Specially Invited Plays


Dead Centre

Directed by Ben Kidd & Bush Moukarzel


October 29, 2019, 20:00

October 30, 2019, 15:00/20:00

October 31, 2019, 14:30

WHERE: Studio Theatre of the Grand Theatre

Duration: 80 minutes (without intermission)

Performed in English, with Chinese and English subtitles 

This project has been supported by Performance Infinity.


Four stars: Broke the limits of drama.

  – The Guardian

Four-stars: This is a show so good that the audience will not often see one like it.

  – Sunday Times

Like nothing else you’ll see.

  – The Irish Times


  – The Scotsman


Based on the tragic events that occurred in a small town outside Dublin, Lippy was widely regarded as one of the most extraordinary works to come out of Ireland in 2013, and was the winner of two OBIE Awards in New York, a Fringe First, and the Irish Times Award for Best Production.

In the year 2000, an aunt and three nieces made an extraordinary decision which defied explanation. They boarded themselves into their home and entered a suicide pact that lasted 40 days.

We didn't know them. We weren't there. We have no idea what they said. We are just putting words in their mouths.



Directors: Ben Kidd and Bush Moukarzel


  Daniel Reardon, Liv O’Donoghue, Joanna Banks, Gina Moxley, Clara Simpson, Dylan Tighe and       Matthew Smyth

Playwrights: Bush Moukarzel with Cameo-Playwright Mark O'Halloran

Sound & Music: Adam Welsh

Lighting Design: Stephen Dodd

Stage Design: Andrew Clancy

Costume Design and Onstage Effects: Grace O’ Hara 

Chinese script translator: Chen Guangyu

This project has been supported by Performance Infinity.

About Ben Kidd and Bush Moukarzel

Ben Kidd is the co-artistic director and co-founder of Dead Centre. With Dead Centre he has co-authored and co-directed various productions including Shakespeare’s Last Play, Hamnet, Lippy, and Chekhov’s First Play. Other productions as a freelance director include Spring Awakening in a new adaptation by Anya Reiss (Headlong Theatre, 2014) and In the Night Time by Nina Segal (Gate Theatre, London, 2016).

Bush Moukarzel is the co-artistic director and co-founder of Dead Centre. His productions include Souvenir (Dublin Fringe Festival, 2012) and Lippy (Dublin Fringe Festival, 2013), (S)quark! (New Theatre, Dublin, 2013), Chekhov’s First Play (Dublin Theatre Festival, 2015) and Hamnet (Co-Production of Dead Centre and Abbey Theatre, 2017) and Shakespeare's Last Play (Schaubühne, 2018).

About Dead Centre

Dead Centre was founded by Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd in 2012. Their first project, Souvenir, was created for the Dublin Fringe in 2012 and later toured to London, New York, Brisbane and Seoul. LIPPY premiered at the Dublin Fringe in 2013 and has since travelled around the world, including to Berlin, New York and the Young Vic in London. It has won multiple awards, including the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Production, two OBIE Awards, and a Fringe First. Chekhov’s First Play premiered in 2015 at the Dublin Theatre Festival, and has toured throughout the world, including to Russia, France, Germany, London, Hong Kong and Amsterdam. Hamnet premiered at the Schaubühne, Berlin, and opened at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2017. It has since toured worldwide including to London, Hong Kong, Boston and Berlin. Their most recent production, Shakespeare’s Last Play, premiered at the Schaubühne in 2018.