The international
smash-hit sensation!

RIOT, was a jaw-dropping, international smash-hit sensation!

A disorderly cocktail of wild theatre, gut-punching spoken word, banging jigs, slapstick comedy and eye-popping circus that left audiences dazzled, dizzy and ready to change the world. RIOT was both party and political, a love letter of hope to the future, a clarion call on the state of the nation a divine celebration and a blunt criticism of the world today. Infused with the magic of theatre, the excitement of variety and the energy of the dance floor, it was a big night out, with a delicious twist.

Loved around the globe, this iconic piece of theatre premiered in Dublin Fringe Festival 2016 where it broke box office records and won Best New Production. It then embarked on a world tour hitting New York, Melbourne, Toronto in 2018 before a triumphant return its hometown of Dublin as part of Dublin Dance Festival in 2019. Thrilling, exhilarating, uplifting and utterly unique – RIOT set hearts soaring and pulses racing.

With RIOT, THISISPOPBABY presented 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. 

The RIOT family featured Panti, Lords of Strut, Kate Stanley Brennan, Emmet Kirwan, Up & Over It, Philip Connaughton Ronan Brady, Alma Kelliher, Adam Matthews, Nicky Kavanagh, Megan Riordan and a surprise special guest each night.

Created & Directed by Jennifer Jennings & Phillip McMahon

With text from Emmet Kirwan & Panti. With additional text from Michael Harding

Composed By Alma Kelliher

Choreographed by Suzanne Cleary & Peter Harding

Set & Graphic Design by Niall Sweeney

Lighting Design by Mark Galione

Original Costume Design by James David Seaver

Produced by Jennifer Jennings & Deirdre Molloy

Originally co-produced with Dublin Fringe Festival with the support of The Arts Council of Ireland
Dublin Dance Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council

International Touring supported by Culture Ireland

The Sunday World

“Thrilling, exhilarating, uplifting, unique”

The Daily Mail

“Gorgeous, with glitter on top”


“Surpassed all expectations, truly remarkable”

Irish Independent

“One of the most colourful nights out Dublin has ever seen”

The Irish Times


“Beg, borrow or steal a ticket”