Dublin Theatre Festival

The Gate Theatre

Stella by Starlight

By Bernard Farrell

Venue Gate Theatre

Directed by Ben Barnes

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In this, the world premiere of Bernard Farrell's first play for the Gate Theatre, comet crashes conspire to parallel the emotional turmoil of a family coming to terms with shattered dreams, the Internet and life in the Wicklow Hills. It is a play that is at times moving, often hilarioud and always as topical as today's news.

Bernard Farrell is one of Ireland's best loved and most popular playwrights. His first play I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell premiered at the Abbey in 1979 and has since been revived there twice. His second play Canariies was first presented in 1980 and also enjoyed a recent revival. His comedy Say Cheese premiered in 1987 and was extremely successful. His latest plays The Last Apache Reunion and Happy Birthday, Dear Alice also met with acclaim from audiences and critics alike.

The Gate Theatre is delighted to welcome back Ben Barnes to direct the premiere of Stella by Starlight. This is his sixth collaboration with Bernard Farrell, having previously directed All The Way Back, Say Cheese, The Last Apaché Reunion, Canaries and I Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell. Ben Barnes decade-long associations with the Gate spans many productions, most recently John B. Keane's Sharon's Grave in 1995 and Footfalls, Rough for Theatre I and Rockaby for tje Gate's Beckett Festival, which was presented at the inaugural Lincoln Centre Festival 1996 in New York this Summer and internationally acclaimed as "unquestionally the event of the new theatrical Season"

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