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Dublin Will Show You How is a provocative play that offers a gut-wrenching glimpse into the intimidation and isolation of women living in the culture of coercion and crime.


It speaks of oppression and ultimately women’s ostracisation, where you cannot leave your home for fear of hearing or seeing something you shouldn’t, or being implicated in somebody else’s business. It is based in the north inner city of Dublin but it is about women everywhere and their survival.


“Fifteen off ‘tricity. Fifteen off the gas.

Ten euro off the uniform

twenty for the weed.


Eighteen euro for the blues.

No, fuck that – ‘tricity can wait,

so can the gas

and I’ll just have to explain in the school.”


Dublin Will Show You How is based on a concept by Vanessa Fielding, Artistic Director of The Complex, and inspired by workshops with women from the north inner city of Dublin as part of the Browbeating Project, a collaboration between the Abbey Theatre and The Complex.


Supported by Dublin City Council, the Arts Council of Ireland, North West Inner City Partnership, the SAOL Project, the Snug Counselling Service, High Hopes Choir and the National Women’s Council of Ireland.




Image credit: Geta Brătescu, Către alb (Autoportret in șapte secvențe) / Towards White (Self-portrait in seven sequences), 1975, photomontage of seven b/w photographs, 31 x 82 cm; photography: Mihai Brătescu; courtesy of the artist; collection of Instituto Inhotim, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, MoMA New York, The National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, Kontakt Collection Vienna.



  • Tina: Karen Ardiff
  • James and others: Thommas Kane Byrne
  • Josie, Marie and others: Liz Fitzgibbon

  • Shane and others: Luke Griffin

  • Ensemble: Ciara Ivie

  • Joan and others: Denise McCormack

  • Cathleen and others: Leah Moore

  • Leo and others: David O'Meara

  • Writer: Tracy Martin

  • Director and Producer: Vanessa Fielding

  • Producer: Phil Kingston

  • Set and Costume Designer: Sarah Jane Foley

  • Audiovisual and Lighting Designer: Conleth White

  • Sound Designer: Vincent Doherty

  • Production Manager: Stephen Bourke

  • Voice Director: Andrea Ainsworth


**Please be advised of the use of raw egg in this production.

**There are scenes of violence, strong language and sexual references.

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