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From a dark background, five cast members are seated in a row at a table and making sound with a variety of handheld instruments.

Performance: ‘In the Dark’ at the Hugh Lane Gallery

29 Feb - 1 Mar 2024 (Past)

Hugh Lane Gallery, Charlemont House, Parnell Square, Dublin

In the Dark, a live audio play, brings to life dramatic turning points in the lives of five people who are blind or have a visual impairment.

In the Dark begins it’s national tour at Hugh Lane Gallery, following successful sell-out runs at Rua Red Arts Centre and Draíocht, Blanchardstown in 2022. In the Dark is an immersive surround sound experience where the audience can wear blindfolds, and all the sound effects and music are performed live. They are stories of adversity, adventure and determination.

A man in his thirties hopes to regain his sight in a transplant operation, another loses his in a matter of weeks, while one young girl dreams of riding a bicycle again after her brain operation, another faces a cruel medical system, and a young man must go to a cliff edge in Wales to find his limits.

In the Dark is showing at the Hugh Lane Gallery on the 29 February at 7pm and Friday 1 March at 3pm. Tickets are now available at hughlane.ie, advance booking required. Should you wish to book a place over the telephone please contact Joseph Shannon at 01 222 55 60.

You can also see In the Dark at the following venues and dates:

Mick Lally Theatre Galway 6 March

Solstice Arts Centre Navan 7 March

Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise 14 March 

Wexford Arts Centre 21 March

In the Dark tour is supported by ReThink Ireland and South Dublin Arts Office. Original production supported by Creative Ireland South Dublin, with Rua Red Arts Centre, and Contact Studio. Development supported by Abbey Theatre 5×5. Sightless Cinema is supported by South Dublin Arts Office in partnership with the NCBI.

Image: ‘In the Dark’ cast members Sinead McDonagh, Tony Scanlon, John O’Brien, Martin Kelly, Theresa Lavin and Paul Norton. Photo by Simon Lazewski.


Abbey Theatre
Accessible Events
Contact Studio
In The Dark
Radio Play
Sightless Cinema
The Hugh Lane Gallery