Friends Events

Upcoming Friends Events

Friends of the Festival will be notified by email about upcoming Friends events and activity.


Recent Friends Events


Friends Launch 2021

10 August, 6pm

Dublin Theatre Festival Friends Launch 2021 took place on Zoom. Artistic Director and CEO Willie White will presented a preview of the festival programme exclusively to Friends. Willie was joined by Festival artists Shanna May Breen & Luke Casserly and Mats Staub.

Previous Friends Events

Friends enjoy many special events including theatre outings and virtual events such as the Spring Series 2021 when performer, director and founder of The Corn Exchange, Annie Ryan guest hosted a series of zoom events.

The first took place on 18 February when Annie spoke with actor Derbhle Crotty and writer and actor Mark O'Halloran. For the second event Annie chatted to actor and creator Olwen Fouéré and actor Aoife Duffin. For the final conversation in the series, Annie spoke to actor and joint artistic director of Theatre Lovett, Louis Lovett and actor, director and writer Genevieve Hulme-Beaman on Tuesday 27 April.

Annie grew up in Chicago and trained as a teenager at the Piven Theatre Workshop and later at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was part of New Crime Productions in Chicago in the early 1990s, where she was introduced to the style of Commedia dell’Arte that became the trademark of her theatre company, The Corn Exchange.

Founded in Dublin in 1995, The Corn Exchange has won international acclaim for its unique ensemble style. Much of the work was premiered at Dublin Theatre Festival including her adaptations of Arthur Miller’s THE MISFITS, Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL in partnership with Michael West, Eimear McBride’s award-winning novel A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING, DUBLINERS by James Joyce and the original works by Michael West, FREEFALL and EVERYDAY.

Outside of The Corn Exchange, she has directed for Shakespeare’s Globe in London, the Abbey, the Gate Theatre, has performed in theatre and film in the US and Ireland and continues to teach professional actors, young people and corporate clients throughout Ireland. She is currently in development with several film projects, and was thrilled to shadow film director Lenny Abrahamson on the series NORMAL PEOPLE for the BBC and Hulu.

Olwen Fouéré is an actor and creator whose extensive practice navigates live performance, film, the visual arts and music.

Recent stage appearances include her role as Winter in The Last Season by Sydney based company Force Majeure (at Sydney Festival 2021); the role of Mother in Marina Carr’s version of Lorca’s Blood Wedding (Young Vic Theatre 2019) and Unwoman III with Melbourne based company The Rabble & Maeve Stone (Dublin Fringe Festival 2019).

Other recent highlights include her internationally acclaimed productions of riverrun and Lessness by her company TheEmergencyRoom, co-produced by Galway International Arts Festival and Cusack Projects Ltd, and Tremble, Tremble by Jesse Jones for the Venice Biennale 2017 which has since been exhibited in Edinburgh, Dublin, Hong Kong, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, and Samstag Museum, Adelaide.

Feature films include The Northman by Robert Eggers, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre directed by David Blue Garcia, Violet Gibson, the woman who shot Mussolini directed by Barrie Dowdall, Sea Fever by Neasa Hardiman, Mandy by Panos Cosmatos , Beast by Michael Pearce, The Survivalist by Stephen Fingleton, This Must be The Place by Paolo Sorrentino.

Her numerous awards include the Irish Times Special Tribute Award 2013, the Edinburgh Herald Archangel 2014 and an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Philosophy- Honoris Causa) from Dublin City University in 2016 for her outstanding contribution to the Arts and Culture in Ireland.

Theatre: Hamlet (St Ann’s Warehouse) Blood Wedding (The Young Vic), The Crucible, The Playboy of the Western World and Christ Deliver Us! (Abbey Theatre); Oedipus Loves You, The Crumb Trail (Pan Pan Theatre Company); The Importance Of Being Earnest, Solemn Mass for a Full Moon in Summer (Rough Magic); The Crucible (Lyric Theatre Belfast); Spring Awakening (Headlong Theatre, UK) A Girl Is a Half Formed Thing (Corn Exchange); The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe); Chekhov’s First Play (Dead Centre), Desire Under the Elms (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Translations (National Theatre, London).

Film / Television: End of the F***ing World, Dead Still (Channel 4), Resistance (RTE), Bump (RTE), Behold the Lamb, Out Of Here, Earthbound, Joy, My Life For Ireland and What Richard Did; Moone Boy (Sky).

Derbhle Crotty is an Irish actress. She studied law in UCD, joining Dramsoc and the performance course at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. She was a member of the Abbey Theatre from 1994 – 2009. Amongst her earliest jobs at the Abbey was a role in Marina Carr's breakthrough play The Mai in 1994,and later the lead in Carr's Portia Coughlan for Garry Hynes. Derbhle has worked extensively in London and has appeared in many National Theatre and RSC productions. In 2008 she was awarded the Irish Times Theatre Awards for best actress in the Abbey production of Three Sisters and again in 2015 for her portrayal of King Henry IV for Druid Theatre Company's production Druid Shakespeare. Derbhle has appeared in the festival programme many times, including in Dubliners (2012), The Seagull (2016), The Mai (2018) and The Great Hunger (2020).

Friends Night

For one selected performance during the festival, Friends come together to see a show and enjoy a post-show reception. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet other Friends, festival staff and the cast and creatives of the show. We hope to be able to gather together again soon.

Friends Outings and Online In Conversation Events

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 theatre outings to the most talked-about productions in Irish theatre. While theatres remain closed and social gatherings on hold, we will present exclusive online in conversation events and interviews with well known theatre artists. Friends will be notified about upcoming events by email.

Mark O'Halloran is an Irish scriptwriter and actor. He has written award-winning screenplays for the films Adam & Paul (2004), Garage (2007) and Rialto (2019) the RTÉ mini-series Prosperity (2008). In 2019 he starred in the Channel 4 miniseries The Virtues. Mark starred with Derbhle Crotty in Dubliners by James Joyce, adapted by the Corn Exchange as part of Dublin Theatre festival 2012. His work-in-progress play Conversations After Sex in collaboration with THISISPOPBABY was presented as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival Festival+ programme in 2019.

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Spring Series

Online, 25 March, 6pm

The second event as part of our Spring Series, which are exclusive events for Friends of the Festival and invited guests, hosted by Annie Ryan will take place on Thursday, 25 March at 6pm. Annie will be chatting to actresses Olwen Fouéré and Aoife Duffin.

Louis Lovett is Joint Artistic Director of Theatre Lovett, a company that specialise in theatre for all ages. Their most recent live production was a co-production of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel (Opera) in a co-production with the Irish National Opera and The Abbey Theatre. In December 2020 he co-wrote and hosted The Festive Mister Fox filmed at the National Concert Hall for NCH/Theatre Lovett. With Theatre Lovett he tours nationally and internationally (incl. Sydney Opera House, Kennedy Center DC, New Victory NYC and others). For Theatre Lovett he has performed in FRNKNSTN, They Called Her Vivaldi, The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, Mr. Foley, The Radio Operator, A Feast of Bones, The House that Jack Filled and The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly (The Ark/Theatre Lovett). Writing credits include Eta Evergreen (Landmark - Theatre for One and a Half), the libretto for The Patient Woman (Irish National Opera/ 20 shots of Opera), This Way to Christmas (National Concert Hall/Theatre Lovett, The Called her Vivaldi, The True Story of Hansel and Gretel (Theatre Lovett). He is currently writing a new adaptation of The Tin Soldier for Theatre Lovett. He leads Theatre Lovett’s unique actor training course Playing for your Audience which specialises in performing for young audiences. He has also offered masterclasses in this field across Ireland, New York, Cleveland, Sydney and elsewhere. Outside of Theatre Lovett, other acting work includes Dublin by Lamplight, The Seagull and Freefall (The Corn Exchange); The Train, Improbable Frequency, The Life of Galileo (Rough Magic); Bedroom Farce (The Gate Theatre); The Making of ‘Tis Pity she’s a Whore (Siren Productions); B for Baby (Best Actor Nominee, The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2010), Bookworms and She Stoops to Conquer (The Abbey Theatre); Slattery’s Sago Saga, The Butterfly Ranch (Performance Corporation); The White-Headed Boy, God’s Gift (Barabbas…the Company) and more. Between 1996 and 2012, Louis performed in and directed several productions at The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children. Television & Film work includes Fair City, Moone Boy, Stella Days, Killinaskully, The Tudors, Showbands, Story Lane and The Morbegs. Radio: Eoin Colfer’s Noël and The Quest (Lyric FM); All that Fall, Embers (Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland / RTÉ Radio1).

Genevieve trained at the Gaiety School of acting and The Philippe Gaulier school Paris

Writing Includes: Pondling (winner of Stewart Parker Trust Award 2014, winner of Scotsman Fringe First Award/ touring - Dublin Fringe Festival/Edinburgh Fringe Festival/ 59east59 New York/ Moscow arts Festival/ Southbank Centre)

Tree Kicking (AKA finding fighting words) (collaborations Festival 2012)

Directing: Treading Water (the vaults Festival London 2018) True West (smock alley theatre) Scalped (smock alley theatre) Ophiginia in Oram (smock alley theatre)

Assistant directing: A Streetcar named Desire (the Gate Theatre Dublin, director Ethan Mcsweeny) A Month in the Country (The Gate Theatre Dublin, director Ethan Mcsweeney) Walking The Road (Sean O'Casey Theatre Dublin, director Aaron Monaghan) Romeo and Juliet (dublin castle and smock alley theatre, director Laura White)

Theatre includes: Eliza’s Adventure in the Uncanny Valley (Pan Pan Theatre Company) Called her Vivaldi (Theatre Lovett) Mary Mary Quite Contrary (the Cockpit Theatre London) Melt (rough magic) The Country Girls (Chichester festival theatre) The Seagull (Corn Exchange) Taming of the Shrew (The Globe) You Never Can Tell (Abbey Theatre) Pride and Prejudice (Gate Theatre) Pondling (Winner of Best Actress At Dublin Fringe Festival), Bears in Space (Collapsing Horse) Monster/Clock (Collapsing Horse) Broadening (Glass Doll Productions) Pineapple (This is Pop Baby) She Stoops to Conquer (Smock Alley) Little Gem (Guna Nua) Anne and Barry (Talking Shop Ensemble)

Tv includes: Dad (RTÉ, blue ink productions) Nowhere Fast (RTE, Dead Pan) Quirk (BBC)