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Our History

You may remember the year 2008. That’s when THEATREclub was born. Originally known as “Theatre Club”, we were founded over a carvery lunch in a Portobello Pub by Shane Byrne, Doireann Coady and Grace Dyas. The name, like an awful lot of Ireland in 2008, changed very quickly. (it’s hard to avoid mentioning the economy) .

The next eight years looked very like this.


2009– Players Theatre (ABSOLUT FRINGE),

2010– axis Ballymun.

Group Therapy For One

2009– Offsite (ABSOLUT Fringe),

2010– City Arts & Cleere’s Theatre (Kilkenny Arts Festival)


2009– Project Cube

2011– Vol II Project Cube

2013– 3 Project Cube

2015– The Jam Sessions, Project Cube

THEATREclub STOLE your CLOCK RADIO what the FUCK you gonna do about it?

2009– Project Arts Centre (The Theatre Machine Turns You On.

2010– Project Arts Centre & Cork Arts Theatre (Cork Midsummer Festival)

2011– Project space Upstairs

Performance Mashups

2010– WERK- WE BUY GOLD (THISISPOPBABY taking over The Peacock Theatre)

THISISPOPBABY Tent (Electric Picnic)

WERK- You Are Not A Robot

The Panti Show, Pantibar

Soundcheck, Spy Nightclub


2010– Smock Alley Theatre (ABSOLUT Fringe)

2011– axis:Ballymun, Smock Alley Theatre (Dublin Theatre Festival)

2012– Grand Theatre Groningen (Noorderzon Festival),

Draíocht Blanchardstown

2013– St Andrew’s Community Centre,

Draíocht Blanchardstown,

Culturgest Lisboa, Portugal (Festival Almada)

Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

2014– Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

2015– National Tour-

Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford.

Dúnamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

The Everyman, Cork

Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick

Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin

Shane Byrne left his SLEEPING BAG in the car again…

2010– Smock Alley Theatre

2011–  The Theatre Tent, Mindfield, Electric Picnic

MAXIMUM JOY (can I lick the crumbs from your table)

2010– Smock alley Theatre (ABSOLUT Fringe)

The Family

2011– Project Cube- The Theatre Machine Turns you On: Vol II.

2012– Project Space Upstairs,

2013– Town Hall Theatre Galway,

Draíocht Blanchardstown

Axis Ballymun

2014– 69 O’ Connell Street, Limerick

Corpus Christi School, Moyross, Limerick

Twenty Ten

2011– Project Space Upstairs (ABSOLUT Fringe)

Hungry Tender

2012– Project Cube (Dublin Fringe Festival)


2013– Project Arts Centre, Space Upstairs

ADDICTION (A Public Conversation Event)

2014– Project Arts Centre


2014– Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

Crossing The Line & The War Room

2014– Two short films for SAOL Women’s Project

A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse! (a famous one)

2015– Irish Museum of Modern Art (Summer Rising)

The Game

2015– Project Arts Centre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival

2016– Mermaid Arts Centre

Riverbank Arts Centre

Visy Theatre, BRISBANE POWERHOUSE at Brisbane Festival, Australia

look-see RUN

2016– St. Patrick’s Festival 2016


2016– Samuel Beckett Theatre, at Dublin Theatre Festival

The Ireland Trilogy

2016- Abbey Theatre, on the Peacock Stage

*In 2014 THEATREclub grew. This was to formalise what was already going on in the rehearsal room. And in the making of the work. Gemma Collins,  Lauren Larkin, Barry O’ Connor and Eoin Winning all became part of THEATREclub. The 7 people now in THEATREclub have all been making work together for several years and contributing in a way that goes beyond their traditional “role”. Our process is collaborative. Over the last 18 months we’ve been engaging in a process of restructuring how we run THEATREclub. Borrowing from the holocracy model and a myriad other methods of communication and discussion we are happier than ever before. We want to acknowledge Clare Mulvany & Mari Kennedy for guiding this transition. We get more done, we make more work. And that’s our favourite.



I’m not here, a new piece by Doireann Coady


THEATREclub are PROJECT ARTISTS an initiative of Project Arts Centre.