Drum Belly

Drum Belly

  • From Thursday, 1 January 1970
  • To Thursday, 1 January 1970
  • Showing on Abbey stage

Drum Belly

Don’t get greedy… It’s a deadly sin.

It’s 1969. Man has just set foot on the moon. The streets of Brooklyn are tense. A shaky truce between an Irish gang and the Italian mafia must be upheld. Now $100,000 has gone missing and someone will have to pay.

The world premiere of Drum Belly brings together two exciting artists for their Abbey Theatre debut, writer Richard Dormer (best known for his play Hurricane about Northern Irish snooker player Alex Higgins) and director Sean Holmes, Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith in London.

Hold tight as this edgy new thriller draws you deep into New York City’s gritty underworld.

Production Note
Please note Drum Belly contains strong language and violence.
Suitable for ages 16+.

Booking Details

5 April – 11 May on the Abbey stage
Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Sat matinee 2pm
Tickets: €13 – €40 (conc. €13 – €23)

Theatre Test Drive
Take a test drive of our new play Drum Belly from Monday to Wednesday for just €10. Subject to Availability.

Assisted performance details
Sign language and interpreted performance: Thurs 9 May, 7.30pm
Audio-described and captioned performance: Sat 11 May, 2pm

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Reviews: What you said

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I just adored this play. Loved everything about it - music, lack of a set, everything. So well thought out in every respect. Have seen it twice (so far!!) and probably even enjoyed it more the second time. Terrific cast but my favourite had to be Mickey No No - he had me in stitches! Just goes to show - there’s no such thing as a small part!!! Don’t miss it!

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Loved everything about it! Powerful, funny, rockin’ tunes, great acting, and the biggest mess I’ve ever seen on stage… very highly recommended!

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Good to great acting, but I found the script dull and unoriginal.

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Reviews: What the critics said

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‘The greatest gangster film never made’

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The Herald

‘A compelling and strikingly unusual show’

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Metro Herald

‘A fast paced testosterone-fuelled gangster tale with a great soundtrack’

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‘A raucous rollercoaster of black comic satire’

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The Irish Mail on Sunday

‘Stomach-churningly funny’

Sunday Independent

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