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A series of panel discussions, critical events  and work-in-progress showcases, including an international Critics' Forum, the Young Critics' Panel and the International Theatre eXchange presented by Irish Theatre Institute.

Admission to Festival+ events is  free but ticketed unless otherwise  specified. Advance booking is advised as seats are limited.

by phone: +353 1 677 8899
in person : Dublin Theatre Festival Box Office, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

In Development
Dublin Theatre Festival is  committed to supporting Irish  artists in creating ambitious  and high-quality new  work. Our In Development programme offers theatremakers  a platform to stage  their works-in-progress  for Irish and international  presenter and interested  members of the public.  Audiences will have an  opportunity  to see pieces  at a critical phase in their  development, while artists,  writers and directors will use  the space to  try out new ideas.  Past In Development  presentations have gone on to  enjoy successful productions  as part of Dublin Theatre  Festival and have toured at  home and abroad to critical  and public acclaim. 2016 saw five In Devleopment pieces programmed in the festival.

Loose Canon/Jason Byrne: INLAND(S)
Stranded between  landscapes and time curves  two actors try to make their  way through an unknown  script, pre-programmed with  risky encounters. All they  have is their mission brief  and their acting skills.  The  conventions of live action  role-playing games crosses  paths with the worlds of  Hieronymus Bosch,  David  Lynch and space travel.

Rough Magic, in association with Glór:  Wood.Stone.Spider  by Feargal McElherron
“Some stones have the ghosts of  old animals in them. People are  the same. We are full of fossils.”  A dark, funny, folkloric tale of  two sisters bringing up a child  in a peripheral rural community.  Lynne Parker directs an extract  from Fergal McElherron’s poetic  exploration of the Irish psyche,  performed by Simone Kirby  and Penny Layden.

Talking Shop Ensemble and Shaun Dunne: Rapids
Rapids explores instances of  disclosure and the presence  of stigma in the lives of men  and women who are HIV+ in  Ireland today. For this new  work, writer and theatre-artist  Shaun Dunne is collaborating  with HIV+ activist Robbie  Lawlor.

Dublin City Arts Office and San Jose Stage, in association with Irish Theatre Institute:
The Memory Stick by Donal O'Kelly

Two soldiers, Lakota Sioux  Native American Lako from  South Dakota and Seth  from New Jersey chance their  way to founding a Native  American sweatlodge at the  back of aUS army base in  Afghanistan. When Bridget  joins them Native American  and Irish history mix in a  magical realist way. Part  political, part mythical , secrets  are revealed that turn Lako  into a whistleblower suspect.

Doireann Coady/THEATREclub: I’m Not Here
A world famous superstar has  lost her voice. Her co-star (a  dying swan) is already dead  and is  refusing to help. She’s  trying her best to read the lines  but she’s wearing very large  sunglasses.  Watch her try and  find her voice again. 

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