Pan Pan Theatre and Dublin Youth Theatre, Ireland

The Sleepwalkers

‘Oh how hard it is when pretense falls! But it falls, it falls! I am so alone in the world now.‘

During an unknown natural catastrophe, seventeen members of Dublin Youth Theatre (DYT) find themselves trapped in an abandoned building. Every time they try to leave and go outside, they fall asleep and wake up back where they started, rehearsing the same scene from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Along the way they try to solve the world’s problems, just in case they ever wake up to find that the world still exists. Think classic horror movie plots, teenage angst, and the natural wisdom of the young, all given a voice that you can’t help listening to.

Collaboratively created from ideas generated by DYT members as well as found texts, the production will ask the question: what does it mean to be awake?

The Sleepwalkers is a leap into the void. Are we sleepwalking towards Armageddon? Should we really fear the world changing?

Suitable for ages 12+

Supported by CDYSB and Dublin City Council.
This production is funded by the Arts Council.

Presented by axis: Ballymun in association with Dublin Theatre Festival.

Directed by Gavin Quinn
Assistant Director:
Sibéal Ní Mhaoileoin
Aedín Cosgrove
Assistant Designer:
Fenna von Hirschheydt
Movement Director:
Aoife McAtamney
Simon Kenny
Costume Design:
Ciara Fleming
Dramaturgy by
Nicholas Johnson
Assistant Dramaturg:
Aoife Daly
Performed by
members of Dublin Youth Theatre


axis: Ballymun


2–4 Oct, 8pm
5 Oct, 3pm & 8pm




75 mins. No interval.

Talking Theatre

5 Oct, post-show (3pm).
With members of the company.