About the production

DYT presents a look back at the last 40 Years

A retrospective look back at the work of Dublin Youth Theatre since its foundation in 1977. It will be a fun evening, with some famous faces, a trip down memory lane with archive footage, performances by members young and not so young and chance to re-discover some of the innovative, exciting, relevant work for and by young people DYT has produced in the last 40 years.

Duration: 2:30:00

Suitable 14+

An Comhairle Ealion/The Arts Council, Dublin City Council Arts Office, City of Dublin Youth Services Board

Directed By:
Paddy O’Dwyer
Peter Sheridan
Madeline Boughton
Tom Creed
Deirdre Molloy
Ursula McGinn
John White
Veronica Coburn


Dublin Youth Theatre
Dublin Youth Theatre successfully delivers quality creative experiences that promote artistic, personal and social development for young people aged 14 to 22 in Dublin through a full and varied drama workshop programme and the production of excellent, exciting and challenging theatre made by young people. DYT is committed to maintaining a high artistic standard in its productions and to engaging with contemporary theatre and youth theatre on a local, national and international level. DYT engages leading theatre artists and skilled, experienced youth theatre practitioners to deliver its artistic programme.

DYT places itself at the centre of cultural life in Dublin and is a permanent home for an ongoing ensemble of young theatre artists. DYT is a safe, welcoming place where members can meet other young people from all parts of Dublin in a fun, artistic and social environment. DYT is open to all young people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, national origin, sexual orientation, ability or faith.


Devised by Ciarán Gray and Kevin Murphy


1983 Midsummer Night’s Dream

Written by: William Shakespeare

Directed by: Madeline Boughton

Cast: David Parnell, Gabrielle Breathnach, Maura Howe, Sean Kennedy


1988 Plough and the Stars

Written by: Sean O’Casey

Directed by: Paddy O’Dwyer

Cast: Deirdre Molloy, Joe Hanley, Laurence Lowry


1989 Children of Eve

Written by: Peter Sheridan

Directed by:  Peter Sheridan

Cast: Aibhe Cowley, Lee Stafford


1993 Elbows Off

Written by: John White and Original Cast

Directed by: John White

Cast: Anna Galligan, Betty Duffy, Dave Kelly, Debbie Murphy, Graham O’Neil, Jacinta Sheerin, Laurence Lowry, Mark Ball, Roseanne Smith


1993 The Girls of Summer

Written by: Gerard Stembridge

Directed by: Ursula McGinn

Cast: Ali Dempsey McMahon, Clarabelle Murphy, Pippa Moloney, Rosa Bowden, Roseanne Smith, Caroline Flood


1997 Buzzin’ to Bits 

Written by: Mark O’Rowe

Directed by: Veronica Coburn

Cast: Alan King, Betty Duffy, Jacinta Sheerin, Maria Schweppe, Patrick Fagan, Sean Doyle


2015 Show me Love

Written by: Colin Thornton

Directed by: Deirdre Molloy

Cast: Ghaliah Conroy, Isaac Jones



Written by: Helena Enright and Tom Creed

Directed by: Tom Creed

Cast: Aoife Connolly O’Sullivan, Caroline Flood, Jessie Flynn, Leah Minto, Luka Costello, Sibeal Ni Maoileoin


A special thank you goes to Cian, JC and the whole team at the Project Arts Centre, The Makeup Crew, Debbie Murphy, Ariane Caltran, Kathryn Wills, Bryan Craver, Gary Flood, Chris O’Brien, Valerie Bistany, Tom Burke, Margaret Callan, Sarah Fitzgibbon, Emer McGowan, Martin Murphy, Paddy O’Dwyer, Willie White, Diego Fasciati, and Jack Cawley.

Directed by: Dave Kelly

Produced by: Ella Daly

Production Manager: Aidan Crowe

Lighting Design by: Sarah-Jane Shiels and Eamon Fox

Video and Sound Operator: John Gunning

ASMs: Seán Talbot and Ceri-May Thomas

Make-up by: Karen Cafferly and Gabriella Herrara of The Makeup Crew

Video Inserts

Produced and directed by: Gary Flood

Filmed and edited by Chris O’Brien

Graphic Design by: Trish Fox

DYT General Manager: Sarah Bragg-Bolger