Dublin Youth Theatre / Fundraiser / Theatre / 17-20 August 2022

The Spanish Tragedy

Tickets: €12/15/20
Support Dublin Youth Theatre and book a ticket to the Special Opening Night Fundraiser on Thursday 18th August! 

Preview Performance: Wednesday 17 Aug, 7:30pm

ISL interpreted performance: Friday 19 Aug, 7:30pm
Relaxed Performance: Saturday 20 August, 1pm

To view or download the Relaxed Performance Pack, click here.

Contain mature themes, violence and suicide. Suitable for audiences 14+.

Show Time: 7:30pm, 1pm Matinée (Duration 2hrs 30mins including Interval)

Witness Thomas Kyd’s classic revenge tragedy, brought to the Project Arts Centre stage in a bold contemporary production by Dublin Youth Theatre, directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks.

Against a backdrop of warring kingdoms, two young lovers dare to steal a secret moment of forbidden tenderness. But when the murderous jealousy and ambition of powerful enemies leads to devastating violence, a grieving father is left to fight for justice for his murdered son.

Written in the late 16th century, Kyd’s play asks troubling questions that still ring true today: What is the value of justice in a system that seems designed only to protect the powerful and wealthy? What is the life of an individual worth compared to the fate of nations? And if justice is denied, is revenge the only alternative…and at what cost?

The Spanish Tragedy : Special Fundraising Opening Night

Celebrate Dublin Youth Theatre’s 45th birthday with a special fundraising Opening Night of Thomas Kyd’s classic revenge tragedy, The Spanish Tragedy, brought to the Project Arts Centre stage in a bold contemporary production by Dublin Youth Theatre, directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks.

With a dress to impress dress code, and a post-show discussion with dramaturg Dr Tanya Dean, a ticket to our Opening Night will be a night to remember and will support Dublin Youth Theatre’s programmes that focus on the personal, social and artistic development of youth people in Dublin through the medium of theatre.

↓ Opening Night Tickets ↓

€15 (concession): includes €3 donation to support biscuits for DYT social time
€20 (concession): includes €5 donation to support materials for DYT Outreach Programme
€30: includes a €10 donation to support printing for the DYT Writers Group
€40: includes €20 donation to support props for DYT Members’ One Act Festival
€50: includes €30 donation to support a ticket for DYT Young Critics Programme
€70: includes €50 donation to support 1/2 year DYT membership fee
€120: includes €100 donation to support 1 full year DYT membership


Friday 19 Aug, 7:30pm: ISL interpreted performance
Saturday 20 August, 1pm: Relaxed Performance

To view or download the Relaxed Performance Pack, click here.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at access@projectartscentre.ie or call 01 8819 613. You can find the latest information about Project’s accessibility here.


By Thomas Kyd
Director: Aoife Spillane-Hinks
Assistant Director: Luka Costello
Dramaturg: Tanya Dean
Fight Director: Jonathan East
Set Design: Alan Farquarson
Costume Design: Katherine Michael
Movement Director: Libby Seward
Sound Design: Fiona Sheil
Lighting Design: Sarah Jane Shiels
Production Manager: Grace Donnery
Stage Manager: Sarah Wiley
Producer: Sarah Bragg-Bolger


Dublin Youth Theatre: Since our foundation in 1977 by educational psychologist Paddy O’Dwyer, Dublin Youth Theatre (DYT) has forged a unique contribution to the worlds of theatre and youth work, consistently breaking new ground in youth theatre. Always progressive, a little radical, and always forward thinking, we provide a space for young people to have a voice. At DYT, our focus and drive is the personal, social and artistic development of young people in Dublin, through the medium of theatre.

Aoife Spillane-Hinks is an opera and theatre director and dramaturg based in Dublin. Directing credits include Julius Caesar (TU Dublin Conservatoire); King Arthur by Henry Purcell (Royal Irish Academy of Music); A Thing I Cannot Name and 20 Shots of Opera (Irish National Opera); Holy Mary by Eoin Colfer (National Tour/Breda Cashe Productions); Spotless, Collected Stories and The Yellow Wallpaper (Then This Theatre); The 24 Hour Plays: Dublin (Abbey Theatre); Hamlet (Second Age); Boston Marriage (Gate Theatre/Dublin Theatre Festival); Sharon’s Grave, Waiting for Godot, and Our Class (PICT Classic Theatre, Pittsburgh, USA). She is the founder and lead artist of the Pop-Up Literary Department at axis:Ballymun. She trained as a director on the Rough Magic SEEDS programme. She holds a BA in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University and an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies from NUI Galway. She has taught directing in NUI Galway’s MA programme and acting at the Lir Academy, the Gaiety School of Acting, and the Conservatoire at TU Dublin. She is the co-founder of Then This Theatre.

Luka Costello is a performer and theatremaker from Dublin. She is an alumni of Dublin Youth Theatre, having been a part of multiple productions including The Sleepwalkers (2019) and The Comedy of Errors (2018). In 2019, she graduated from Theatre Performance Studies at Inchicore College of Further Education, and was awarded distinctions in ATCL Speech and Drama from Trinity College London. Luka is one of the Axis Assemble Artists of 2022.

Dr Tanya Dean has worked extensively as a freelance dramaturg in Ireland, UK, USA, and Iceland. She received her Doctor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama. Tanya is Script Associate for the Abbey Theatre, and Programme Chair for the B.A. (Hons) in Drama (Performance) in the Conservatoire of the Technological University Dublin.

Libby Seward is a dance artist, choreographer, movement director, collaborator and mentor. She holds a Masters in Dance and is a Laban graduate. She is the movement tutor on the Gaiety School of Acting’s professional actor-training course. Libby is a qualified Feldenkrais practitioner. Movement directing credits for Opera and Theatre include Madama Butterfly for Irish National Opera; Vagabones for Opera Theatre Company; King Arthur, King Arthur, La finta giardiniera and Ormindo for RIAM; La bohème and Monteverdi’s Orfeo for Opera Theatre Company; Eric Sweeney’s The Invader for Theatre Royal Productions, Waterford; Re-imagining Beckett with Ben Barnes for Imagine Arts Festival; Noël with Eoin Colfer; Dreamland for Jim Nolan.

Fiona Sheil is a Sound designer and Composer. Collaborations with Catherine Young Dance include State of Exception, Ultima Thule , The Choreography Project, The river will still run to the sea for Mind your step, Welcoming the stranger as part of The Casement Project 2016 & Floating on a Dead Sea- Dublin Dance Festival 2022. Other design includes All the angels- Rough Magic, Luck Just Kissed You Hello- by Amy Conroy, Directed by Wayne Jordan- The Abbey Theatre/Peacock -2022. WHALE by John McCarthy- Cork Opera House/Cork Midsummer Festival 2022. Holy Mary by Eoin Coilfer, Madhouse by Una McKevitt & PJ Gallagher DFF/Abbey theatre, Anatomy of a suicide Director Tom Creed. Sound design for Aideen Barry- as part of her large scale exhibition By Slight Ligaments- Limerick city Gallery 2022. She was chosen for The Centre Stage project 2020/21, run by Theatre Forum, with La Escuela Pública de Formación Cultural (Spain), & Kultur i Väst (Sweden). She graduated with a Masters in Experimental Sound from UCC in 2020. Fiona was nominated for The Hearsay audio prize 2021.


Supported by the Arts Council, City of Dublin Youth Services Board and Dublin City Council Arts Office.

Project Arts Centre is proudly supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.


Contain mature themes, violence and suicide. Suitable for audiences 14+.

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