Friends Events

Friends will be notified in advance of all upcoming events.

Friends Launch

Each July, we invite Friends of the Festival to a private programme presentation with the festival’s Artistic Director, Willie White. The Friends Launch is an invite-only event that gives our members a unique insight into the selection process behind each year’s programme.

Friends Launch 2019 will take place on Monday 29 July, 6pm, Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1

Friends Night

For one selected performance during the festival, Friends come together to see a show and enjoy a post-show wine reception. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet with other Friends, festival staff and volunteers and, if possible, the cast and creatives of the show.

Friends Outings

Becoming a Friend of the Festival means much more than just 18 days of theatre in autumn. Friends enjoy year-round benefits, including exclusive events, talks, and scheduled theatre outings each season to the most talked-about productions in Irish theatre. Stay connected for news of our next outing.

Upcoming Friends Outings

Angela's Ashes The Musical

9 Sept, 6.30pm
Tickets available by phone only from 16 Aug at noon until 26 Aug at noon.

Following a record-breaking run in 2017, Angela's Ashes the Musical returns for one week only and we are delighted to announce it as a special pre-festival Friends Outing. This event will consist of an exclusive pre-show wine reception and talk with Angela’s Ashes producer Pat Moylan in the roof terrace of the Bórd Gáis Energy Theatre.

Frank McCourt’s memoir Angela's Ashes is brought to the stage in an emotional telling of a childhood in Limerick and beyond, featuring unforgettable songs and melodies, told with a rare lyricism and a warm inimitable sense of humour. A haunting score adds to the emotional impact and the humour of the story. Angela's Ashes the Musical has that rare gift of bringing an audience to tears one minute, laughing out loud the next. Based on the Pulitzer prize-winning book by Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes the Musical is produced by Pat Moylan, directed by Thom Sutherland, with Music and Lyrics by Adam Howell and Book by Paul Hurt.

“Moylan’s production hit a home run, bullseye and hole in one”
The Irish Examiner

“…only the hardest of heartstrings could fail to be tugged”
The Sunday Business Post

To book tickets: Call the Friends Hotline: + 353 1 673 0606 or email

Outing Details:
Date : 9 September
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Bord Gais Energy Theatre