The Abbey Theatre in a co-production with The Complex

Dublin Will Show You How

4 - 13 April 2019

Booking Information

4 – 6 April at the Abbey Theatre
10 – 13 April at The Complex, 21-25 Arran St East, Dublin 7

8pm and Sat Matinee 2.30pm

€18 / Conc. €15

Running time:
2 hours including an interval

A new play by Tracy Martin about the lived experiences of women immersed in the culture of gangland crime.

Dublin Will Show You How is a provocative play that offers a gut-wrenching glimpse into the intimidation and isolation of women living in the culture of coercion and crime. It speaks of oppression and ultimately women’s ostracisation, where you cannot leave your home for fear of hearing or seeing something you shouldn’t, or being implicated in somebody else’s business. It is based in the north inner city of Dublin but it is about women everywhere and their survival.

“Fifteen off ‘tricity. Fifteen off the gas. Ten euro off the uniform … twenty for the weed. Eighteen euro for the blues. No, fuck that – ‘tricity can wait, so can the gas and I’ll just have to explain in the school.”

Dublin Will Show You How is based on a concept by Vanessa Fielding, Artistic Director of The Complex, and inspired by workshops with women from the north inner city of Dublin as part of the Browbeating Project, a collaboration between the Abbey Theatre and The Complex.

Supported by Dublin City Council, the Arts Council, North West Inner City Partnership, the SAOL Project, the Snug Counselling Service, High Hopes Choir and the National Women’s Council of Ireland.


This play features scenes of domestic abuse and references to suicide. Please also be advised of the use of raw egg in this production.

Image credit: Geta Brătescu, Către alb (Autoportret in șapte secvențe) / Towards White (Self-portrait in seven sequences), 1975, photomontage of seven b/w photographs, 31 x 82 cm; photography: Mihai Brătescu; courtesy of the artist; collection of Instituto Inhotim, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, MoMA New York, The National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, Kontakt Collection Vienna.


This production will first run at the Abbey Theatre and will then move to The Complex. Please double-check your choice of venue for completing your booking.

4 – 6 April at the Abbey Theatre | Book tickets

10 – 13 April at The Complex, 21-25 Arran St East, Dublin 7 | Book tickets


‘This is Irish theatre at its best’
The Reviews Hub

‘a brutally honest glimpse into life at the extreme depths of poverty in Dublin’
Broadway World

Production Images 

Photography by Ros Kavanagh



  • Tina: Karen Ardiff
  • James and others: Thommas Kane Byrne
  • Josie, Marie and others: Liz Fitzgibbon
  • Shane and others: Luke Griffin
  • Ensemble: Ciara Ivie
  • Joan and others: Denise McCormack
  • Cathleen and others: Leah Moore
  • Leo and others: David O'Meara

  • Writer: Tracy Martin
  • Director and Producer: Vanessa Fielding
  • Producer: Phil Kingston
  • Set and Costume Designer: Sarah Jane Foley
  • Audiovisual and Lighting Designer: Conleth White
  • Sound Designer: Vincent Doherty
  • Production Manager: Stephen Bourke
  • Voice Director: Andrea Ainsworth
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