Shows To Enjoy At Home

During the period of COVID-19 social distancing and self-isolation we understand many people will miss the joy of the performing arts. To help with this, we are compiling a list of shows you can watch online.

Dear Ireland – Abbey Theatre

Dear Ireland will be released over 4 days, with monologues screened in four parts at 7.30pm from Tuesday 28 April to Friday 1 May on Abbey Theatre YouTube channel. Fifty writers were commissioned from Ireland, with unique additional contributions from the USA, China and Italy, to each write a monologue, to be performed by 50 actors from social isolation.

The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly – Theatre Lovett

Ingenious performer Louis Lovett leads the audience on an untamed adventure that crosses snowy lands and wild seas. As Peggy desperately tries to save the day, we learn about love, loss, the reassurance of goats, and the courage to sing gloriously on or off-key.

I, Malvolio

Multi-award-winning playwright and performer Tim Crouch re-imagines Twelfth Night in this, his brilliant one-man show. I, Malvolio is a charged and often unsettling rant from a man ‘notoriously wronged’, a man adrift in front of mocking spectators. 
Time: 1hr 6mins
Age: 11+yrs
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Music Network’s The Butterfly Sessions 

Broadcast on their YouTube page twice a week, newly commissioned pieces of music will be premiered in a series of online performances.
Click to watch the videos.

National Theatre At Home

The National Theatre are releasing a filmed performance every Thursday to enjoy online. Each video will be available to watch for seven days. Titles include Jane Eyre, Treasure Island and Twelfth Night, so keep an eye on their website here.
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Playboy of the Western World – Druid Theare

In the summer of 2005, Druid Theatre Company presented the first ever staging of John Millington Synge’s entire theatrical canon. This ambitious collective presentation of all six plays in the same day fulfilled a long-term artistic commitment by Druid’s artistic director Garry Hynes to re-evaluate and re-engage with one of Ireland’s dramatic giants. This mammoth project was filmed live by Wildfire during production. 
Time: 1hr 55mins

Irish Film Institute Player

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) are continuing to add more great newsreels, travelogues, animations, feature films and more from the IFI Irish Film Archive onto the IFI Player. There is a wealth of quality content to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Have a look and see what grabs your fancy, there is something for all tastes.
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The House that Norah Decorated

Theatre from home by Chris Larner. We follow Chris on a tour around his mum’s house, dubious-70’s-decor’d room by dubious-decor’d room, with a story unfolding throughout.
Click to watch the first video.

Orfeo ed Euridice – Irish National Opera

Watch Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, recorded live at the National Opera House, Wexford on 2 March 2019. An Irish National Opera co-production with United Fall in partnership with the Irish Baroque Orchestra
Time: 1hr 22mins
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Tradoodle TV – Ceol Connected

Ceol Connected are livestreaming music, songs and games for childdren daily at 2pm. You can tune in live, or rewatch anytime on Tradoodle TV YouTube channel.
Time: 35mins each (approx)
Age: 3+yrs
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Small Plastic Wars (Podcast Play)

When the Irish economy comes tumbling down like a house of cards, Joe is at a loss as to how to deal with unemployment and the constant stream of bills the postman keeps delivering. Written and performed by Pat McGrath, directed by Alan King and produced for RTÉ Radio by Kevin Reynolds.
Time: 53mins
Click to listen on RTÉ Player.

Timpson: The Musical

Gigglemug Theatre’s debut production Timpson: The Musical based on and sponsored by the high street shop Timpson, featured in the Guardian’s list of the best shows at the Edinburgh Festival 2018, where it won The Stage Award, and was described by the BBC as “Bonkers but brilliant!”.
Time: 1hr 18mins
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If you are an artist who wants to share your work online with audiences while venues are closed, please email to be added to this page.