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Canadian Events Around Ireland

Day Conference - Adaptation, Translation, Identity on the Irish and Québec Stage

University College Dublin

UCD Humanities Institute

Tuesday 14 May 2024 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


A one-day conference on adaptations and translations of theatre in Ireland and Quebec.


Join playwrights Frank McGuiness and Deirdre Kinahan, producer and translator Jack Paterson, translators Martin Bowman, Johanna Nutter and Derval Conroy, and academics Eamonn Jordan, Paul Halferty, Jane Koustas, Nicholas Hauck, Dervila Cooke, and Farivash Doorandish for papers, conversations, discussion and Q&A sessions, on some of the issues involved in adapting and translating for the stage, and on the plays that emerge.

This event has been made possible through the generous support of the following institutions: Humanities Research Institute, Brock University;  Office of the Dean of Humanities, Brock University; Office of Research Services, Brock University; Humanities Institute, University College Dublin; UCD College of Arts and Humanities; UCD School of English, Drama and Film.

The A to Z of Sheila Heti

International Literature Festival Dublin

Merrion Square Park - Synge Stage

Friday 17 May 2024 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

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How do you organise a life? From worst days to best, from birth to death? Perhaps putting it in alphabetical order would be easiest.


Over the course of ten years, Canadian writer Sheila Heti kept a record of memories and musings, questions and observations. Then she put each sentence into a spreadsheet and alphabetised it.

What emerged was an abstract portrait of ten years of life. From memories of nights out and reflections on relationships to quick quips and hastily-jotted notes, Alphabetical Diaries offers kaleidoscopic insight into the mind behind Pure Colour, Motherhood, and How Should a Person BeConfessional, perplexing, and intimate, Alphabetical Diaries is a non-traditional take on the diary format that creates a collage-like catalogue of a decade’s worth of minor and major moments.

Sheila Heti is the author of eleven books, including How Should a Person Be?, which New York magazine deemed one of the New Classics of the twenty-first century. Her books have been translated into twenty-four languages. This event will be chaired by Gillian Moore.

La traviata - Irish National Opera

Wexford - National Opera House - 17 May 2024

Dublin - Gaiety Theatre - 21, 23, 25 May 2024

Cork - Cork Opera House - 29, 31 May 2024


Verdi’s La traviata is based on the semi-autobiographical play, La Dame aux camélias (The Lady of the Camellias), by Alexandre Dumas fils. The subject is Dumas’s relationship with Marie Duplessis, someone that composer Franz Liszt once described as the only woman he had ever loved. Verdi’s acute and heart-rending response to a woman who died of TB at the age of 23 has immortalised not just her tragedy, but also her irrepressible character and appeal.

Running time 3 hours with interval. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

One of today’s most sought-after lyric baritones on the international stage, Canadian-Italian Brett Polegato  is performing in the role of Giorgio Germont. He has earned the highest praise from audiences and critics for his artistic sensibility. His career has encompassed over fifty operatic roles at the world’s most prestigious venues including La Scala, Opéra national de Paris, Glyndebourne Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Teatro Real, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and Carnegie Hall, New York. 

Come From Away

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Grand Canal Square, Dublin

11 June 2024 to 22 June 2024

Winner of four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical in London and the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical on Broadway, Come from Away shares the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world who were grounded in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland in the days following 9/11, and the small Newfoundlander community that invited these ‘come from aways’ into their lives with open hearts.

Written by the married Canadian writing team, Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away was originally developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan College. Irene and David were nominated for Tony Awards for Best Book and Score, Grammy Awards for Best Musical Theatre Album, and won the 2017 Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards for Best Book.

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