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The New Theatre

43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar

Tickets: €10 / 01 670 3361

Written by Lucy Caldwell, directed by Davey Kelleher, performed by Rob Malone

The Luthier by Lucy Caldwell is a monologue inspired by a story in the New York Times in June 2009.

The play centres around a young apprentice luthier – a violin repairman – in Ramallah. His name is Dawood Al-Suleiman, and his story reveals, as he repairs a violin, a memory from ten years previously, when he was aged nine.

“White phosphorus ignites in the air and when it comes in contact with the skin it burns to the bone and beyond. It burns at 816˚ Celsius or 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit until the oxygen supply is cut off or there is nothing left to burn. You can stand on the other side of the street and watch your mother and your sister and your baby brothers melt and turn to smoke before your eyes and there is imagenothing you can do, nothing”.

The Luthier was first commissioned by Origin Theatre Company New York (Artistic Director George C. Heslin) for First Irish Festival and opened at 59E59 Theatre in October 2009.

Lucy Caldwell is the author of three novels, a short story collection, several stage plays and radio dramas. Multitudes, her collection of short stories, was published in May. Her novel All the Beggars Riding was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and was chosen as Belfast’s One City One Book in 2013. Other awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2012, the Dylan Thomas Award, the George Devine Award, the Imison Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Award and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.


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Saturday 16th July, 6pm

The Pearse Centre

27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Tickets: €6 on the door

A World Not Ours is an intimate, humorous, portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon. Based on a wealth of personal recordings, family archives, and historical footage, the film is a sensitive and illuminating study of belonging, friendship, and family. Filmed over more than 20 years by multiple generations of the same family, A World Not Ours is more than just a family portrait; it is an attempt to record what is being forgotten, and mark what should not be erased from collective memory.

Written and directed by Mahdi Fleifel, Produced by Patrick Campbell / 93 Minutes

MV5BMTA3NzczNzI0NjleQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDk1NzI0NTcx._V1_UY216_CR7,0,148,216_AL_The screening will also show the short film Xenos. In 2010, Abu Eyad and other young Palestinian men from the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in Lebanon traveled with smugglers through Syria and Turkey into Greece. Like so many other migrants, they came looking for a way into Europe but found themselves trapped in a country undergoing economic, political, and social collapse.

Written and directed by Mahdi Fleifel, Produced by Patrick Campbell / 13 Minutes


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Monday 11th – Saturday 16th July 2016 @ 7:30pm

The New Theatre

43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar

Tickets: €12.50 / 01 670 3361

Written and performed by Katie O’Kelly, directed by Davey Kelleher

From a dull day in Tesco to the dusty fields of Palestine.
In the blink of an eye.
What the fuck just happened?

A rainy day in Dublin. A jaded supermarket employee rips a boycott sticker off a bottle of olive oil. And the Palestinian olive tree of history comes to life before her…The Olive Tree low res

A magic realist journey into the stories and struggles of Palestine, past, present and future.

“Remarkably funny…lyrical and intelligent language makes the political personal” – The Reviews Hub

“O’Kelly performs all the roles with a clean, clear and sharp wit” – No More Workhorse

“A story told with magic and emotional realness” – Pure M Magazine



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Festival Finale Concert

Saturday 16th July 2016, doors 8pm (show 8:30pm)

O’Reilly Theatre

Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Tickets: €20

To book tickets, please click here

Join us in the O’Reilly Theatre for the final event in the PalFest Ireland Festival with a stellar line-up of singers, musicians and poetry, including Declan O’Rourke, Frances Black, Dylan Tighe, Steve Wall and Lisa Lambe!

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O’Rourke’s songwriting style moves faultlessly between impressionism, and story telling, and can be at home in almost any form. A dynamic performer, he is at once as comfortable fronting a 50-piece orchestra, as playing solo with his trademark guitar and bass drum. Songs of O’Rourke’s have been covered by a growing list of established artists ranging from Christy Moore, to Eddi Reader, to Josh Groban. A sold-out, eight-night residency at New York City’s Donaghy Arts Theatre opened the doors for his first US release in 2013. Jon Pareles of The New York Times said of Declan’s performance: “Compassion, romance, a sense of mortality and a sense of history run through the songs of Declan O’Rourke, who tucks virtuosity into his guitar playing, with meticulous dynamics.”

Frances Black

France Black is an Irish sinFrancesBlackger and politician. She came to prominence in the 1980s when she began to play with her family’s band, The Black Family, performing a mix of traditional and contemporary Irish music. She has received rave reviews internationally, and was the recipient of the ‘Best Album by a Female’ award, by the IRMA. She has released many albums including Talk to Me, The Smile on Your Face and The Essential Frances Black.

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Steve Wall is an Irish singer, songwriter and actor, known primarily as the front man with legendary bands The Stunning and The Walls. The last few years have seen him appearing more on the small screen, featuring in shows such as Vikings, Silent Witness, Moone Boy and recently as detective Coleman in RTE’s “Rebellion”. Steve has penned some of the best-known songs in Irish rock music: Brewing up a Storm, Romeo’s on Fire, Half Past Two, and To the Bright and Shining Sun, to mention just a few. Both bands have enjoyed numerous number one and top twenty hits and their songs have featured in movies such as The Snapper (1993), On the Edge (2001) and Begin Again (2014).

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Musician, actor and award-winning theatre-maker Dylan Tighe released his second album ‘Wabi-Sabi Soul’ in April 2016 to great acclaim. The Irish Times hailed the album as ” framing reflective music with remarkable eloquence” with RTÉ describing Dylan as “one of the most fascinating and inventive voices in the Irish underground”. His radio drama for RTÉ ‘Record’ based around his debut album of the same name, was nominated for the Prix Europa Radio Prize.

Lisa Lambe

Irish actress and singer Lisa Lambe has recently returned from Glastonbury preforming on the Solar World Stage. She has toured to many venues around the country and in the US to coincide with the release of her debut solo album ‘Hiding Away’.

Hiding Away was recorded in Nashville with some of the worlds finest musicians, including multi Grammy Award winners, and top session players. Lisa has sought a live, not overproduceGetAttachmentThumbnaild sound, that is essentially acoustic folk but with beautiful touches of country.

She is a renowned actress and vocalist who has appeared in top theatrical productions across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Lisa’s theatre work includes lead roles in plays diverse as ‘’The Train “ “Anna Karenina” to “The Shaughraun”, “Sweeney Todd” ‘The Dead” to much contemporary theatre. Her lead role of “Philomena O Shea” in Rough Magic’s musical “Improbable Frequency” led to a nomination for the Best Supporting Actress Award at The Irish Times Theatre Awards. Lisa recently filmed The Bloody Irish for PBS television in the US and will be travelling to Broadway with the show as one of the leading actors in the role of Elizabeth O’Farrell.

Hiding Away’ is out now available from HMV/XtraVision Ireland and digitally online from Lisa’s Website

Lisa will be joined on the night by guitarist Ewan Cowley.

The gig will be followed by music from DJ Billy O’Hanluain. Join us to end PalFest Ireland on a note of music and dancing and celebration!