Reopening Information

Working in the Wings during Lockdown

We miss you so much and can't wait to welcome you back to Dunamaise Arts Centre!

Dunamaise Arts Centre will reopen to visitors in phases, as restrictions are lifted and it is safe to welcome back audiences, artists, performers and visitors.

Below is a guide of what to expect on your visit to Dunamaise. Staff will be happy to help explain anything or direct you – PLEASE just ask!

  • We will operate reduced capacities in compliance with Government guidelines, in the auditorium, gallery, Mezzanine/Bar and café areas. Visitors are asked to follow staff instruction and new signage in relation to capacity limits, social distancing and queue spacing throughout the building.
  • You will find hand sanitation stations at various points around the arts centre for your use.
  • Touchable surfaces will be sanitised regularly.
  • Face masks should be worn when visiting the arts centre. Facemasks are available to purchase at cost price from Box Office or café, should you need one.
  • The Box Office reception desk, Theatre Bar, Caffe Latte counter and Laois Tourism Info Desk will operate with a protective screens in place. Staff will be wearing PPE for their and your protection and safety.
  • Tickets should be booked in advance if possible, either online or through the Box Office. Tickets will be purchased as ‘unallocated’. Each purchase will be treated as a separate Group Booking (from 1 to 6 people), for the people you are happy to sit beside (your household/friend group (6 max). Our box office team will then allocate your seat/s, according to the quantity purchased (1-6) and the required social distancing between parties. Patrons with any specific access or seating requirements are welcome to book through the Box Office on 057 866 3355 and staff will be happy to assign specific requested seat locations, pending availability.
  • We will ask to note just your name and contact number when visiting the Gallery. The Theatre auditorium is a designated controlled environment where assigned seating will support the HSE track and trace system, if necessary. Limited Customer contact details will only be shared for this sole purpose.
  • Please use contactless payment / tap your card to pay if possible. Card payments can also be taken over the phone.
  • Some areas/facilities within the arts centre, including the Internet Cafe, will remain closed for the time being.
  • Dunamaise Arts Centre will adhere to Government guidelines on Capacity, Social Distancing and Hygiene guidelines throughout the season, adapting to changes as they may occur. We will inform our customers if any changes affect bookings or attendance at events here.
  • If you or a member of your party have any Covid-19 symptoms, as per HSE Guidelines, please rearrange your visit for a later date. Dunamaise Arts Centre will facilitate exchanges or refunds for symptomatic ticket holders OR for those effected by any further events cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19.

Contact us any time by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it OR by phone on: 057 - 866 3355*
*Phones are currently diverted to a work from home station, and manned only between Tuesdays - Fridays. Please bare with us as this will limit our contact with you, but you can email at any stage for a call back. OPENING HOURS subject to change.

Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

Contact The Dunamaise Arts Centre

Box Office Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm.
One hour prior to curtain on the evening of a performance.
Box office 00353 57 866 3355.

General Enquiries:

Our Sponsors

The Arts Council Laois County Council

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our site. By continuing to use the site you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more

Read our updated privacy policy for more about what we do with your data, as well as your rights and choices - including how to manage cookies.