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The evolution of theatre in Ireland


See Through Café

The evolution of theatre in Ireland

April 10, 2021. 7pm

Online - Free

We are delighted to announce the new series of See Through Café!
The See Through Café is a free and open space where we allow to flourish conversations about art and diversity in and across Ireland, through the eyes of artists and art enthusiasts. The See Through Café is curated by members of the WeareGriot Collective: Dagogo Hart, Felispeaks and Samuel Yakura. It is presented in collaboration with Rua Red and supported by Creative Ireland South Dublin and South Dublin County Arts Office.

This month’s See Through Cafe, we will be speaking to thespian and theatre director Deirdre Molloy and playwright and theatre-maker Dylan Coburn Gray. They will be speaking on the evolution of theatre in Ireland, from their earlier days in Dublin Youth Theatre as part of different generations to what the theatre space in Ireland is at the moment, how it got here, and the different influences, responses, and challenges to the evolution process.

Meet the guests

Deirdre Molloy

As an actor, Deirdre has performed throughout Ireland and the UK, most recently in Dear Ireland, The Unmanageable Sisters, Hedda Gabbler, Sive and The Plough and the Stars at The Abbey. 
She has produced several national theatre tours, most recently the award winning How to Square a Circle. 
An ex-member of Dublin Youth Theatre and current Chair of their board, she has directed and facilitated extensively in Youth Theatre, most recently Show Me Love, DYT’s Big Show 2016. She devised and directed Wake Up Sleeping Beauties and directed Red Ball for Dublin Youth Theatre and for Waterford Youth Arts, she directed The Pilgrimage (chosen from 150 productions to play at Royal National Theatre, London as part of BT Connections Festival).

Deirdre Molloy

Dylan Coburn Gray

Dylan Coburn Gray is a playwright and collaborative theatremaker with MALAPROP. Their work has won acclaim for its distinctive blend of curiosity and compassion, nerdiness and silliness, both here in Ireland and internationally following their UK, Australian, and Chinese tours. Dylan was the recipient of the 2017 Verity Bargate Award for his play Citysong, subsequently coproduced in 2019 by the Abbey Theatre and Soho Theatre. Work with young people and communities is the other major strand of his practice; his play for the 2019 NYT ensemble – Ask Too Much Of Me – was staged in the Peacock Theatre in 2019, and he’s currently under commission to write a play featuring young D/deaf and Hard of Hearing performers for the National Theatre’s Connections programme. 

The host - Dagogo Hart

Dagogo Hart is a Dublin based poet, writer, and spoken word artist whose words have wowed audiences from bar basements to electric picnic stages. His poetry is inspired by his hometown in Lagos, Nigeria, and his experience since moving to Ireland.

Dagogo Hart. Contatto. Photographed by Elena Cristofanon

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