For fifteen years, THISISPOPBABY has been ripping up the space between popular culture, counter culture and high art, providing vehicles for our associate artists’ dreams and exhilarating and diverse access points to the arts. Our shows have played to over 280,000 winning major theatre awards and thrilling audiences around Ireland, the UK, Australia and beyond.
THISISPOPBABY has just set the city alight with their smash-hit, critically acclaimed show WAKE, playing to over 7000 people in The National Stadium as part of Dublin Fringe 2022 and winning the Judges’ Special Award.
Other recent highlights include: Winning Best New Play for Conversations After Sex by Mark O’Halloran (Irish Theatre Awards 2022); Winning Best Production (Dublin Fringe Festival 2016) and touring the world with RIOT; a sold-out world tour and accompanying film of Panti’s High Heels in Low Places in 2015; Where We Live Festival in 2018 as part of St Patrick’s Festival, a highlight of which was Tara Flynn’s acclaimed Not A Funny Word.
“THISISPOPBABY has redefined modern Irish Theatre” — The Irish Times
We are passionate about explosive multi-disciplinary experiences, extraordinary new writing and celebrating glorious outsiders. We dream up new contexts for our brand of theatre and know how to throw a good party.
“Not so much cutting edge, as creators of a whole new edge of its own” —The Sunday Tribune
We have created shiny pop wonderlands at festivals, including THISISPOPBABY at Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival, as well as creating our own Queer Notions Arts Festival at Project Arts Centre- uniting queer, underground and countercultural thinkers and performance giants.
Named as Best Night Out 2010 by The Sunday Times, WERK was born in the bowels of the Abbey Theatre, baptized in the fields of Electric Picnic, deflowered on the banks of the Yarra at Melbourne Festival and came of age in the halls of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
“Redefining theatre for anyone who has ever felt frozen out by the chandelier-heavy foyers of traditional venues.” – The Irish Times
Part nightclub, part performance roulette and part installation, WERK has become a home for guerrilla performance and glittering experimentation. Some of our greatest achievements started as a four minute ‘bit’ on the stage, or bar, at WERK.
Aisling ní Cheallaigh
Kate Stanley Brennan
Sarah Jane Shiels