Youth Theatre Ireland presents the National Youth Theatre

Like We Were Born To Move

14 - 19 August 2023

Written by Eimear Hussey

Directed by Niall Cleary

Booking Information

Dates: 14 – 19 August
On the Peacock stage 

Tickets: €18 – €25 / €13 – 20 conc.

Times: Mon – Sat 8 pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm

Running time: Approx. 2 hours and 20 minutes, including interval

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 17 August, 8:00pm

Relaxed performance: Tuesday 15 August, 8:00pm

For the 2023 National Youth Theatre, director Niall Cleary and playwright Eimear Hussey have worked with an ensemble of sixteen young actors and four young designers from youth theatres across Ireland over the last eighteen months to create a new play about dance, care, and agency.

How long do you wait for your Mam to come home before you have to do something about it? Who gets to fall apart? Who just has to cope? Why does asking for help feel impossible when it’s something everyone needs?

Like We Were Born To Move is about waiting to be old enough to make your own decisions, and how terrifying it is when you realise you finally have to. It’s about dancers and dancing, adultified youths, and systems of care.

There are catty siblings, guilty daughters, and Mam friends, fragile bodies, half-lies and honest ones. It’s about the work we’re not paid for, the pain you shouldn’t ignore, and that boyfriend you really should break up with.



As part of A Vision For National Youth Theatre Programme 2020 – 2023 by Veronica Coburn.

Relaxed Performance 

The performance on 15th August at 8pm will be a relaxed performance. This means there will be a relaxed approach to noise during the show and audience members are free to move about or leave the auditorium as they need. You find out more about what to expect from the relaxed performance here.

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