Theatre Upstairs in association with the Abbey Theatre

The Ridleys

15 - 26 January 2019

Booking Information

Dates: 15 – 26 January
On the Peacock Stage

Free First Preview: 15 January

Times: 8pm, Sat Matinee 2.30pm

Tickets: €13 – €25 / Conc. €13 – €22

Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes, including an interval

Age Guidance: 16+

Early Bird tickets available until 1 January.

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


The Irish premieres of Philip Ridley's compelling companion plays, Tonight With Donny Stixx and Dark Vanilla Jungle; both darkly hilarious, searingly honest and painfully poetic.

Expect to be surprised. Expect to be amazed. But most of all… expect the unexpected as Donny Stixx transforms into the greatest magician of all time. They want to know why he committed the shocking act. They want to know what is wrong with him. All Donny wants is… his own television show.

Crave a family. Crave a home. Andrea has done more than craved… she has taken extreme lengths to find them. They keep asking is she ashamed of what she did to the soldier. Of what she did to the baby. But Andrea is not ashamed and the mind too will take extreme lengths… to survive.

Theatre Upstairs, the home of new writing, partners for the first time with the Abbey Theatre as Karl Shiels directs riveting talents Katie Honan and Rex Ryan in two stories, presented in one night.

Tonight With Donny Stixx and Dark Vanilla Jungle will be performed each evening – one ticket for both plays.



'A writer who sees not only the worst but also the best in humanity...'
The Guardian

'A writer of daring and satanic imagination...'
The New York Times

'We need writers such as Ridley to take us to these dark crevasses of experience... it all remains with you like a vivid hallucination'
Arts Desk

'No one captures pain, violence and the misery of love gone wrong quite like Philip Ridley'
Daily Telegraph

'Ridley, as ever a master of lyrical unpleasantness... lacerating excruciating theatre, which leaves the audience exhausted and speechless'
Evening Standard



  • Cast: Katie Honan
  • Cast: Rex Ryan
  • Writer: Philip Ridley
  • Director: Karl Shiels
  • Set Design: Naomi Rossini
  • Lighting Design: Eoin Byrne
  • Sound Design: Derek Conaghy
  • Producer: Laura Honan
  • Producer: TV Honan
  • Photography: Keith Dixon
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