• From Wednesday, 14 November 2012
  • To Saturday, 15 December 2012
  • Showing on Peacock stage
  • Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes. No interval


Quietly is a powerful human story about violence and forgiveness.

Do you want to know why I’m here?

Northern Ireland are playing Poland on the TV.

Jimmy and Ian, two middle aged Belfast men are meeting tonight for the first time. They have a shared past. They need to talk.

Quietly is a powerful story about violence and forgiveness.

The Abbey Theatre is proud to present this new play from Owen Mc Cafferty, making his Dublin debut as part of the Great Irish Writers Season.

Starring two of Ireland’s best loved actors Declan Conlon and Patrick O’Kane and Polish actor, Robert Zawadzki, Quietly is directed by Jimmy Fay, Associate Artist at the Abbey Theatre.

‘Excellent performances’, ‘A spiritual lesson about time and healing’ – Irish Examiner

‘highly charged’, ‘powerful and resonant’ – Sunday Business Post

Booking Details:

Wednesday 14 November – Saturday 15 December
Previews: Wednesday 14 – Monday 19 November
Monday – Saturday 8pm, Saturday Matinee 2.30pm
On the Peacock stage

Assisted performances:
Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 6 December
Matinee club: Saturday 8 December

Ticket prices: €18 – €25 (€13 – €25 Concession)

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Reviews: What you said

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Sometimes a play needs bells and whistles to make its point but the beauty of this piece is in its simplicity. Irish theatre has been presenting conversations in pubs for decades, but the tension in this particular dialogue is palpable, the message is subtle and the acting immense. Congrats to everyone.
p.s. Maybe the reason why so many Irish plays are set in pubs is because we need to be pissed to tell the truth?

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If this play doesn’t move you, then you have no soul. In my 20 years in Belfast, never have I seen the banality of the the troubles and the personal devastation it caused expressed so simply and so understandably. I left feeling this play has done more to deal with the troubles in one our, than the politicians have done in 20 years.

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Reviews: What the critics said

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‘All three performances are gripping and nuanced’
‘Patrick O’Kane is extraordinary’

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‘Quietly is gripping’
‘Fine performances’

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Irish Times

‘Viscerally honest play with gripping writing and acting’

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Irish Mail on Sunday

‘A satisfying piece of new theatre’

Sunday Times

‘highly charged’
‘powerful and resonant’

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Sunday Business Post

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