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Check out our list below for plays and shows suitable for school-going children at primary and post-primary level.

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The Giant Blue Hand
The Ark
Acclaimed playwright Marina Carr brings us to a world where things aren’t quite what you expect. Join us in this adventure where children must be braver than adults if they are ever to recover those they love. Age 7+
Start: 02/10 End: 02/20 Admission: Schools €6.50 / €4.50*
Phone: 01 6707788
11 Eustace Street, Templebar Dublin
King Lear
The Helix
Directed by long time Royal Shakespeare Company member Donnacadh O’Briain, together with RSC associate artist Gerard Murphy as King Lear. Shakespeare’s most modern of plays is brought to life in an unflinchingly contemporary, yet inherently theatrical production. This Lear is set in a nation born out of civil war, and raised in the hothouse of the bitter northern conflict, now the gangsters have taken over – and we watched them do it.
Start: 02/24 End: 03/20 Admission: €25/ €22 Conc. / €18 Schools
Phone: 01 700 7115
Glasnevin, D9 Dublin
Misteir ag an gCaisleán / Mystery at the Castle
The Helix
Looking for an event for Seachtain na Gaeilge? Tá rud éigean áit ar suíl sa Chaisleán. An mbeidh Bógaí Ó Loinsigh, an bleachtaire cáiliúil, ábalta an mhistéir a réitiú? Bilingual Drama suitable for Primary school children and all the young at heart. No perf 7th/8th March , 2 shows daily 10.30am & 12.00pm
Start: 03/02 End: 03/13 Admission: Schools price - €10 payable on booking e:
Phone: 087 0621182
DCU, Collins Ave Dublin
Emmanuel 09 - Celebrating Liturgical Music in our Schools
The Helix
The Dublin Diocesan Commission for Sacred Music presents Emmanuel 09. Emmanuel is a project of the Dublin Diocesan Commission for Sacred Music and promotes the use of Sacred Music in Secondary Schools. Over 40 Schools and their choirs will participate in a spectacular evening of music from this programme. The orchestra, massed choirs will be conducted by Ian Callanan, a member of the Music Commission.
Start: 03/11 End: 03/12 Times: 8pm Admission: €15, Conc. €10
Phone: 01 700 7115
Mahony Hall, Glasnevin, D 9 Dublin
Boy with a Suitcase
Civic Theatre
Boy with a Suitcase is the story of a 12 year old war refugee, who undertakes a long journey to find asylum in another country. He carries with him only a suitcase, containing few belongings, and the many stories his family has told him throughout his childhood. A gritty tale of our time, this is cutting-edge theatre for young audiences. Naz’s journey throws a spotlight on the real dangers faced by children in other parts of the world, beyond the relative security of life in Ireland. Suitable for children 8-12 years. School Performances Tues – Thurs 10:00am & 12:30pm, Fri 10:00am
Start: 03/31 End: 04/03
Phone: 01 4627477
Tallaght, D24 Dublin
What a Wonder World
Half Moon Theatre
What a Wonderful World! is an “early years” play for children ages 2 to 5. The story of how the world was made is told with words, music and everyday objects that are magically transformed in the hands of Lyngo, a theatre company acclaimed for their pioneering work for the very youngest audiences
Start: 05/30 End: 06/01 Admission: €102pm & 4pm
Phone: 021-4270022
Cork Opera House
Peter Pan
Half Moon Theatre
Ideal for families and school groups, PETER PAN is told through a brilliant fusion of shadow puppetry and vibrant storytelling. Peter, Captain Hook, Wendy and the Lost Boys play out their adventures in a Neverland unlike any seen before on stage. This thrilling and surprising show is perfect for those aged eight and beyond -- especially those who have never grown up! Wed 3 - Sat 6 June and Wed 17 – Sat 20 June
Start: 06/03 End: 06/20 Admission: €16
Phone: 021-4270022
Cork Opera House
Spreacha 2009 - Fingal’s International Arts Festival for Children
It’s the sixth annual Spréacha Festival at Draíocht in Blanchardstown this June. The magical seven day Festival line up includes theatre performances, dance, storytelling and puppetry for children aged between 2 and 12 years & their families. With a top ticket price of just €5, you’d be mad to miss out on the ‘sparkling’ Spréacha Festival 2009. The festival’s magic extends to schools with dance and puppet workshops galore.
Start: 06/08 End: 06/14
Phone: 01-8852622
Blanchardstown, D15 Dublin