RIOT, the jaw-dropping theatrical sensation and winner of Best Production at the 2016 Dublin Fringe Festival, is crossing the pond to New York City for four performances this February at Skirball Arts Centre.

RIOT is a disorderly cocktail of wild theater, gut-punching spoken word, banging jigs, slapstick comedy and eye-popping circus that leaves audiences dazzled and dizzy. RIOT is both party and politic, a love letter of hope to the future, a clarion call on the state of the nation and a divine celebration and a blunt criticism of the world today. The all-star cast includes Panti Bliss, Ireland’s Queen of Drag, Up & Over It (former Riverdance principals) and Megan Riordan, star of Once – The Musical.

THISISPOPBABY, self-described “theatre makers, club creatives and good time gurls [sic],” lands somewhere between pop culture, counter culture, queer culture and high art.  Founded in 2007, the Dublin-based company has played to sell-out crowds and critical acclaim throughout Ireland and around the world. In addition to making small and large-scale theatre and musicals, THISISPOPBABY has also produced alternative performance arenas at outdoor music festivals and created Ireland’s queer arts festival, Queer Notions.

Riot is co-presented with Irish Arts Center. Irish Arts Center is an arts and cultural center dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, building community with artists and audiences of all backgrounds, forging and strengthening cross-cultural partnerships, and preserving the evolving stories and traditions of Irish culture for generations to come.

Schedule: February 15, 16 & 17 at 7:30 pm

Tickets start at $50

“Beg, borrow or steal a ticket”

The Reviews Hub

“An unadulterated celebration of skill, passion and possibility”

The Arts Review

“A love poem of hope from the heart to the future”

The Sunday World

“Thrilling, exhilarating, uplifting and unique”


“Surpassed all expectations…truly remarkable”

The Daily Mail

“Gorgeous, with glitter on top”


Celebrating ten years of explosive events, from Poptent at Electric Picnic and Alice in Funderland – The Musical, to the legendary club night WERK, THISISPOPBABY present their most entertaining show to date, uniting the hottest stars of Irish stage and screen in this glittering roulette of the brilliant, brazen and downright bizarre.

Created & Directed by Jennifer Jennings and Phillip McMahon.


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