Donal O’Kelly, Fishamble and the Civic Theatre – Celebrating 15 Years of New Writing!

Just before the Civic Theatre opened it’s doors in March 1999, the Artistic Director Bríd Dukes was joined by amongst others Donal O’Kelly and Mark O’Rowe for the RTE Radio 1 programme The Arts Show with Mike Murphy (‘probably the most important single outlet for coverage of the Arts in Ireland’ – Irish Times). See picture below.


That April the Civic Theatre presented Catalpa written and performed by Donal O’Kelly and so began a new and exciting era for the development of the arts in the South Dublin area.

One of our most enduring relationships has been with Fishamble: The New Play Company. Their commitment to new writing and touring has resulted in over 15 productions (see list below) touring to the Civic Theatre and the development of a strong appetite for new writing and work in the area.

Little Thing, Big Thing by Donal O’Kelly
Guaranteed! by Colin Murphy
The Bruising of Clouds by Sean McLoughlin
The Wheelchair On My Face by Sonya Kelly
Noah and the Tower Flower by Sean McLoughlin
Forgotten by Pat Kinevane
The Pride of Parnell Street by Sebastian Barry
Big Ole Piece of Cake by Sean McLoughlin
Rank by Robert Massey
The Gist of It by Rodney Lee
Wired to the Moon by Maeve Binchy
Pilgrims In The Park by Jim O’ Hanlon
The Buddhist of Castleknock by Jim O’Hanlon
Fishamble’s Y2K Festival
True Belivers by Joe ‘O Connor

We are delighted to welcome back writer Donal O’Kelly 15 years after his first production at the Civic, with his brand new play Little Thing, Big Thing – a thriller about the power of the oil companies.

BOOKING for Little Thing, Big Thing by Donal O’Kelly, presented by Fishamble: The New Play Company
Phone 01 4627477


About Civic Theatre

The Civic Theatre's Mission is to mount an artistic and challenging programme of contemporary and classical Irish and international work in Theatre, Dance, Opera and Music for the community of South Dublin county and environs. History The Civic Theatre, opened in March 1999, a project of South Dublin County Council and also grant aided by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands. The first production at The Civic Theatre Tallaght was Howie the Rookie by Mark O'Rowe, directed by Mike Bradwell and starring Aidan Kelly and Karl Shiels. It opened on the 23rd March 1999. Since opening we have developed relationships with most Irish theatre companies and most opera, contemporary dance, ballet and children's theatre companies, developing healthy audiences for these. We are particularly proud of our co-productions – to date we've produced; or co-produced 22 plays, involving new Irish writing. We have hosted wonderful international productions, fantastic local work, and we have had some terrific nights of music on stage at the Civic.
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