Project Arts Centre Presents… Emmet Kirwan’s five-star spoken word odyssey about brothers, Dublin and dance music DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL




Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray – 21 Jan 2017

National Theatre, London – 24 – 31 Jan 2017

Project Arts Centre – 3– 4 & 13 – 18 Feb 2017

Civic Theatre, Tallaght – 7 – 8 Feb 2017

The MAC, Belfast10– 11 Feb 2017

A play about brothers, Dublin and dance music

Following a sell-out run at Project Arts Centre, a dirty weekend at Cork Midsummer and a pitstop at Electric Picnic, the Dublin Fringe smash hit and winner of Best Fringe Performers Award, Dublin Oldschool is back for a small tour taking in dates in Dublin, Belfast & The National Theatre in London!

Join Jason, a wannabe DJ on a chemically enhanced trip through the streets of Dublin as he stumbles from one misguided misadventure to another. Somewhere between the DJs, decks, drug busts and hilltop raves, he stumbles across a familiar face from the past, his brother Daniel.

Daniel is an educated, homeless addict, living on the streets of Dublin. The brothers haven’t seen or spoken to each other in three years but over a lost weekend they reconnect and reminisce over tunes, trips, their history and their city. Two brothers living on the edge, perhaps they have more in common than they think, but how long can this the buzz last?

Dark comedy, family drama and spoken word odyssey – Dublin Oldschool is a new play that snaps, crackles, raps and rhymes, with high octane performances by Emmet Kirwan (Sarah & Steve) and Ian Lloyd Anderson (LOVE/HATE), directed by Phillip McMahon.

Tickets from €15-20, on sale now from local theatres.

Praise for Dublin Oldschool:

“Exceptional acting squared with exceptional writing … unmissable.” ★★★★★ – The Sunday Times

“Kirwan’s late night trip through the city makes for incredible theatre” ★★★★★ – The Evening Herald“ Volcanic vortex of verbal dexterity”★★★★★ – Edinburgh Reporter
“…the pace is electrifying, the atmosphere crackling with energy, and the stage alive with an exhilarating love for language itself…. Highly recommended★★★★ Sunday Business Post


Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray (SOLD OUT)

Dates: 21 Jan 2017

Booking Information: +353 1 272 4030 or


Venue: National Theatre, London (SELLING FAST)

Dates: 24 – 31 Jan 2017

Booking Information: +44 20 7452 3000 or


Venue: Project Arts Centre (SELLING FAST)

Dates: 3– 4 & 13 – 18 Feb 2017

Booking Information: + 353 1 8819 613 or


Venue: Civic Theatre, Tallaght

Dates: 7 – 8 Feb 2017

Booking Information: +353 1 4627477 or


Venue: The MAC, Belfast

Dates: 10– 11 Feb 2017

Booking Information: +44 28 9023 5053 or



WINNER: Writer Emmet Kirwan – Stewart Parker Trust New Playwright Bursary 2014

WINNERS: Performers Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson – Best Performer Award, Dublin Fringe 2014



Written by Emmet Kirwan

Directed by Phillip McMahon

Performed by Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson


Emmet Kirwan is an actor and writer from Dublin. His work for theatre includes RIOT (Dublin Fringe) The Train (Rough Magic), The Good Father (Axis Ballymun), Assassins (Rough Magic), The Three Penny Opera (The Gate), Major Barbara, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Alice in Funderland (Abbey Theatre), The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle (15th Oak), Bogboy (Tall Tales), Chicane, Shay’s Story (Guna Nua), In Real Time (Brokentalkers), Mushroom (Storytellers), Monged (Fishamble), No Messin’ with the Monkeys (The Ark), Where He Lies and Lovers (Island Theatre), One (Pan Pan), Election Night (Bewley’s Theatre), Alone It Stands (Lane Productions), The Indian Wants the Coombe (Purple Hart TC), Ladies and Gents (Semper Fi /Traverse Theatre), Car Show 3 (Corn Exchange / Barabbas), Rent (Olympia Theatre), Buzzin to Bits and Pericles (DYT). His work for radio includes Fighting Cowardice, You’re Not from Here, The Head, Bogboy, The Offering, We All Fall Down (RTÉ). His work for film and television includes Pursuit (An Pointe), Jack Taylor: Shot Down (ZDF/ TV3), 71 (Warp Films), Just Saying (Kennedy Films), Two Hearts (Calipo Films), The Silence (BBC), The Take (Sky One), Legend and The Big Bow Wow (RTÉ 2), The Boys and Girl from County Clare (Metro-Goldwyn), Inside I’m Dancing (Universal) and  Ella Enchanted (Miramax). Emmet also wrote and starred in the RTÉ 2 comedy series Sarah and Steve (Accomplice). Other writing includes Escape Plans (Calipo Films), Half 3 Heroes (Dublin Youth Theatre) and Outside (Still Films). Emmet is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin.


Ian Lloyd Anderson is an actor from Dublin his work includes Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive (Lyric Theatre, Belfast and Dublin Theatre Festival). He played the role of Dean in RTÉ’s LOVE/HATE. Other theatre work includes Our Few and Evil Days, Sive, The Risen People, Major Barbara, Shibari, Alice in Funderland, Macbeth, The Rivals and The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (Abbey Theatre), Every Doris Has His Day, Big Ole Piece of Cake and The Bruising of Clouds (Fishamble: The New Play Company), Richard III (Fast and Loose Theatre Company), Ride On and Observe the Sons of Ulster Riding Towards the Somme (Livin’ Dred Theatre Company), End Time (Project Arts Centre), Danti Dan (Galloglass Theatre Company), The Colleen Bawn (Bedrock Productions and Project Arts Centre), Bad Sunday (TILT Theatre Company), Ferry Tales and 50 Ways to Leave Dun Laoghaire (BDNC and Carpet Theatre Company). Film and television credits include The Clinic, Raw and LOVE/HATE (RTÉ), The Wild Colonial Boy (TG4), Dorothy Mills (Mars Distribution), Shadow Dancer (BBC Films and Element Pictures) and Standby (Black Sheep Productions).


Phillip McMahon is a writer based in Dublin. His plays include RIOT, Elevator, Pineapple, Investment Potential, All Over Town, Danny and Chantelle (still here), and the musical Alice In Funderland which

premiered at the Abbey Theatre and was nominated for Best Production at the Irish Theatre Awards in 2013. Phillip was Writer in Residence at the Abbey Theatre in 2009/10, and his most recent play Come On Home is under commission with the Abbey Theatre. He is currently developing an original screenplay with Element Pictures. Theatre directing credits include Dublin Oldschool by Emmet Kirwan, The Year of Magical Wanking by Neil Watkins, In These Shoes?, All Dolled Up, A Woman In Progress, All Dolled Up Restitched and High Heels In Low Places, all written and performed by national treasure Panti. He is also one half of pop culture outfit THISISPOPBABY responsible for many explosive events, including WERK (Performance/Art/ Club), THISISPOPBABY venue at Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival 2008/9/10, Queer Notions cross-arts festival, and many theatre productions including Trade by Mark O’Halloran.


Project Arts Centre is Ireland’s leading centre for the development and presentation of contemporary art, dedicated to protecting and nurturing the next generation of Irish artists across all forms of the performing and visual arts. Project has been at the forefront of contemporary artistic practice for over 50 years. A multidisciplinary arts centre in the heart of Dublin, Ireland, annually the centre presents over 620 events and curates and co-ordinates 5 exhibitions, as well as supporting the presentation and touring of the work of a number independent artists as part of its Project Artist initiative.


Project Arts Centre is supported by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council


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