Making an unholy show of themselves

This year’s Dublin Theatre Festival is packed with provocative productions. Sara Keating previews some of the highlights

16th September, 2018
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

In 1958, the second Dublin Theatre Festival was cancelled after Archbishop John Charles McQuaid refused to give the ambitious programme his blessing. In those days, the beginning of the festival was marked by an opening Mass, and McQuaid, mindful of the inclusion of work by three of Ireland’s most prolific and controversial writers - Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Sean O’Casey - embargoed the spiritual celebrations.

As the festival administrators tried to...

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