REMINDER: Deadline is Friday, 24 March.

The Nasc Network is currently offering a bursary of €10,000 to a production company or producer interested in collaborating with the network to produce a new or existing piece of theatre with a view to touring to all Nasc venues in 2018.

Any interested parties should submit a proposal to the Nasc Network by this Friday March 24th 2017.

Full details available below.


The Nasc Network is currently offering a bursary of €10,000 to a production company or producer interested in collaborating with the network to produce a new or existing piece of theatre with a view to touring to all Nasc venues in 2018.

The chosen production company/producer will receive the following support from the Nasc Network:

• A commissioning fee of €10,000 to part-fund the development/creation of the theatre piece.

• Nasc will act as lead applicant, or network support, on an application under the Arts Council’s touring and dissemination scheme to fund the costs of the production and tour to all Nasc venues.

• The Nasc venues will each offer a guaranteed fee in support of the production run at each venue.


• Productions with audience recognition i.e. production title, company, director, cast, and/or playwright to maximise audience potential for each show.

• Productions which are innovative, captivating and entertaining to maximise the potential for audience development.

• High quality, professional production values so that the investment by the Arts Council, stakeholders and the venue is apparent.


The Year of the Hiker – Druid Theatre Company (2006) | Improbable Frequency – Rough Magic Theatre Company (2007) | The Taming Of the Shrew – Rough Magic Theatre Company (2008) | The Cripple of Inishmaan – Druid Theatre Company (2008) | The Gigli Concert – Druid Theatre Company (2009) | Johnny Patterson, The Singing Clown – Barabbas (2010) | John O’Connor – (2010) | Out of Time – Colin Dunne (2011) | Druid Murphy Project:  Whistle In The Dark and Conversations on a Home Coming (2013) | The Bridge Below the Town – Livin' Dred Theatre Co (2014) | The Dead (Performance Corporation 2017) | The Wolf and Peter - CoisCéim (2017) | Anam - Siamsa Tíre (Autumn 2017)

Any interested parties should submit a proposal to the Nasc Network by Friday March 24th 2017, by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Click here to view the full Nasc Network Commission 2018 document as a PDF



Laois Youth Dance Ensemble


Laois Youth Dance Ensemble

Under the direction of Erica Borges LYDE facilitates young people to create contemporary dance to a high standard, through weekly workshops,

annual showcases and attendance at national dance festivals. If you’re passionate about dancing come to our FREE Trial Workshop on Sat 19 Sept. Registration: Erica 087-132 8852
SAT FROM 19 SEPT, 3-5PM, AGES 12-19


Spring has Sprung!

New programme unveiled for Spring


This season, expect drama with Donal Kelly’s Catalpa, (Feb 3), Theatre CLUB presents Heroin, Katie O’ Kelly’s Counter Culture (Feb 14), The New Theatre’s A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man (March 10) and the hilarious Weighing-In with Isobel Mahon and Rose Henderson. (April 24).

Music is hitting the high notes with The Fureys (Feb 6) who return to Dunamaise for their 10th concert! Stockton’s Wing (March 1), firm favourite with Portlaoise audiences, and Johnny McEvoy (March 8) will lift the roof with his dulcet tones. Dominic Kirwin (March 20) has a  huge fan-base in Co. Laois and Don Baker (April 17) returns this season with his unique and individual sound on the harmonica and guitar. Finally, Comhaltas Fleadh are hosting a fundraising concert for Dunamaise Arts Centre with Goitse (May 2).

Kids are not forgotten this season and Lambert Puppet Theatre are back with Cinderella and Bosco (March 8). The Ark also returns with the world premier of Far Away From Me a theatrical children’s offering inspired by the Princess and the Pea fairytale and infused with wild energy, ariel performance, dance, music and storytelling.

Local theatre groups, speech and drama schools and dance troops are also well-represented this Spring with Laois Open Door presenting The Hen Night Epiphany (Feb 20/21), Laois dance Platform will showcase their talented dancers (March 7), Harney School of Speech and Drama (March 15) with ten new plays written and directed by Francis Harney and Chatterbox School of Speech and Drama (March 22). Portarlington Drama Society present A Wake in the West (March 26/27), Curtain Call Stage School with Give My Regards, to Broadway (March 28) and Ceiltis School of Speech and Drama will present choral pieces, short plays and dance (March 29).  Jesters Stage Academy is up next (April 1 / 2)  and Midlands Drama School presents Wicked Oz (April 11). Schools are also returning this Spring with Scoil Chriost Ri presenting You Can’t Stop the Beat (Feb 10 -12).

Other headline acts to look forward to include Michael Harding’s Hanging with the Elephant (Feb 26) which is a unique one-man-show during which Michael speaks about his life, love and growing old. A former author, playwright and Irish times Columnist  - this is a show not to be missed.

A full season of fantastic cinema is also available with our ‘Elevenses’ film club and the Wednesday night screenings. This season expect Funny Face, Noble, Jimmy’s Hall, Patrick’s Day, The Theory of Everything, Mary Poppins and Me Myself and Mum to mention but a few.

Get five movies for 20 euro!

The Dunamaise Art Gallery is also full of interesting and creative works from artists near and far including Paul Mosse - A Retrospective (14 Jan – 14 Feb), William Hamilton and Diarmait Grogan – Shanghai Ritual (19 February – March 22), and Davey Moore, I See A Darkness (26 March – 22 May).


Dunamaise Arts Centre looks forward to welcoming you this season – (re) discover the arts in Laois this Spring!


For Further information or to book tickets contact the box office on 057 8663355 or online at

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Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

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