Performance / 28-01 January 2020


Tickets: €16-18
Show Time: 7.30 pm

In the wake of a violent outburst by a young person, the staff at a youth service in Dublin are attempting to move on. But healing is hard when you’re on the floor and out the door. Healing is hard when your wounds are still raw…

Made in consultation with youth workers from the north inner-city, Restoration is a new play from the award-winning Shaun Dunne (Rapids, Making a Mark) directed by Darren Thornton (A Date for Mad Mary), exploring the politics of restorative practice and youth work in Ireland.


Written by Shaun Dunne
Directed by Darren Thornton
Produced by Killian Coyle
Set Design by Sabine D’Argent
Light Design by Sarah Jane Shiels
Sound Design by Jennifer O’Malley
Costume Design by Sarah Foley
Movement Direction by Emma O’Kane
Dramaturgy by Deirdre O’Halloran
Stage Management by Rachael Kivlehan
Production Management by Éanna Whelan

LEANNE — Kate Stanley Brennan
DEAN — John Cronin
TONY — Barry John O’Connor
NICOLE — Shauna Higgins
PAUL — Callan Cummins


“A surprising and striking piece of work that pushes the documentary form a bit further, and challenges our expectation of it.”
The First was a Boy by Shaun Dunne (2019), Cork Film Festival Cork Film Festival 

★★★★ “Rapids builds a skilful, shocking picture of how such shame persists in isolation, how stigmas are maintained by silence and how invisibility perpetuates the problem.”
“a work as involving and compassionate as Rapids could the beginning of an antidote” The Irish Times on Rapids by Shaun Dunne (2018), National Tour

★★★★ “…the emotional payload is certainly robust enough to make an audience question its own behaviour long after the lights have come up.”
The Irish Times on Advocacy by Shaun Dunne (2015), Project Arts Centre

★★★★ “…a promising theatrical display, combining harsh realism with the odd metaphorical marvel.”
The Herald on The Waste Ground Party by Shaun Dunne (2014), The Abbey Theatre

Making A Mark (2019), Project Arts Centre
Dublin Fringe Festival Judge’s Choice Award

The First was a Boy (2019), Dublin Film Festival
Official Selection, Judge’s Special Mention for Irish Short

The First was a Boy (2019), Cork Film Festival
Official Selection, Honourable Mention, Grand Prix Documentary Short Award

Advocacy (2015), Project Arts Centre
Dublin Fringe Festival Best Ensemble Award
Dublin Fringe Festival Best Performer Award

Death of the Tradesmen (2014), Project Arts Centre
Fishamble New Writing Award
The Lír Inaugural Revival Award



Supported by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Mermaid Arts Centre. Shaun Dunne is part of Six In The Attic, an Irish Theatre Institute artist development programme and is a resident artist at Project Arts Centre.


Ages 16+

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