GIAF’s largest theatre programme yet planned for July 2018

GIAF’s biggest theatre programme to date means that this year you can venue hop and catch multiple shows every day. Major dramatic works from around the globe will make their world and Irish premieres throughout the Festival. If you want to see absolutely everything, fear not! With a little bit of planning, it can be done!

Dates and times can be found by clicking on each show’s title below or explore our handy day-by-day calendar HERE.

Theatre from Around the World

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow  | Irish Premiere | Australia
As brutally funny as it is moving, this stage adaptation of Australian literary giant Patrick White’s Down at the Dump comes to life accompanied by live music.

The Fall  Irish Premiere | South Africa
In 2015, University of Cape Town students organized and demanded that a statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes be toppled and removed from their campus. Written and performed by seven of those students, The Fall is an electrifying look at discrimination, race, class, gender, and power.

Flight  | Irish Premiere | Scotland
By turns wrenching and hopeful, Flight tells the story of two brothers who travel across Europe from Afghanistan to start a new life. In this innovative production, their odyssey unfolds in a series of miniature 3D models.

Gardens Speak  | England & Lebanon
El Khoury’s searing Gardens Speak tells the stories of ten activists and protesters who were killed in the early years of the uprising and buried in Syrian gardens. Combined with evocative oral histories recounted by loved ones  of the deceased, El Khoury’s installation depicts and evokes the human cost of war.

Irish Theatre

Incantata World Premiere
Based on the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, Incantata is a moving elegy to Muldoon’s friend and lover, the artist Mary Farl Powers. Stanley Townsend stars.

Office 33A World Premiere
The fifth addition to Enda Walsh’s lauded Rooms series, Office 33A tells the story of a waste management administrator by depicting his office and playing audio of his voice.

Furniture | World Premiere 
Sonya Kelly’s original comedy examines the way the things we own shape our lives, our worldviews, and ourselves.

Shelter | World Premiere 
Cristín Kehoe paints a portrait of a group of friends left behind by the tide of progress in her new play.

A disastrous parent-teacher meeting lies at the heart of Iseult Golden and David Horan’s Class, but it’s a look at the trials of life as much as those at school.

A poetry professor faces experimental treatments for life-threatening cancer in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play performed by the Galway Youth and Community Theatre.

Port Authority
This snappy, heartfelt Dublin portrait of modern life zooms in on three individuals at different stages of life.


Orfeo ed Euridice
The Irish National Opera’s fresh take on Christoph Gluck’s classic approaches the Orpheus myth through music, movement, and visuals. Director and choreographer Emma Martin works with different disciplines including theatre and dance in what is sure to be a very exciting production.

Irish Language Theatre

Baoite | World Premiere
Newly commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, Baoite (Bait) tells the story of a fishing community torn apart by local tragedy and mainland threats.

Dance /  Theatre

Cloud Study | World Premiere
Dancers Mufutau Yusuf and Salma Ataya combine physicality and theatre in this exploration of dreams, memories and the concept of home.

We hope you can join us for some of the world's best theatre shows at GIAF18 this July 16-29. Explore the full theatre programme HERE.

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