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Panel Discussions

Chaired by Vincent Woods, these panel discussions will address some of the themes at play in this year’s festival programme. Both panels are open to the public and will be recorded for broadcast on RTÉ Radio One.

Admission is free but ticketed. Advance booking is available by phone on +353 1 677 8899, in person at the festival Box Office or at the venue on a first-come first-served basis.


The Artists Are Not at Home

  • Many great writers have preferred to imagine Ireland from elsewhere. The work of James Joyce, Eugene O’Neill and Samuel Beckett features in this year’s programme, in productions by artists who have also moved between cultures and countries. Does a creative distance from home help to make good theatre?
  • Panellists are Annie Ryan, artistic director of Corn Exchange which presents Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms at the festival, Camille O'Sullivan, who performs with pianist and musical collaborator Feargal Murray in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of The Rape of Lucrece which opens at the Gate theatre next week; critic Helen Meany and former Culture Ireland director and incoming director of the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Eugene Downes.
  • Venue: Project Arts Centre
  • Date: Oct 4, 2pm

Theatres of Politics

  • The podcast for our first panel discussion, held on Sept 27, is now available online. A range of international and Irish shows in the festival address tough political and civic issues. This panel asks: How does contemporary Irish theatre measure up to its international peers in confronting current crises?
  • Listen to the podcast here

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