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Exploring Dublin: The Abbey Theatre is a must

By: Viviana Lletget (Visiting Student, Study Abroad Blogger)

In Dublin there is so much to do involving art, music, and street performance, but no matter how long you are visiting Dublin, I suggest going to the Abbey Theater. The Abbey Theater today is not the same original one that was founded in 1904 by the Irish writer W.B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory, but the reconstructed Abbey is still spectacular and carries on the Irish Literary Theater culture in full force on the same site. The historical Abbey Theater was damaged by a fire that took place in 1951, so the Abbey Theater that exists today is an updated version that still reflects an old feel of history. The Abbey Theater was a venue where Irish writers showcased plays that became an essential aspect, a medium, that helped the Irish Literary Revival take place; it was the place where physical manifestations unfolded through performances that gave the Irish and Irishness new form from political and surrealist theater performances. The Abbey Theater is a must to visit while you are in Dublin because the plays are always wonderful, and offer a window into Irish culture.

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Arts & Culture in the City of Dublin

By: Anna McAlpine (Visiting Student)

Departments at Trinity: School of English

Home Institution: St. Andrews, English Literature and Philosophy MA (Hons)

I have lost many an hour wandering through the weird yet glorious patchwork blanket of culture that envelops modern Dublin. Stitched through time, the thread meandering, following the winding streets of the city. Each place touched by the yarn being spun its own narrative – its tale to root it in Dublin’s cultural heritage. This is perhaps the best reason to study abroad in Dublin. If you have a penchant for the arts it is impossible not to feel the undercurrent of creativity that sweeps you through the city.

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Theatre in Dublin

From amateur and avant-garde productions, to huge touring musicals and Christmas pantomimes, if you love live theatre then Dublin is the city for you.

Theatre played a pivotal role in Dublin’s history, offering the opportunity for Ireland’s writers to share their stories with the city and its people. The Abbey Theatre, co-founded by one of Dublin’s best loved writers W. B. Yeats, performed a leading role in the cultural nationalist revival and has provided the stage for some of Ireland’s best loved and most controversial productions (including the powerful drama Cathleen ní Houlihan).


Each year, from September to October, Dublin’s festival season keeps theatre-goers busy, and once the Christmas season begins touring companies and pantomimes flock to Dublin. In September, the Tiger Dublin Fringe showcases the best in contemporary theatre from around the world, focusing on innovation in drama. Soon after, the Dublin Theatre Festival shows the classical productions of celebrated theatre companies alongside the work of emerging theatre-makers, aiming to capture the imagination of Dublin and develop a sense of connection and community across the city.


If you would rather make the play than watch it, Trinity’s drama society (D.U. Players) is the most active student drama society in the country (putting on two stage productions per week in term time) so you’ll have plenty of opportunities. Housed in the Samuel Beckett theatre, Trinity’s drama society has its own performance and rehearsal spaces, as well as an extensive collection of props and costumes accumulated over the years.


The first few plays of the year audition only those who have never been in a players production before, offering Freshers the chance to get involved with the society from the beginning. With over 40 productions a year it’s hard to keep track of everything performed at Players, but each year includes: original writing, reimaginings of classic plays, musicals, comedies, tragedies and experimental theatre.

So whether you’re a budding actor, director, costume-maker (or you just love the theatre), there are plenty of opportunities both inside Trinity and beyond its walls to enjoy the drama of Dublin.