Project Arts Centre presents



Dates: 05 Feb - 08 Feb

Show Time: 8pm & 11pm

Tickets: €7-15


By TEAM Educational Theatre Company

The Irish language is on life-support, and so too is its greatest scholar in this bilingual play that forces you to imagine a world without sláinte, or any remotely similar word…

A cynical scholar’s son who hates the futility of his father’s life collecting vanishing words like endangered butterflies gives a lecture in a language that he love-hates, to an audience that hardly understands. What he doesn’t expect to encounter is a vibrant young Born-Again cailín Gaeilgeoir who finds meaning in her life through Irish. Could words hold cures like rare Amazonian orchids? This boy and girl slug it out, trading bilingual insults, revealing transvestite words, exploring the hypocrisies and secret beauty of Irish – and experiencing the liberation that comes from coining new terms for old things.Focal Point is a powerful exploration of a language that might be dying, a battle of wills between two passionate people, involving dictionary destruction, snogging revelations, the voice of Seán Ó Ríordán and the essence of words captured in a candle – a fluid melding of Irish and English. Even if you don’t speak a focal, it will re-engage your passion for Ireland’s mother tongue…

TEAM Educational Theatre Company is Ireland’s longest established theatre in education company and has earned national acclaim over the last 33 years working within the prmary and post-primary system, serving up to 140 schools in the state every year.For more information click here, or visit

Performance Dates, Tickets and Information

Preview 4 Feb ~ Tickets €12/€10/€7 (Schools)

5 – 8 Feb ~ Tickets €15/€12/€7 (Schools)

Matinees 7 & 8 Feb, 11am ~ Tickets €12/€10/€7 (Schools)

In-school performance/workshops booking now for 18 February – 15 March 2013. Suitable for senior cycle post-primary students (4th – 6th year). Contact Eimear Morrissey at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BOOKING: (+353 1) 881 9613

Group discounts available in advance only, ask to speak to Melanie or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Mon-Fri during office hours)

Our seating is unreserved so you will choose your seat on the night of the performance. We advise you to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time as we are unable to seat patrons once a performance has begun.

Before the show, why not…?
…have a look around our gallery. During exhibitions our gallery is open Mon-Sat from 11AM until the performance begins….

…or catch up with your friends by having a drink in our bar. We offer a full bar service so if you just can’t wait to talk about the show join us afterwards for another.

Parking Offer
Present your Project Art Centre ticket (evening performances only) at the Fleet Street Car Park and you will qualify for a special fixed price of just €5. Ask at box office for more information.

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Production Credits

Directed by Mikel Murfi
Written by Manchán Magan
Cast includes Dónall Ó Héalaí, Jody O’Neill
Set & Costume Design by Sabine Dargent

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