Galway Theatre Festival is delighted to present Festival 2021, coming straight to you wherever you are, from April 30 to May 9...

They have a really exciting programme of theatre, works-in-progress, workshops and talks streaming live into living rooms, home offices and bedrooms around the country. Where and how we create, present and experience theatre and performance has changed dramatically in the past 12 months and this year’s GTF programme explores this new relationship with creativity and space.

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Some of the artists from the cancelled 2020 Festival are back with re-imagined productions of their shows; from the award-winning audio play, GirlPlay by the Rampant Collective to Dragon, Fizz and Chips Theatre’s musical piece about toxic masculinity and Tinder. Oxbo Theatre will lead a workshop about the making of theatre based on a true story, looking at the making of their play Waterford Crystal. Also programmed is new work created for, in, and about our experiences of the pandemic, like Spontaneous Theatre People’s Sweet Rock Cáll, a multi-lingual, multi-media international improv theatre piece, exploring what happens when truth, technology and hackers collide.

Take a break in your day and carve out a 15 minute oasis of art with Embodying Glass, a music and dance theatre collaboration between Contempo Quartet, Galway Music Residency and dancer/actor Jérémie Cyr-Cooke, responding to the music of Phillip Glass

The 'Made In Galway' strand will focus on work currently under development, allowing audiences to become part of the devising process, with three very different and exciting new works. Eileen Gibbons invites readers to get involved, to participate, to read, to perform, to comment or simply to observe, in The Common Good. Beluga Theatre and international collaborators Hyemin Han and Bright Ong, present Borders, an exploration of borders in our lives, visible and invisible, in a work-in-progress piece for audiences ages 8 years old and older. Meanwhile, one man’s struggle with alcohol forms the basis of Kevin Murphy’s work-in-progress, Shakes.


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GTF’s Galway2020 project InterAction returns in part, with two artists presenting the next phase of their digital work. Genre.ReWork by Tara Jaye Burke is an interactive blog based experience questioning our relationship with technology and media as consumers, while Eszter Nemethi invites audience members, and theatre practitioners to discuss what it means to be an audience member in our own homes, with Asking the Audience. There’s plenty of opportunity for audiences to get involved in workshops and talks, too, from a hands-on Lighting Design workshop, to a panel discussion on theatre as Gaeilge.

Choosing to work in the arts and be a creative professional is choosing a life of adventure, unpredictability, fulfilment, risk and chaos. Psychologist and musician with The Blizzards, Louize Carroll will lead a session about creativity, vulnerability and how to better look after our mental health.

Despite the restrictions on travel, Cathal McGuire will bring an international element to the programme, in Writing for Objects, a conversation with Canadian theatre maker Francis Monty.

All of the work in the 2021 programme has been imagined and reimagined with the audience in mind - distanced physically from each other, but eager and hungry for creativity and connection nonetheless! For the full Festival line-up and lots more info, check out Tickets on sale on and Eventbrite.