World Premiere September 2022 – National Stadium Dublin 8
as part of Dublin Fringe Festival

An adrenaline shot for the city: this extraordinary assembly is an outpouring, a reckoning, a release and a party. 

WAKE, the new show from the makers of international smash-hit RIOT, is a howling, raucous, soul-stirring celebration of community, regeneration, and the magic of collective catharsis. 

WAKE lifts the veil between worlds, where club culture meets Irish tradition in an exquisite frenzy of ritual, rave, grief and joy. Conjuring up the spirits of the good times, of the marginalised, of everything that’s been and gone, WAKE toasts yesterday’s passing as we dream up tomorrow, together. THISISPOBABY’s glittering Irish Pop-WAKE embraces the ecstasy of letting go, the wild abandon of the all-nighter and the beauty of transformation in a rabble-rousing night of gut-punching theatre, soaring spoken word, stomping beats and outrageous circus that will leave us ready to dance into the dawn. 

The Time Has Come.

Download show programme HERE

Co-produced with Dublin Fringe Festival in association with Irish Arts Center New York. Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland. Created with the support of Dublin City Council and Cork Opera House.

Created by Jennifer Jennings, Phillip McMahon & Niall Sweeney
Directed by Jennifer Jennings & Phillip McMahon
With text by Carys D. Coburn
Composer, Sound Designer & Musical Director Alma Kelliher
Choreographer Philip Connaughton
Set & Graphic Design by Niall Sweeney
Costume Design Julian Smith
Lighting Design
Mark Galione

Stage Manager
Fiona Keller
Assistant Stage Manager & Counterweight Ben Moore
Production Manager
Adam Fitzsimons
Head of Sound
Jason Fallon
Sound A2
Kate Crook
Sound A3
Cian Murphy
Costume Supervisor and Maker Thérese McKeone
Chief LX Sarah Timmins
LX Operator
Sarah Doyle
MakeUp & Hair Styling
Tee Elliott and Aisling Doyle
Barber Cuts Suzanne Redmond
Aerial Rigging Bryan Donaldson
Carpenters Simon Kennedy, David O Dowd, Tony Cording
Electricians Gavin Kennedy, Iain Sinnott, Richard Lambert, Susan Collins, Ronan Gallagher
Scenic Artists Marcus Molloy, Dragana Stevanic

 Carla Rogers

General Manager Laura Rigney
Communications & Marketing Manager Tom Lawlor
Conleth Teevan
Marketing Officer
Lisa Nally
Publicity Image by
Conor Horgan & Niall Sweeney
Production Images by Ruth Medjber

Adam Matthews
Aisling Ni Cheallaigh
Alma Kelliher
Bryan O’Connell
Darren Roche
Deirdre Griffin
Emer Dineen
Felicia Olusanya
Jade O’Connor
Lisette Krol
Lucia Mac Partlin
Michael Roberson
Philip Connaughton
Tobi Omoteso

The Irish Times

“Think Riverdance for the club queens”


“WAKE is the moment we’ve all been waiting for”

The Arts Review

“An adrenaline shot of joy to the heart”

Philip Connaughton in WAKE THISISPOPBABY. Photo by Ruth Medjber


“One of the best things you’ll experience all year”

Wake from this is Pop Baby, as part of Dublin's Fringe Festival 2022. Photo: Allen Kiely