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Bewley's Café Theatre



    Bewley's Cafe, Second Floor, 78-79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, D02 K033




    +353 (0) 86 878 4001

  • Artistic Director

    David Horan

  • Technical Manager

    Colm Maher

  • Administrator

    Iseult Golden

  • Box Office Phone

    +353 (0) 86 878 4001

  • Programming Policy

    Bewley's Café Theatre premiere and platform a number of new plays every year. We are a leading presenter of new dramatic writing in Irish Theatre. We aim to be a vital cog in the creation and revival of new plays in Ireland and to be a stepping stone to larger stages.



    Bewley's Café Theatre is a curated venue, where all lunchtime productions are part of a programme of work selected by the Artistic Director. The plays are always one-acts suitable for our lunchtime slot that we feel will delight, entertain, provoke and astonish our audience. Every year we present a balance of new writing and adaptations from established writers alongside platforming emerging artists and interrogating classic work. We are constantly looking to engage with theatre makers who are exploring what is theatrically possible in an hour or less.



    We want to encourage new writers to approach established directors and actors to read their work and then to apply to Bewley's Café Theatre as a team by emailing

    We are looking to harness the talent and depth of Ireland's freelance theatre community. You can look at our website's archive of past productions ( to see what directors and actors have worked with us before. Information is also available at where all new Irish plays are listed along with their original casts and creative teams. 

  • Resident Company

    Bewley’s Cafe Theatre


Play Title Playwright
A Fishpond All On Fire Tif Eccles
A New Day Gerard Lee
All Around My Head Daniel Reardon
Appropriate Sarah-Jane Scott
Are You Listening To Me Gaybo? Mary Halpin
As Married As We Get Kevin McGee
Baggage Rebecca Roper
Baked Beans & Raspberry Ripple Iris Park
Before Colour Peter Dunne (1)
Beowulf: The Blockbuster! Bryan Burroughs
Black Wednesday Gavin Kostick
Brendan Galileo for Europe Fionn Foley
Bullfight on Third Avenue Eddie Naughton
Charolais Noni Stapleton
Cirque des Rêves Katie McCann
Cockroach Poetry Barry McKinley
Coming Up Roses Juha Siltanen
Connected Will Irvine Karl Quinn
Couch Siofra Campbell
Counter Culture Katie O'Kelly
Don't Forget to Breathe Norma Sheahan
Dublin Oldschool Emmet Kirwan
Election Night Donal Courtney
Elysium Nevada Barry McKinley
Fight Night Gavin Kostick

Co-conceived by Gavin Kostick and Aonghus Óg McAnally.

Fireworks Iseult Golden
Fred & Alice John Sheehy
Fred and Jane Sebastian Barry
Fun with Bamboo Daniel Reardon
GAA MAAD Vickey Curtis Áine O'Hara
Hedy Lamarr and the Easter Rising Michael James Ford
Hollywood Valhalla Aidan Harney
Hue and Cry Deirdre Kinahan
Ireland's Call John Connors
Is There a Balm in Gilead? Michael Harding

Devised by MALAPROP theatre.

Jimmy Joyced! Donal O'Kelly
Joxer Daly Esq. Eddie Naughton Sean O'Casey

A new play based on the character of Joxer Daly from Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock

Just Here Eugene O'Brien
Kicking All the Boxes Liz Fitzgibbon
Last Year Gavin Kostick

Based on an original idea by Maeve McGrath

Learning to Drive Sean Moffatt
Life After Love Billie Traynor
Life Shop Till You Drop Alice Coghlan
Devised in collaboration with Clodagh Reid.
Lipstick on the Host Aidan Mathews
Adapted for the stage by Caroline Fitzgerald and Colette Proctor.
Looking Deadly Niamh McGrath Keith Singleton
Lovely Betty
Devised by Karen Egan and the company.
Mangan's Last Gasp Gerard Lee
Mary Motorhead Mark O'Halloran
Missing Football Peter McKenna
My Left Nut Oisín Kearney Michael Patrick
Nuts and Bolts Fiona Looney
Payback! Maria McDermottroe Marion O'Dwyer
Peep Jodi Gray
Pickled Jeananne Crowley Drina Kinsley
Pocket Music Gavin Kostick
Raccoon Tom Hall
Rebecca's Robin Deirdre Kinahan
Rebel Rebel Robbie O'Connor Aisling O'Mara
Romantic Friction Michelle Read
Ruby Tuesday Rose Henderson
SAUCE Ciara Elizabeth Smyth

Story developed with Camille Lucy Ross. 

Sequin Dreams Michelle Moran
Setanta Murphy Part One Garrett Keogh
Small Plastic Wars Pat McGrath
So Long, Sleeping Beauty Isobel Mahon
Split Ends Lauren Larkin
Sure Thing Jed Murray Eric O'Brien
Swing Steve Blount Peter Daly Gavin Kostick Janet Moran
Take Off Your Cornflakes Rose Henderson Pat Nolan (3)
That Look Iris Park
The Auld Fella Michael Glenn Murphy
The Centre of the Universe John Doran
The First Pegeen George O'Brien
The Head of Red O'Brien Mark O'Halloran
The Hole John Sheehy
The Humours of Bandon Margaret McAuliffe
The Importance of Being Honest Billie Traynor
The Lost Letters of a Victorian Lady Michelle Read
The Matador Shane O'Reilly
The Quiet Land Malachy McKenna
The Sit Gavin Kostick
The Tower Joe Joyce
The Wheelchair On My Face Sonya Kelly
The Wickedness of Oz Kate Gilmore
Those Sick And Indigent Alan O'Regan
Tic Elizabeth Moynihan
Tick My Box
Devised and written by Inis Theatre Company
To Hell in a Handbag Helen Norton Jonathan White
Too Much of Nothing Mark O'Halloran David Wilmot
Twinkletoes Jennifer Johnston
Typhoid Mary Eithne McGuinness
Waiting for IKEA Georgina McKevitt Jacinta Sheerin
Walk For Me Kate Stanley Brennan

Also known as MissKate (songwriting credits). 

Whatever Happened to Joe Magill? Lorcan Roche
Wringer Stewart Roche


Play Title Playwright
47 Roses Peter Sheridan Peter Sheridan

Adapted by Peter Sheridan from his memoir of the same name.

Flat in Ringsend Jim Culleton Maeve Binchy
Adapted by Jim Culleton from the original short story by Maeve Binchy.
Oscar and the Sphinx Glynis Casson Michael James Ford Ada Leverson
Adapted from the works of Ada Leverson.
The Birthday of the Infanta Bairbre Ní Chaoimh Oscar Wilde
The Bother With The Brother Val O'Donnell Flann O'Brien
The Man with the Flower in his Mouth Frank McGuinness Luigi Pirandello
A version by Frank McGuinness of the original play by Pirandello.
The Party Sophie Motley Caitríona Ní Mhurchú Anton Chekhov
The Picture of Dorian Gray Alice Coghlan Oscar Wilde

A new adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel.

The Poe Show Michael James Ford Edgar Allan Poe
The Remarkable Rocket Michael James Ford Oscar Wilde
Adapted from the original story by Oscar Wilde
The Star Trap Michael James Ford Bram Stoker
Adapted from the original story by Bram Stoker.
The Stronger Frank McGuinness August Strindberg
A version of the original play by August Strinberg.