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.
Backstage at the Festival: 24 July, post-show talk with the company. Moderator, Marianne Kennedy of NUI Galway.
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.
Backstage at the Festival: July 17, post-show talk with Charlotte McIvor of NUI Galway.
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.
Incantata | World Premiere
The world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Muldoon's Incantata promises to be one of the must-see shows of the Festival. This major new play from GIAF and Jen Coppinger tells a heartbreaking true story about love and loss.
Backstage at the Festival: 19 July, following 9pm show. Moderator, Patrick Lonergan of NUI Galway.
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
This original comedy examines the way the things we own shape our lives, our worldviews, and ourselves. Click here for playwright Sonya Kelly's take on "the psychodramas unfurling every day in Ikea."
Backstage at the Festival: 18 July, post-show talk with company members. Moderator, Miriam Houghton of NUI Galway.
Shelter | World Premiere
Cristín Kehoe paints a portrait of a group of friends left behind by the tide of progress in her new play.
Backstage at the Festival: 19 July, post-show talk with the company. Moderator, Miriam Houghton of NUI Galway.
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.
Backstage at the Festival: 26 July, post-show talk with the company. Moderator, Miriam Houghton of NUI Galway.
A poetry professor faces experimental treatments for life-threatening cancer in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Performed by the Galway Youth and Community Theatre.
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. Hear more from star mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty on taking on a 'trouser role.'
Backstage at the Festival: 25 July, post-show talk with the company. Moderator, Aidan Thomson of NUI Galway.
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.