TU Dublin Conservatoire presents

Girls Like That / The Panel

13 - 16 February 2019

Booking Information

Dates: 13 – 16 February
On the Peacock Stage

Times: Wed – Sat 8pm, Sat Matinee 2.30pm

Tickets: €15 / Conc. €12

Running time: 2 hours, including an interval

Recommended for ages 12+, contains strong language and adult themes

A double bill of Girls Like That by Evan Placey and The Panel by Zinnie Harris

Girls Like That 

“The problem with girls like that is they ruin it for everyone. They give all girls a bad name.”

When a naked photo of teenager, Scarlett, goes viral, she becomes the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons. As rumours run wild and everyone forms an opinion, Scarlett is vilified, not only by boys, eagerly sharing her image, but also by the close-knit group of girls who have been her friends since the age of five. She tries to stay silent, but the battle lines have been drawn and the arguments rage around her, creating intolerable pressures.

Evan Placey’s explosive play uses black humour, music and dance to explore the double standards of male and female sexuality and the devastating way in which social media can affect people’s perceptions of themselves and others. Girls Like That asks uncomfortable questions about gender roles and feminism in the Facebook age.

The Panel 

“It’s a point of principle. You make your appointment because of the performance that you see in front of you.”

The last of the candidates has just left the room, the clock is ticking, there’s a train to catch and an all-male panel must decide who to appoint. But what is really motivating them and whose agenda will prevail when choosing the successful applicant? In the course of this dark comedy, a panel of unreconstructed men reveal their own deeply sexist attitudes as they debate the shortcomings of a series of women candidates.


'Placey’s play explores much more than Mean Girls’ syndrome. It’s viciously funny, but the bitchiness is grounded in the girls’ insecurities, and it poses an urgent question: how did the generations of women who fought for the vote, equality of opportunity, rights in the workplace and for control over their own bodies give birth to daughters who are so insecure, judgmental and unsisterly?'
The Guardian on Girls Like That

'Zinnie Harris' playlet is a mordantly funny look at the pompous, variously prejudiced deliberations of an all-male selection committee who are tasked with choosing a manager from a women-only short list.'
The Independent on The Panel


  • Cast: Alixandra Bailey
  • Cast: Conor Coyne
  • Cast: Rebecca Duff
  • Cast: Nicole Edgerton
  • Cast: Lir Garrett O’Donoghue
  • Cast: Paige Leavy
  • Cast: Muirenn Lyons
  • Cast: Kevin McMahon
  • Cast: Sean McManus
  • Cast: Ashlyn O’Neill
  • Cast: Mark O’Reilly
  • Cast: Aoife O’Rourke
  • Cast: Joseph Ryan
  • Cast: Orla Scally

  • Understudy: Ross Fitzpatrick
  • Girls Like That written by: Evan Placey
  • The Panel written by: Zinnie Harris
  • Director: Bairbre Ní Chaoimh
  • Producer: Andrea Basquille
  • Movement Director: Paula O’Reilly
  • Set & Costume Design: Jack Scullion
  • Lighting Design: Kevin Smith
  • Sound Design: Ewan Cowley
  • Stage Manager: Fiona Fitzpatrick
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Mark O'Reilly
  • By arrangement with: Nick Hern Books
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