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Theatre: Jimmy’s Hall at the Abbey Theatre (audio described, touch tour and captioned performance)

8 Sep 2018 (Past)

Abbey Theatre

Bursting with music, dance, poetry and song, the must-see feel-good show of last summer returns.

Jimmy’s Hall tells the true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman deported from his own country. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.

A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns from the US. The hall stands abandoned but as Jimmy sees the poverty and growing oppression in the village, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He decides to reopen the hall, and so takes on the established authorities of the church and the government.

Booking information

Running time: 2 hours

Please note there will be haze, loud noises and pyrotechnics used in show.

Programme notes will be available on our website before the performance, please check back.

Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday, 8th September, 2:00pm
Touch Tour before performance, 12.45pm – 1.15pm.

Touch Tour
Audiences are invited to attend a touch tour of the set, the stage, props and costumes so that audiences with visual impairments can experience and contextualise the stage. Patrons will explore the space, and may like to handle selected props, costumes, musical instruments and furniture. Meet members of the cast of “Jimmy’s Hall”: musicians, actors and dancers who invite you to step back in time into a small country hall in 1930s Leitrim full of music and brave new ideas.

Who can take a touch tour?
Touch tours are open to blind and visually impaired theatregoers attending the show plus their companions. Up to 10 people can take a tour.

How much does it costs?
It is free to customers who have purchased a ticket to for the performance.

How do I book?
Please contact Lisa Farrelly on 01 87 87 222, or email lisa.farrelly@abbeytheatre.ie.

Meet in the foyer of the Abbey Theatre to begin the tour at 12.45pm on the day of the described performance, September 8th 2018.

In order for the Abbey to give you advice on best seating for all accessible performances, please contact the Box Office on 01 87 87 222 , or via email lisa.farrelly@abbeytheatre.ie. You can also contact Lisa by telephone on 01 887 2216.

Watch: Jimmy’s Hall 2018 trailer

Jimmy's Hall, 2018. Image: Ros Kavanagh.

We need to take control of our lives again. Work for need, not for greed. And not just to survive like a dog, but to live. And to celebrate. And to dance, to sing, as free human beings.

James Gralton

Lisa Lambe in Jimmy's Hall, 2018. Image: Ros Kavanagh.


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