project Arts Centre, Dublin

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Dublin Oldschool - Theatre at Project Arts Centre, Dublin

REVIEWS AND ACCOLADES

★★★★★
“Exceptional acting squared with exceptional writing […] unmissable”
SUNDAY TIMES

★★★★★
“Volcanic vortex of verbal dexterity”
EDINBURGH REPORTER

★★★★★
“Kirwan’s late night trip through the city makes for incredible theatre”
EVENING HERALD

★★★★★
“the makings of a modern classic – never to be missed”
THE ARTS REVIEW

★★★★
“It’s as a great onrush of sometimes laugh-out-loud verbal virtuosity that Emmet Kirwan’s very talented two-hander bowls you over”
THE INDEPENDENT

★★★★
“tour de force”
THE STAGE

★★★★
“a kind of drug-ravaged Ulysses or an Irish Trainspotting
WHAT’S ON STAGE

★★★★
“Part urban portrait, part family snapshot and part gratuitous headrush, it’s […] exhilarating”
THE IRISH TIMES

★★★★
“This Irish import is one of the slickest plays on the Fringe”
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

 

WINNER: Writer Emmet Kirwan – Stewart Parker Trust New Playwright Bursary 2014

WINNERS: Performers Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson – Best Performer Award, Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014

Emmet Kirwan in Dublin Oldschool at Project Arts Centre

PRODUCTION DETAILS

Writer: Emmet Kirwan
Director: Phillip McMahon
Cast: Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson
Lighting Designer: Sarah Jane Shiels
Sound Designer: Ivan Birthistle

Running time: 65 min
Suitable for ages 14+
Please note that this production contains strobe lighting, strong language and adult content

BOOKING INFO FOR PRESENTERS

If you would like to book Dublin Oldschool for your venue or festival, please contact:
Cian O’Brien (Executive Producer, Dublin Oldschool and Artistic Director, Project Arts Centre)

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The Edinburgh Fringe 2016 tour and the 2017 run at the National Theatre London were co-presented by Soho Theatre and supported by Culture Ireland.

This work was developed as part of Show in a Bag (2014), an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute.

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