2020 Dates: September 29 – October 5, 2020
The Dublin Theatre Festival this year was, as always, my cup of Irish tea! Buswells welcomed us as old friends (many on the tour were repeat Dublin tourees!) and many of our rooms were renovated since last year. The Unicorn Restaurant welcomed us with a wonderful first night dinner and then we met in the Boardroom for introductions and a run-through of the upcoming tour.
Thanks to James Hickson, our Abbey Theater specialist, we met with many guest artists and Michael Paller, dramaturg extraordinaire, was his usual expert interviewer! We met with Dermot Bolger, playwright of Last orders at the Dockside and after the show, one of the cast members. We met with the movement director from Asking For It in addition to the lead and a cast member from that play. And finally, we met with a member of the cast from Playboy of the Western World, which we saw on our day trip to Belfast. And we had a surprise guest, Carey Perloff (former artistic director of American Conservatory Theater) who just happened to be in Dublin directing the next show at The Gate Theater. She joined us for the day in Belfast and dinner at Peploe’s.
We tried a new restaurant on this tour, Mr. Fox, which turned out to be excellent and definitely a keeper for next year. Several of us heard some Irish music and had pub food at Murrays -a discovery for a quick meal with music!
Shopping! Oh yes, Dublin is still a fabulous place to shop. I can’t believe I had to buy an additional suitcase again this year – although I did bring an extra one (I do learn from experience) but in the end it was useless (it was a foldable affair that kept folding unexpectedly!) and I now have another suitcase souvenir from Dublin.
Dublin continues to be treasure trove of delights. If you missed this year’s tour, check your calendar for next year’s tour scheduled for September 29-October 5th. More info on registration dates and prices coming soon.