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Wed, 10 Apr


Mary's Abbey

Dublin Will Show You How

A new play by Tracy Martin about the lived experiences of women immersed in the culture of gangland crime.

Dublin Will Show You How
Dublin Will Show You How


10 Apr 2019, 20:00 – 13 Apr 2019, 22:00

Mary's Abbey, Mary's Abbey, Dublin, Ireland


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


This play features scenes of domestic abuse and references to suicide. Please also be advised of the use of raw egg in this production.

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.


This production will first run at the Abbey Theatre and will then move to The Complex. Please double-check your choice of venue for completing your booking.

4 – 6 April at the Abbey Theatre | Book tickets

10 – 13 April at The Complex, 21-25 Arran St East, Dublin 7 |

Tickets available online from Abbey Box Office.

Tickets are available from 7.30 on the evening of the performance on a cash basis.


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


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