An Abbey Theatre and Soho Theatre co-production

Citysong (Dublin, London, Galway)

25 May - 28 July 2019

by Dylan Coburn Gray

Booking Information

Dates: 25 May – 8 June | On the Abbey Stage

12 June – 6 July | Soho Theatre, London

23 – 28 July | Galway International Arts Festival

Free First Preview: 25 May

Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Sat Matinees 2pm | Wed Matinee (5 June) 2pm

Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €30

Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes approx with no interval

Early Bird tickets available until 15 April.

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 212

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 6 June, 7:30pm

Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 8 June, 2:00pm

The Abbey Theatre and Soho Theatre co-produce the world premiere of Dylan Coburn Gray's Verity Bargate Award-winning play.

Citysong is a play. It’s a poem. It’s a chorus of voices showing us three generations of a Dublin family on one day, and it turns out one day holds the entire past.

There are teen discos, late night taxis, home nurses, Jewish launderettes, vigilantes, babies, immigrants, seagulls. It’s intimate and sweeping, it’s cerebral and compassionate, it’s joyous and ridiculous.

It’s modern day Dublin’s Under Milk Wood via Metamorphoses. (Not the book about the cockroach.) It’s different things at different times, which makes sense seeing as it’s about change.

Transformations. Births and deaths, sunderings and returns, time and love.


Out of the Abbey 

Supported by Culture Ireland.


'fluid and finely tuned production'
The Sunday Business Post

'Dublin shimmers in poetic celebration of the cycle of life'
The Guardian

'A versatile cast and evocative setting bring to life Dylan Coburn Gray's award-winning script'
The Guardian

'cleverly and smoothly staged and acted'
Irish Mail on Sunday

'through the intimacy of poetry, individual lives are both warmly witnessed and changed forever.'
The Irish Times

'poetic masterpiece…the six strong cast are all magnificent…'
The Arts Review

'Coburn Gray’s lyrical prowess proves second to none and, along with McLaughlin, ensures Citysong delivers poetry in word and motion.'
The Arts Review

'Poignant, lyrical and gorgeously written portrait of Dublin life'
The Stage

'beautifully drawn and acted'
Sunday Independent

Audience Reaction 

Production Images 

© Ros Kavanagh




Irish Sign Language Interpreted Performance 



  • Cast: Amy Conroy
  • Cast: Jade Jordan
  • Cast: Bláithín Mac Gabhann
  • Cast: Daryl McCormack
  • Cast: Clare McKenna
  • Cast: Dan Monaghan
  • Writer: Dylan Coburn Gray
  • Director: Caitríona McLaughlin
  • Set and Costume Design: Sarah Bacon
  • Lighting Design: Paul Keogan
  • Composer and Sound Design: Adrienne Quartly
  • Movement Director: Sue Mythen
  • Voice Director: Andrea Ainsworth
  • Associate Sound Designer: Jennifer O’Malley
  • Casting: Maureen Hughes and Sarah Jones
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