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By the bog of cats

The story of Hester Swane, an Irish traveller with a deep and unearthly connection to her land.

Tormented by the memory of a mother who deserted her, Hester is once again betrayed, this time by the father of her child, the man she loves. On the brink of despair, she embarks on a terrible journey of vengeance as the secrets of her tangled history are revealed. Director, Emma Jane Nulty says, ‘this is a play that speaks to audiences now. Identity is a core part of who we are. In Hester, we see the struggles of someone trying to understand theirs and how other people decide whether we belong or don’t belong. Carr’s By the Bog of Cats is an extraordinary journey that blends the mythic and the real, the dark and the comic.’

Taking place in the Dalkey Town Hall on Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th February at 8pm. Not suitable for children.
Bookings online at Eventbrite
Telephone Bookings 086 4568608

Tickets also available in the Town Hall, Dalkey Ticket price: €15/€10 (Students/unwaged)

Dalkey Players is an award winning theatre group; having won the RTE All Ireland Drama Festival in 2017, ‘By the Bog of Cats’ is their entry to this year’s Full Length Drama Circuit playing in Roscommon, Ballinamore, Cavan, Shercock, Claregalway, Claremorris and Clare.

Tiny Plays for Dalkey

What can you achieve in 3 minutes in Stage Time with 20 Plays, 20 Directors, 20 Actors?

 Answer: An hour and a half of funny and heart warming drama.

Featuring well known playwrights such as Joseph O’Connor, Ardal O’Hanlon, Deirdre Kinahan this is an evening not to miss!

 Dalkey Players brings this rich and exciting production of

 Tiny Plays for Dalkey

The Studio, dlrLeXicon, Dun Laoghaire

on 29th & 30th November and 1st & 2nd December

at 8pm.

With special thanks to Fishamble, the New Play Company

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Zoo Story

Dalkey Players present Edward Albee’s Zoo Story directed by Gerry Clabby, Saturday 11th June dlr LexIcon studio, staring Simon Cunningham and Conall O’Bealóin.

Shows at 3pm and 8pm

The Zoo Story

A summer afternoon in Central Park, New York City. Like every other Sunday, Peter is sitting on his favourite bench reading a book, when he is approached by Jerry who strikes up a conversation. This is an encounter that will change their lives forever. In this one-act play, celebrated playwright Edward Albee explores different lives in an urban metropolis, our deep need to communicate and connect with other people, and the catastrophic consequences that can ensue if we fail in this endeavour. 

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Eurydice All Ireland finalist 2022

Pre Athlone performance Dalkey Town Hall 7th-8th May 8pm.

Eurydice, Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld where she meets her dead father, encounters the Lord of the Underworld and struggles to remember her husband, Orpheus.

Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice is a modern re-telling of the Orpheus myth through the eyes of Eurydice. A magical, sometimes menacing, dream-like journey of love, loss and memory.

Eurydice 2022

Coming to Dalkey Town Hall 22nd-23rd February at 8pm

Eurydice, The Power of Memory to Triumph over Death:

In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl re-imagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love, Orpheus. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

Sarah Ruhl’s quirky contemporary meditation on a much-mediated-upon story has some of the subliminal potency of music, the head-scratching surprise of a modernist poem and the cockeyed allure of a surrealist painting. It’s pretty funny, too.

Special thanks to:

Fiona Keane and Conall O’Beoláin for their work in the development of this production.

The Cast

Eurydice                                   Sarah Coughlan

Father                                      Alan Nuzum

Orpheus                                   Gearoid Molloy

Big Stone                                  Maria Fitzgerald

Loud Stone                               Sharon Nealon

Little Stone                               Alice Meehan

Nasty Interesting Man/

Lord of the Underworld             Dermot Byrne

Director and Designer               Emma Jane Nulty

The Crew

Stage Management                   Emma Mulligan & Siobhan Caskie

Lighting Design                         Barry Donaldson

Technical Design                       Brian Nutley & Caitríona Connolly

Set Construction                       Conall O’Beoláin & Brendan Dunne

Sound SFX                                Julia Crimmins

Sound design and Puppets         Emma Jane Nulty

Graphic Design                           Philip Murphy

Photography                             Lucy Nuzum Photography

Front of House                          Donal Ryan & Team


The play is set in the Overworld and the Underworld. It is broken into 3 Movements and runs continuously.


Kristmas Komedy Komes to the DLR Lexicon 10th 11th December

The Cast

Master of Ceremonies       Gerry Clabby

Anthony Belton……Maria Jackson……..Eorann Kavanagh……..  Helen Cruise

Kirana Baghwana…….. Jackie Fisher……..Lua McIlraith …………..Dermot Byrne

 Emma Jane Nulty …….. John Walsh…….. Hannah Clabby……………. Ava Drewitt

Directed by                    Lua McIlraith

Pianist                               Pauline Lennon

Stage Manager              Maria Jackson

Lights                              Aileen Byrne

Sound                             Julia Crimmins

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Thank you

We have come to end of a season unlike any other. We would like to thank everyone who supported us throughout this year. Firstly with our Radio play festival Connect and Create and Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. This has been a challenging year all around but as a group we have met every challenge and come out the stronger than ever. We will be back in September with an exciting new programme.


Lights, Camera, Duvet! 

 Dalkey Players launch a series of eight radio plays made under the duvet during lockdown

‘Connect & Create’ is a 7 day Festival of Drama running from the 6th April to 12th April and includes original writings and published works developed by Dalkey Players during lockdown.

 Tickets are available from Eventbrite. By making a  small donation (minimum of €1) you can access all 8 podcasts of the plays.

Not ones to take to their beds under normal circumstances, many of the players found themselves doing just that. Dalkey Players Chairperson,Conall O’Beoláin said ,“we had to adapt and change to be creative. We’ve recorded these plays at home, often under the duvet to ensure the best sound quality when recording.”

Since last Summer, members have been writing and developing this work. Over 25 people were involved, meeting over zoom twice a week, writing, rehearsing and directing.

“This was a way of connecting and being creative during a time when we couldn’t meet to do drama in the normal way,” says Emma Mulligan, Festival Series Producer. “This has meant we can continue to do what we love and to share our work in a new way with the community and our patrons who have always supported us so generously”.

The plays are an eclectic and exciting mix of story-telling, poetry and new writing.  So, sit back, relax and join us ‘under the duvet’!

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