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Date:2018-03-23

Active Archive - Slow Institution

Gallery

Exhibitions/ 31 Aug - 22 Dec

€0.00 (Admission Free)

The gallery will be transformed into a research-archive-work-meeting space and a study of the documents and archives that uncover the history of one of Ireland’s oldest public art institutions.

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Dublin Fringe Festival 2018

Theatre/ 08 Sep - 23 Sep

Free Admission

Early announcement shows on sale now!

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Running + Walking in the Phoenix Park by Martin Sharry

Cube

Theatre/ 12 Sep - 22 Sep

€12

A man is running for his life. Running helps the brain to regenerate. Over time, he forgets himself. He grows more interested in the trees, the history, the life of the park. A conversation with a hor

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Trial of the Centurys by The Mess Around & Popical Island

Cube

Theatre/ 17 Sep - 22 Sep

€15 - €13

Fun-loving popstar twins Trevor and Elliot Century (AKA 'Trelliot') are more accustomed to talent show judges than those of the legal variety. Alas, after being served a summons by a dodgy merch sales

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My Dad's Blind by Anna Sheils-McNamee

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 18 Sep - 22 Sep

€16 - €14

Inspired by raw audio recordings, this is a true story about Anna's blind Dad. Examining misplaced pity in all its guises, this is an irreverent look at what happens when a parent loses his sight whil

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Seahorse by Christiane O'Mahony & For the Birds

Cube

Theatre/ 18 Sep - 22 Sep

€15 - €13

At 35, Mara is an overqualified underachiever. She works part time in an aquarium, eats ice-cream for breakfast and likes ticking 'single' on forms. A surreal underwater experience about trying to be

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Drip Feed by Karen Cogan

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 19 Sep - 22 Sep

€16 - €14

Shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s biennial Verity Bargate Award comes this blistering new play from Stewart Parker Trust Award winner Karen Cogan, a fast, infectiously dark comedy about the messiness o

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Culture Night 2018

Gallery

Exhibitions/ Special Event/ 21 Sep

€0.00 (Admission Free)

Join us this Culture to explore part of our 1990s archive, and bring your stories, memories and materials of Project Arts Centre to add to the collection.

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Dublin Theatre Festival 2018

Theatre/ 27 Sep - 14 Oct

Free Admission

Dublin theatre Festival is back. Enjoy 18 wonderful days of world-class Irish and international theatre this autumn right across Ireland's capital city.

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Fantasia

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 28 Sep - 29 Sep

€25-30

Fantasia deals with the subject of imagination and theatre as a place where the world of fiction is born. How does this unique agreement between the audience and artists arise, allowing actors to crea

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Mining Stories

Cube

Theatre/ 28 Sep - 30 Sep

€20-25

On the 5th of November 2015, a dam containing toxic mining waste collapsed in the mountains of the Brazilian mining region of Minas Gerais. Mining Stories is not a detective story or a reconstruction

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NASSIM

Cube

Theatre/ 02 Oct - 07 Oct

€20-25

Winner of a Scotsman Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Fringe 2017, From Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour comes an audacious new theatrical experiment. Each night a different performer joins the p

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Company

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 03 Oct - 07 Oct

€15-25

Opening with this tantalising directive, Samuel Beckett’s Company reads almost as an experiment into the notion of being itself. This is an intensely moving and lyrical work, which interrogates the

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Couched - Durational Sculptural Work (2018)

Gallery

04 Oct - 22 Dec

€0.00 (Admission Free)

In this new performative commission Christopher Mahon further develops his most recent sculptural experiments using his family couch. The piece of furniture was designed by his father in 1988 and has

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In Development: Before by Pat Kinevane

Soace Upstairs

Theatre/ 05 Oct

€0.00

From the Olivier Award-winning team of writer/ performer Pat Kinevane, director Jim Culleton and composer Denis Clohessy. Following the huge international success of Fishamble’s trilogy — Forgotte

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In Development: Dance Plague

Cube

Theatre/ 06 Oct

€0.00

From Collapsing Horse, Dance Plague is about bodies, autonomy, rebellion, wildness, animalistic abandon, losing yourself and losing self consciousness. It’s about music and the brain, it’s about t

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In Development: The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Tóibín

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 06 Oct

€0.00

A new adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s piercing novel about broken family, making a family of your own and the cost of caring for each other. It’s 90s Ireland and AIDS is still a life sentence. A sis

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Youth Theatre Ireland Young Critics’ Panel

Cube

Talks and Readings/ 07 Oct

€0.00

The Young Critics are back. Get a different perspective on this year’s festival programme as 16 young people from across Ireland share their critical response in a session chaired by Dr. Karen Frick

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The End of Eddy

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 09 Oct - 13 Oct

€15-25

Born into poverty in an isolated village in rural France, a boy grows up amongst hard men and women living hard and violent lives. Bullied relentlessly for being gay, this is the story of Eddy’s str

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Klosterhof

Cube

Theatre/ 09 Oct - 13 Oct

€20-25

Inviting you on a virtual trip through time, the starting point for which is the imagined opening of a time capsule found in 2109. The capsule contains a collection of stories documenting its creators

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Blast: International Critics’ Forum 2018

Talks and Readings/ 10 Oct

€0.00

The space for engaging with performance is shrinking fast. Critical coverage is disappearing, star ratings just won’t cut it, and online sharing is simply a speedy and cost effective way of talking

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My Name is Language

DCC Civic Offices

Performance/ 13 Oct - 14 Oct

€14-15

A performative work by Dutch artist Nicoline van Harskamp on the topic of names: how they can be given as well as withdrawn, inflicted, collected, hidden or adapted. Can a name be translated into a di

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In Development: The Devlin Project

Cube

Theatre/ 13 Oct

€0.00

A multimedia exploration of how civil rights agitation turned to militancy in the late sixties— the era when the revolution was actually televised. Two women, Irish and African American—modelled o

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Process | Event

Cube

Film/ 30 Oct - 04 Dec

€6-8

A unique series of artist-led discursive screening events featuring Jenny Brady, Sarah Browne, Dennis McNulty and Tadhg O'Sullivan presented by aemi, an agency dedicated to the support and exhibition

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Recovery

Cube

Theatre/ 08 Nov - 10 Nov

€14-16

Peter Coonan (Love/Hate) and Maud Lee (Maud in Cahoots) star in this live staging of a concept pop album combining twelve original pop-styled songs with contemporary choreography to paint a moving por

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The Bystander

Space Upstairs

Dance/ 09 Nov - 10 Nov

€18-20

What makes us help someone and what makes us simply stand by? An intriguing and adventurous production by multi-award winning dance theatre innovators, Junk Ensemble. Inspired by the ‘bystander effe

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PANNED

Cube

Theatre/ 12 Nov - 17 Nov

€14-18

This fast paced, comic and unsettling one-man adventure sees our Lost Boy pulled apart by the voices inside his head. As Seán goes through the motions of a night out in town, what he says and what he

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Woman Undone

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 16 Nov - 24 Nov

€20-22

A fusion of theatre, music and dance, Woman Undone is a re-imagining of singer Mary Coughlan's extraordinary life and her difficult childhood. It tells the story of a young woman who endured abuse, ad

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My Magnetic North

Cube

Performance/ 19 Nov - 24 Nov

€14-16

What’s the fallout when you lose your magnetic north and you find yourself directionless? Combining moving images, photography and spoken word, My Magnetic North explores one man’s observations of

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SAY NOTHIN' TO NO ONE

Cube

Theatre/ 26 Nov - 01 Dec

€16-18

Kian Harris is a career shoplifter. Charleigh Brennan is a career session moth. These two young professionals are bound together by a love of fashion and a yearning for escape. Now London is calling a

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I Am Tonie Walsh

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 27 Nov - 01 Dec

€20

Known as Ireland's Godfather of Gay, Tonie Walsh is a living legend. For decades he has fought tirelessly for civil rights - for housing rights, women's rights, and queer rights - while the country ch

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Cultivating Stories

Gallery

Exhibitions/ 03 Dec - 22 Dec

€Free Admission

In a multi-year explorative project hosted by Project Arts Centre and conducted in collaboration with Archive Books, Berlin, visual artist and amateur plant breeder Åsa Sonjasdotter researches histor

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Miscellany50

Space Upstairs

Special Event/ 07 Dec - 09 Dec

€16-18

Miscellany50 is a celebratory radio festival weekend of short writing and music produced to salute fifty years on air in 2018 of Sunday Miscellany, RTÉ Radio 1’s iconic programme. Five concerts wil

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THE THEATRE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON. Vol 5

Cube

Theatre/ 11 Dec - 15 Dec

Free Admission

Follow in the footsteps of over a hundred artists who have presented work in 4 iterations of THEATRE MACHINE since 2009. The time is now.

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Dublin Oldschool

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 12 Dec - 22 Dec

€18-22

With smash-hit runsboth at home and abroad, and hot on the heels of its triumphant cinematic release, Dublin Oldschool returns home to Project. Join wannabe DJ Jason on a chemically enhanced trip thr

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Mangina Jones' Big Christmas Cracker

Space Upstairs

Comedy/ Performance/ Special Event/ 14 Dec - 15 Dec

€25

Join the erstwhile Alternative Miss Ireland for two festive nights of gaiety with some of Ireland's best loved stars. Expect the unexpected in this fabulous trifle of performance, art and music.

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Walk For Me

Space Upstairs

Music/ Performance/ 16 Jan - 26 Jan

€16 - 18

Expect sex, decks and original songs by MissKate, MathMan and Bobofunk.

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I'm Not Here

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 01 Feb - 02 Feb

€16 - 18

It's a duet with her brother. He’s not here. He is dead. Doireann Coady is back with a powerful play that smashes through the silence around suicide.

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Rapids

Cube

Theatre/ 07 Feb - 09 Feb

€16 - 20

Exploring stigma in the lives of men and women who are HIV+ in Ireland today, Rapids returns following its sell-out run at Dublin Theatre Festival.

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This is the Funeral of your Life

Cube

Theatre/ 13 Feb - 16 Feb

€16 - 18

Watch us facilitate your funeral in real time, in this live event featuring an actor, a dancer and a mezzo soprano.

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East Belfast Boy & Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful (Double Bill)

Cube

Theatre/ 18 Feb - 20 Feb

€16 - 18

A double bill of Theatre from award-winning company Prime Cut Productions.

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The Wickedness of Oz

Cube

Theatre/ 25 Feb - 03 Feb

€20-22

A story of unfilled potential, The Wickedness of Oz follows a day in the life of a travel agent with a penchant for 1960s musicals. Debbie McInerney's day spirals into a mire of self-doubt when she wa

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Alice in Wonderland

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 04 Mar - 16 Mar

€18-20

From the team that brought you Shackleton and The Third Policeman comes a fast-paced visual and imaginative rendition of a timeless classic for all the family. Follow Alice on her madcap journey thro

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Extraordinary Rendition

Cube

Theatre/ 06 Mar - 08 Mar

€10

In a cabin built from the same materials as Camp X-Ray, the temporary detention facility at Guantanamo bay, and with the same internal dimensions of a detainee’s cell, Extraordinary Rendition is a p

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Slap Talk

Cube

Theatre/ 09 Mar

€ Free (Suggested Donation €5)

Inspired by the self-aggrandising of boxers at the pre-fight weigh in, Slap Talk is a verbal sparring match that is both a linguistic version of the fight itself and a reflection upon the violence pre

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Merlin

Space Upstairs

Dance/ 28 Mar - 30 Mar

€14-16

A furry monster, a headstrong child-woman, a jumping shamanic devil, a crumbling statue... Simultaneously wise man and wild man, Merlin dances at the interface of law and nature: we are moving animals

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Latest From the Newsroom

2018/19 Programme On Sale Now

Welcome to the new Project Season – I am delighted to finally share with you some of the thrilling performances, exhibitions and events about to explode out of the big blue building in the coming year. Packed within these pages are exciting collaborations between world-renowned artists, bold new works from our Project Artists, the best in new and emerging talent taking to our stages, and a deep dive into our archive, starting with the extraordinary offsite projects from the 1990s, and bringing to light the immense history lived within these walls - the people, the art, the artists – a…

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Artists Opportunity - Realise Production Award

Project Arts Centre and Arts & Disability Ireland announce a major new Production Award for Theatre and Contemporary Dance artists with disabilities. This Production Award is designed to support the production and presentation of ambitious new work by individual artists with disabilities. What does the Production Award include? Production Award of €40,000 for presentation of new work at Project Arts Centre Production Workshop (open to all interested applicants pre-application) Mentoring support from consultant Producer for 4 short-listed artists prior to final application Post application Production support for the successful applicant Deadline for expression of interest application: Thursday 15th November 2018…

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