The Sleepwalkers

A co-production between Pan Pan and Dublin Youth Theatre

“Oh how hard it is when pretense falls! But it falls, it falls!
I am so alone in the world now.”

During an unknown natural catastrophe, seventeen members of DYT find themselves trapped in an abandoned building. Every time they try to leave and go outside, they fall asleep and wake up back where they started, rehearsing the same scene from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Along the way they try to solve the world’s problems, just in case they ever wake up to find that the world still exists. Think classic horror movie plots, teenage angst, and the natural wisdom of the young, all given a voice that you can’t help listening to.

Collaboratively created from ideas generated by DYT members as well as found texts, we will ask the question: what does it mean to be awake?

The Sleepwalkers is a leap into the void. Are we sleepwalking towards Armageddon? Should we really fear the world changing?

Director: Gavin Quinn
Assistant Director: Sibéal Ní Mhaoileoin
Designer: Aedín Cosgrove
Assistant Designer: Fenna von Hirschheydt
Movement Director: Aoife McAtamney
Music: Simon Kenny
Costumes: Ciara Fleming
Dramaturg: Nicholas Johnson
Assistant Dramaturg: Aoife Daly
Cast: Members of Dublin Youth Theatre
Photography: Ros Kavanagh and Aoife Herrity
Production filming: Ros Kavanagh


  • Samuel Beckett Theatre
    22 - 27 July 2019
  • Dublin Theatre Festival axis Ballymun
    2-4 Oct 2019 8pm, 5 Oct 2019 3pm & 8pm