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Dublin Oldschool

Project Arts Centre (Ireland) | Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Jan 30 – Feb 3, 2018 | Historic Theatre [map link]

Historic Theatre

Warning: this show contains haze
Emmet Kirwan’s smash-hit play updates old-fashioned Irish eloquence for the days of DJ sets and drug binges, tracksuits and trash-talk. It tells the story of two estranged brothers from Dublin: Jason is a wouldbe DJ, Daniel a washed-up junkie. After years apart, they meet during a long, wild weekend. Their tentative bonding is set against the backdrop of memories: of the music they raved to, the drugs they thrilled to and the city of their birth and, perhaps, rebirth.

Kirwan and co-star Ian Lloyd Anderson play multiple roles throughout, and mix spoken word slang-talk with naturalistic dialogue and poetic reflections. It’s speech as music—a feast for the ears. What Dublin Oldschool offers in the end is a gesture towards love and hope—a wish that they might triumph over addiction and the passage of time. Along the way, the work is a very Irish immersion in the joys of language.

A star of both stage and screen, Emmet Kirwan is the force behind the hit TV series Sarah and Steve. An actor of great versatility, he has performed in works ranging from Rent to The Threepenny Opera. Dublin Oldschool marks his debut as a playwright.

“★★★★ Rap, rave music and blistering energy in a chemically enhanced Irish two-hander” — The List

“Unmissable. Exceptional acting squared with exceptional writing” — Sunday Times

“Riotous. A late night trip that makes for incredible theatre” — Evening Herald

“Part urban portrait, part family snapshot and part gratuitous headrush, it’s […] exhilarating” — The Irish Times

“A kind of drug-ravaged Ulysses or an Irish Trainspotting…performed with raw and involving intensity. It’s a blast” — What’s on Stage

Trailer for the sold-out run at the Project Arts Centre


Jan 30, 8PM: Opening Night
Jan 31 – Feb 3, 8PM
Feb 3, 2PM


PERFORMER: Ian Lloyd Anderson
COMPOSER, SOUND DESIGNER: Ivan Birthistle Producer Project Arts Centre


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