Dublin Theatre Festival


The Blue Boy

Devised and directed by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan

Venue The Lir
Date 6 Oct - 8 Oct 7.30pm
9 Oct 6.00pm
11 Oct - 15 Oct 7.30pm
15 Oct 3.00pm
16 Oct 6.00pm
Duration 1hr 15mins (approx. no interval)

Music by Seán Millar

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Following the phenomenal success of Silver Stars in 2009, Brokentalkers return to the Festival with this powerful new show, which deals with the experiences of men and women who were incarcerated as children in Catholic residential care institutions.

A haunting and moving piece, this highly anticipated new show has already been described as one of the theatrical highlights of 2010 following its In Development presentation at last year’s Festival. With choreography from internationally renowned Eddie Kay (DV8/Frantic Assembly) and original music by Seán Millar (writer of Silver Stars), The Blue Boy combines live performance and recorded interviews with multi-media and film, and gives fresh theatrical voice to recently revealed stories of childhood abuse in Ireland.

The Blue Boy is a co-production with Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival, LÓKAL Theatre Festival Reykjavík, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen, Korjaamo Theatre/ Stage Festival Helsinki and the Cork Midsummer Festival with generous support from the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Culture Ireland.

Contains material that some may find disturbing.

Brokentalkers are part of PROJECT CATALYST, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.

The matinée performance on Oct 15 at 3pm will be audio-described. For more information on audio-described performances, please visit

Listen to the Brokentalkers - Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon talk about The Blue Boy

TALKING THEATRE Feidlim Cannon, Gary Keegan and Séan Millar in conversation. Oct 11, Post-show 8.45pm (approx).

"Their intellectual and artistic ambition is impressive, as is the moral force driving their work." Irish Independent on The Blue Boy

"It is powerfully physical, haunting material." The Financial Times

"Extraordinary... its effect is simply devastating" The Irish Times on Silver Stars