The Show Must Go On!

DBF-2019-EventImages-600x900.inddWith Caitríona Daly, David Horan, Stewart Roche and Ciara Elizabeth Smyth

In conversation with Sara Keating

In Association with The Stinging Fly

Saturday 16 November

Time: 2.00pm – 3.15pm 

Venue: Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre

€8/€6 concession, Booking advised


Bewley’s Café Theatre, the home of quality lunchtime theatre in Dublin, has been putting on show after show since first opening its doors in 1999. Alongside a repertoire of classic one-acts from the likes of Shaw, Wilde and O’Casey, the venue also produces and showcases new plays, providing a platform for the brightest and best of new acting, directing and writing talent. Artistic Director David Horan is joined by three emerging playwrights – Caitríona Daly, Stewart Roche and Ciara Elizabeth Smyth – for a lively and informative discussion with arts journalist and critic Sara Keating on the highs and lows they experience presenting and producing theatre in Ireland today. This event coincides with The Stinging Fly’s publication of Freshly Brewed: Volume Two, a second anthology of plays produced at Bewley’s Café Theatre in recent years, which includes work from the three playwrights.


Caitríona Daly is a playwright from Dublin. She is a graduate from The Lir Academy and the Royal Court’s Young Playwrights Programme and an alumnus of the Irish Theatre Institute’s Six in the Attic initiative. Her plays have been produced both nationally and internationally. Most recently she was nominated for the Fishamble New Writing Award in 2017 and an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play in 2016. She is currently under commission with Fishamble: The New Play Company.

Ciara Elizabeth Smyth is a playwright and theatre artist from Dublin. In 2017 her debut full-length play All honey was presented as part of Dublin Fringe Festival & received the Fishamble New Writing Award. In 2018 her play Pacemaker was shortlisted for Fishamble’s A Play for Ireland initiative & she was awarded Writer in Residence in The New Theatre. She presented We Can’t Have Monkeys in the House as her residency production, which then transferred to the Peacock Stage in August 2019 for the inaugural Young Curators Festival. Ciara was also chosen as the playwright for Rough Magic SEEDS Programme 2018-2020 and to participate in Abbey Works 2019 in the Abbey Theatre.

Sara Keating is a writer, storyteller and cultural journalist. She writes a monthly review column for The Irish Times, and a weekly theatre column for the Sunday Business Post. She is Associate Writer with the dlr Mountains to Sea Book Festival for 2019.

David Horan is a theatre director and playwright. He is the Artistic Director of Bewley’s Café Theatre and a core Acting Tutor at The Lir Academy. Most recently, he co-wrote and co-directed CLASS with Iseult Golden, which played the Bush Theatre in London, won an Edinburgh Fringe First and a ZeBBie Award from the Writers Guild of Ireland for Best Theatre Script in 2018.

Stewart Roche’s first play ‘Curious Tales for Christmas’ had its world premiere at Theatre Upstairs in December 2012 and has been published by Black Box publishing. His adaptation of Stoker’s short story ‘The Judge’s House’ ran in Bewley’s Café Theatre in 2013. A subsequent production came runner-up in the All-Ireland One Act Finals. His first original full-length play ‘Revenant’ had its world premiere in the New Theatre in November 2013 and was nominated for the Stewart Parker Award. Other plays include ‘Variance’, ‘Tracer’ and ‘Snake Eaters’. In August 2018, his play ‘The Fetch Wilson’ premiered at the Pleasance in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.