February 2015

The course of true love never did run smoothFor the first time in 35 years, the Abbey Theatre is proud to present A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This magical comedy continues our exploration of Shakespeare following the critically acclaimed Twelfth Night.True to Shakespeare’s original text, this contemporary interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream centres on the residents of a nursing home. The vitality and timelessness of love come to the fore in this production immersed with beautiful verse and original music.

Director Gavin Quinn of Pan Pan Theatre takes us on a fantastical journey in his Abbey Theatre debut where dreams and reality collide with riotous consequences. Featuring the finest calibre of Irish acting talent, prepare for Shakespeare as you have never experienced before.

  • Director: Gavin Quinn
    Set and Lighting Design: Aedín Cosgrove
    Sound Design: Jimmy Eadie
    Costume Design: Bruno Schwengl 
  • Cast: Fiona Bell, Andrew Bennett, Des Cave, Declan Conlon, Shadaan Felfeli, Máire Hastings, John Kavanagh, Peadar Lamb, Stella McCusker, Barry McGovern, Gina Moxley, Máire Ní Ghráinne, Áine Ní Mhuirí, Des Nealon, John Olohan, David Pearse, Daniel Reardon, Helen Roche
  • For more details and booking information click here

As part of the Barbican’s International Beckett Season Pan Pan is delighted to bring All That Fall to London in June 2015. More details and ticket information here.

Seated in rocking chairs, audiences are immersed into an atmospheric chamber of multiple speakers and ambient lights, experiencing Samuel Beckett’s first radio play as he intended.
Unsightly, ungainly and unwell, Maddy Rooney trudges laboriously from her home to Boghill Station, conversing with a richly conjured cast of characters along the way. She’s meeting her blind husband Dan off the train, but there’s been a delay.
Sit back and listen to an intricate composition of voices. Weaving words and sounds to musical effect, recorded text comes out of the dark to reveal a bleakly comic account of one couple’s unending misery.

Committed to developing new forms of theatrical expression, Pan Pan Theatre presents All That Fall as a communal storytelling event. Featuring outstanding vocal performances, the show is a winner of two Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Sound and Best Lighting Design.

“Gavin Quinn’s radical production goes further in honoring the spirit of Beckett’s wish, situating the play in the realm of pure imagination.”
Jason Zinoman, The New York Times

‘Genuinely different from anything you’ll have encountered in the theatre before’
Patrick Lonergan, Irish Theatre Magazine

Photographer: Ros Kavanagh


After a great run of All that Fall in Australia, Sydney Festival in January and

WTF Brisbane Powerhouse in February 2014, these are some of the projects we did throughout the year:

The real joy in combining science with art came to Dublin a couple of weeks ago when Samuel Beckett’s Quad was performed in the Dublin Dance Festival. . . . Pan Pan’s production was accompanied by a lecture in which a mathematician pointed out the flaw with Beckett’s system, and why two duplications were unavoidable. This production, however presented a solution nicknamed “Quin”. . . a hugely satisfying piece of theatre. Beckett’s imperfection was good, but science made it better.”
Eithne Shortall, Sunday Times

“The Harvey Theater is an ideal setting for Beckett, the direction by Gavin Quinn, sculpture by Andrew Clancy, lighting by Aedin Cosgrove and sound design by Jimmy Eadie is haunting. It’s a play without action, but the emotional roller coaster, both meditative and moving, is a stark reminder of the fragility of life.”
Fern Siegel, The Huffington Post

Pan Pan is delighted that its adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull was a huge success during its premiere at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2014 and in FFT Düsseldorf in November. The Chinese version (Chengdu and Beijing in July & September) won the Outstanding Theatre Production and the Outstanding Ensemble Awards at the 9th Chinese National Theatre Cultural Awards.

“It does exactly what Quinn appears to be attempting: to inhabit Chekhov’s mind so intensely that it is not his writing but his purpose which is examined. It becomes the direct opposite of current preoccupations with de-construction: the result is not Pan Pan’s vision of Chekhov, or even director Quinn’s, but almost luminously Chekhov’s own. And it makes unarguably clear his own description of The Seagull as a comedy.”
Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent

“What makes the show so thrilling, laid-back and very modern, is the conceptual superstructure, their starting point: “Americanitis“ is a term for some sort of big city depression, usually found in major American  cities.”
Andreas Falentin, Die Deutsche Bühne

“The Inclusiveness of ‘the Seagull and Other Birds’: the production is bold and unrestrained, and sometime restless. It belongs to the youth of today… Ballet costumes meet Beijing flavor (qu ju).  It is brave and also unique.”
Chinese Culture News