An Abbey Theatre and THEATREclub co-production

It was easy (in the end)

27 April - 4 May 2019

by Grace Dyas

Booking Information

Dates: 27 April – 4 May
On the Abbey Stage

Preview: 27 April

Free performance: 3 May

Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm

Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €30

Running Time: 3 hours and 10 minutes including a 20 minute interval

You are free to leave and re-enter the auditorium throughout the performance.

Age Guidance: 16+

Early Bird tickets available until 22 March

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

In a modern-day interpretation of Hamlet, a cast of thirteen humans and one frog imagines what would happen if art could end capitalism... and then tries it.

The time is out of joint. The future belongs to ghosts. We can’t create anything new.

We are haunted by the feeling that something is not right.

This is the best time in the history of the world to be alive.

A company of millennial artists has moved off the grid to live by a new philosophy. This explosive docudrama is their story.

Žižek said, “It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.” Their story will prove, it was actually quite easy in the end.

THEATREclub explores imagination as an act of resistance.

THEATREclub are a Dublin-based theatre collective who celebrated ten years in operation last year. They make work about communities, with communities. With shows like HEROIN, The Game, It’s Not Over and I’m Not Here, they have built a reputation for engaging new audiences and vocalising the things on everyone’s minds.

It was easy (in the end) will run for 3 hours and 10 minutes, including a 20-minute interval. You are free to come and go throughout the performance.



'A company that is helping to change the nature of Irish theatre, or at least valiantly trying to rewire it'
The Irish Times


Images © Dorje de Burgh



  • Pom Boyd: Gertrude; THEATREclub Pom; THEATREclub therapeutic facilitator; Foxconn performance coach pretending to be a therapist; a community worker with Inner City Helping Homeless; a person who is homeless; Ophelia Group Pom
  • Shane Daniel Byrne: Marcellus; THEATREclub Shane; Foxconn S; Patrick who is homeless
  • Doireann Coady: Doireann; cult leader of THEATREclub; CEO of Foxconn; leader of the Ophelia Group
  • Gemma Collins: THEATREclub Gemma; Foxconn G; Philip who is homeless; Ophelia Group Gemma
  • Lloyd Cooney: Francisco; Laertes; THEATREclub Lloyd; Foxconn L; Mark who is homeless; Ray/Raymie who works in the Absent Factory
  • John Cronin: Horatio; THEATREclub John; Foxconn J; Jonathan who is homeless
  • Eva-Jane Gaffney: THEATREclub Eva-Jane; Foxconn EJ; Erica who is homeless; Daniel who is homeless; Ophelia Group Eva-Jane; Laura (Hayleigh for short), the cleaner of the Absent Factory
  • Breffni Holahan: Claudius; THEATREclub Breffni; Foxconn BH, the instigator of the Hamlet reading group; Carl 1 who is homeless; Ophelia Group Breffni; a woman in power
  • Neil Keery: THEATREclub Neil; Foxconn Ophelia N; Sammy who is homeless; Ophelia Group Neil
  • Tony May Junior: Barnardo; THEATREclub TMJ; Foxconn T; Darren who is homeless; Nathan who sells drugs and guns in the Absent Factory
  • Barry O'Connor: Hamlet; THEATREclub Barry; Foxconn B playing Hamlet; Tommy who is homeless; Tommy who is homeless, playing Hamlet
  • Eoin Winning: THEATREclub Eoin; Foxconn Polonius E; a Minister for Housing; Brendan, owner of the Absent Factory
  • Writer: Grace Dyas
  • Director: Doireann Coady
  • Set and Costume Designer: Molly O'Cathain
  • Lighting Designer: Eoin Winning
  • Assistant Lighting Designer: John Gunning
  • Sound Designer: Frank Sweeney
  • Choreographer and Associate Artist: Ruairí Ó'Donnabháin
  • Researcher and Associate Artist: Sophie Meehan
  • Costume Supervisor: Aoife Eustace-Doyle
  • Design Assistant: Natasha Bertram
  • Designing the Audience: Clare O'Connor
  • Therapeutic Supervisor: Trish Nannery
  • Production Manager: Rob Furey
  • Stage Manager: Fiona Keller
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Jennifer Aust
  • Producer: Ciara Elizabeth Smyth
  • Publicity Image: Dorje de Burgh
  • Videography: Areaman
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