THISISPOPBABY has announce the return of the theatrical show WAKE to the National Stadium next March 2024 for a three week run.
The show is big hearted state-of-the-nation fun-night out using an Irish wake as its structure, featuring live music, dance, circus, aerial, drag, trad, spoken word and performance, and it returns to the National Stadium in Dublin from March 6th to March 24th 2024.
The show features writing by Carys D. Coburn (who most recently wrote Hothouse, by Malaprop) and the cast includes spoken word artist Felicia Olusanya (Felispeaks), musician Alma Kelliher (aka Lux Alma), Adam Matthews (of the band Phoeno), Aisling Ní Cheallaigh (aerialist specialising in hoop), Darren Roche (Accordian player, traditional musician with band Moxie), Deirdre Griffin (dancer / choreographer), Emer Dineen ( actor and singer who stars in the Abbey Theatre’s The Quare Fellow), Ryan McClelland (drummer), Jade O’Connor (Kerry dancer and singer, Femme Bizarre Theatre Company), Lisette Krol (world champion pole artist from Venezuela), Lucia McPartlin (traditional musician and fiddle player), Michael Roberson (American Irish dancer) and Philip Connaughton – Choreographer, dancer, longtime collaborator of THISISPOPBABY.
More info, presale and booking at waketheshow.com. General sale is this Friday November 10th at 10am.
National Stadium, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 March @ 7.30pm / Tickets €25 – €45 (+booking fee)
Saturday 9 March (2 shows) @ 7.00pm + 9.30pm / Tickets €25 – €45 (+booking fee)
Runs: Tuesday 12 – Friday 15 March @ 7.30pm / Tickets €25 – €45 (+booking fee)
Tuesday 19 – Friday 22 March @ 7.30pm / Tickets €25 – €45 (+booking fee)
Saturday 16 + Saturday 23 March (2 shows) @ 7.00pm + 9.30pm / Tickets €25 – €45 (+booking fee)
VIP TICKETS: €99 (+booking fee)
Running Time: 90 mins approx. (no interval)
WAKE is a howling, raucous, soul-stirring celebration of community, regeneration, and the magic of collective catharsis. It’s an adrenaline shot for the city, which embraces the ecstasy of letting go, the wild abandon of the all-nighter and the beauty of transformation in a rabble-rousing night of gut-punching theatre, soaring spoken word, stomping beats and outrageous circus.
Philip Connaughton / Emer Dineen / Deirdre Griffin / Alma Kelliher / Lisette Krol / Adam Matthews / Ryan McClelland / Lucia McPartlin / Aisling Ní Cheallaigh / Felicia Olusanya / Jade O’Connor / Michael Roberson / Darren Roche
Directed by Jennifer Jennings & Phillip McMahon
With text from Carys D Coburn
Music Composition, Sound Design & Musical Direction by Alma Kelliher
Choreographed by Philip Connaughton
Set & Graphic Design by Niall Sweeney
Lighting Design by Mark Galione
Costume Design by Julian Smyth
Produced by Carla Rogers & Matt Smyth
Photo (above) by Ruth Medjber
WAKE  was created by Jennifer Jennings, Phillip McMahon & Niall Sweeney, which was originally created with support of The Arts Council of Ireland, Irish Arts Center New York, Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin City Council & Cork Opera House.
About THISISPOPBABY / WAKE
With Dublin as our base, muse and backdrop, THISISPOPBABY has been igniting stages around the world for seventeen years with an exhilarating mix of theatre, night club, festival and activism.
The company has thrived at the cutting edge of contemporary live performance in Ireland, pioneering large-scale shows such as WAKE, RIOT and Alice In Funderland, incendiary multidisciplinary festivals Where We Live and Queer Notions, iconic underground performance like WERK and Salty, and via award-winning contemporary new writing.
To date, the work has played to audiences of over 400,000, collaborating with an innumerable number of incredible artists to light up our cities and speak to the world through the lens of what it means to be Irish. Innovation is in the company’s veins, the work provokes change, and every THISISPOPBABY show inspires, entertains – and shocks! – in the most glittering way.
“WAKE is the moment we’ve all been waiting for” – THE IRISH TIMES ★★★★★
“Think Riverdance for the Club Queens” – Buzz.ie ★★★★★
“An adrenaline shot of joy to the heart” – The Arts Review ★★★★★
“WAKE is the best show in town” – The Arts Review ★★★★★
“One of the best things you’ll experience all year” – Joe.ie ★★★★★