2020 Dates: September 29 – October 5, 2020
Welcome to our 8th Dublin Theatre Festival Tour! It never disappoints – even though we don’t know what we will see until mid-July! What we do know is:
We will enjoy the perfectly located smack dab in the middle of everything, Buswells Hotel. At Buswells, the Dramarama group is greeted like old friends …and many on the tour are indeed old friends having been on the tour many times. The hotel has the ambiance and charm of an old Irish establishment plus comfortable modern accommodations. For our enjoyment the hotel boasts a restaurant, a lively pub and many cozy corners to relax and sip your Irish coffee! Heaven!
We will see six festival performances including attending the two largest theaters in Dublin, The Gate and The Abbey. For the first time ever, we actually know one of the shows in advance – and it is a doozy. A two-part powerful new cycle of plays at the Abbey Theatre presented as an epic theatrical event to be experienced over one day.
The Boy by Marina Carr
Channelling the pain and beauty of Greek myth into a radically new form for today, The Boy continues Carr’s conversation with the foundations of modern drama. by Marina Carr, commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, it reunites the writer and director from the Abbey’s award-winning 2018 production of On Raftery’s Hill. This daring production speaks with a powerful voice to the world right now, asking timeless questions about the responsibility of humans to one another, our complicity in the violence of our world, and the cost of love and duty.
Interview with Marina Carr and Caitríona McLaughlin
Chats, Tours and Day trip
We will be joined by James Hickson, our Irish guide who is an Abbey Theater specialist and professor at Trinity College. He is our walking tour leader, our day in the country guide and our gatherer of artists for our chats. In addition, we are joined by the wonderful Michael Paller (former dramaturg at American Conservatory Theater) who is our expert interviewer. We will meet with artists from the shows including playwrights, directors and actors. Each night we will have a post show informal discussion, led by Michael, accompanied by Irish coffee (decaf, of course!).
Last year we tried a new restaurant, Mr. Fox, which turned out to be a winner! Located just a few blocks from the Gate Theatre, we will definitely give Mr. Fox another visit. We will also return to the Unicorn and Peploe’s …our favorite go-to’s in Dublin. And on your own, or with some fellow tourees, we highly recommend visiting Murrays for a pint, pub food and some authentic Irish music.
Shopping, Museums and oh so much more …
Our hotel is across the street from the National Museum of Ireland and many other museums are just a step away. And oh yes, Dublin is a fabulous place to shop. We can point out our favorites for jewelry, children’s clothes and many shops featuring Irish sweaters, linens and native crafts.
Dublin continues to be treasure trove of delights. If you missed last year’s tour, check your calendar and sign up now for this truly one of a kind theater tour.
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