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HEROIN is the story you were never told about the new republic, of the person you never saw, of what you built and then demolished. It’s the big one, the bad one, the one you never thought you’d try.

We are fuck ups and we are fucking it up. There’s dust in our mouths, we’re breaking our windows, we can’t remember who we’re voting for. We’ve collapsed all our veins so we’re standing up and shouting, we’re bailing out, we’re up and on, we’re on, we’re gone.


We’re reefing off our rings and buying more gear. Smile.

HEROIN is a radical staging of how we got here, and how much we care. It’s everything that ever happened to us, the words that were never spoken and how the ones we voted for, kicked us in the teeth. Grace Dyas’s new play is an explosion of the social history of Heroin in Ireland over the last forty years.

what people thought

“Heroin is an excellent addition to a Festival line up that is perhaps one of the most socially challenging and reflective of contemporary Ireland as has ever been put together for the Dublin Theatre Festival. THEATREclub has consistently marked themselves out as a company with ideas and considerably ability. Perhaps if the audience took one thing away from that performance and post-show discussion, it was a point from Grace Dyas as she pointed out that if Heroin had been staged in the late 1970’s it would have been relevant then and if the play would be staged in forty years from now, it would still be relevant. Sobering thoughts indeed.” –

Developed in collaboration with Rialto Commuity Drug Team, Graham Ryall, Rachael Keogh, Tony May, Conor Cillian Madden and Ryan O’Connor. Supported by CREATE’s Learning and Development Programme.

ABSOLUT Fringe 2010, (Spirit of The Fringe Award) | axis:Ballymun 2011. Reviewed at Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival 2011, Draoicht Blanchardstown 2012/13, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival in association with Grand Theatre Groningen 2012, Culturgest as part of the Almada Festival, Lisboa, Portugal 2013, Lime Tree Theatre Limerick 2013,

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Grace Dyas and Rachael Keogh on The Irish Times Women’s Podcast

Cast & Crew

    • Grace Dyas - Director
    • Barry O'Connor - Actor
    • Gerard Kelly - Actor
    • Lauren Larkin - Actor
    • Doireann Coady - Designer
    • Eoin Winning - Lighting Designer
    • Emma Fraser - Costume Designer
    • Sarah Murphy - Producer (Premiere)
    • Shane Byrne- Workshop Facilitator
    • Gemma Collins- Producer & SM
    • Tom Mullan- Stage Manager
“We’re standing up and shouting, bailing out, we’re up and on, we’re on, we’re gone.”