DUETS is an artist support initiative made with the combined expertise of Irish Theatre Institute (ITI), Fishamble: The New Play Company and Dublin Fringe Festival. The DUETS programme champions professional artists working in pairs to tell one-of-a-kind stories using the unique combination of their skills. The DUETS artists are supported by the combined expertise of all three partners: dramaturgy and development support from Fishamble, networking and producing know-how from ITI and the creative platform of Dublin Fringe Festival.

In December 2021, ITI, Fishamble and Dublin Fringe Festival issued a statement announcing a pausing of DUETS. Read the statement here.

DUETS ARTISTS 2020 & 2021

Eoghan Carrick

As a theatre maker, Eoghan works in Ireland and internationally, on new and canonical texts,…

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Lauren Shannon Jones

Lauren is a writer and theatre maker from Dublin. She wrote and performed Viva Voce…

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Jane Madden

Jane Madden is a Dublin writer who holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Lir…

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  • (c) Cait Fahey

    Artists: Seón Simpson and Orla Graham

    Show: Heave

    Plagued by lockdown babies, engagement photoshoots, and dog Instagram accounts, Saorla endures a long-distance relationship when her boyfriend leaves Belfast to pursue his dreams. 
    Dead plants, dead-end job, and a dead relationship? 
    This film/theatre hybrid is for the hopeless romantics and for the ones who are still figuring it out. Fall in love with Belfast and most importantly, fall in love with yourself again.  
    Supported by and filmed at The MAC, Belfast.

    Artists: Jane Madden & Clodagh Mooney Duggan

    Show: Eleanora Salter and the Monster from the Sea

    A strange but sweet love story, this new play tells the tale of a lonely lighthouse keeper who embarks on a supernatural romance with a mysterious voice on her radio. Is it a monster, a stranger, a ghost? 
    Accompanied by the voices and sounds of things real and imagined, Eleanora creates a richly theatrical soundscape full of weird and wondrous fantasy.

    Rescue Annie. Image by Algorithm-web
    Rescue Annie. Image by Algorithm-web

    Artists: Eoghan Carrick and Lauren Shannon Jones

    Show: Rescue Annie

    A live show about a dead woman. 
    Outside the Louvre in Paris, a woman’s face is taken without permission. It becomes more famous than she ever was. You’ve seen her without realising who she is. You might have even kissed her. 
    This new live theatre performance explores the twin human obsessions of intimacy and autonomy in a show that begins in an intimacy coordination workshop and ends with an out-of-body experience.

  • (c) Pato Cassinoni
    (c) Pato Cassinoni 

    Twenty Fifty

    Artists: Dan Colley and Fionnuala Gygax

    A live improvised game between an actor and an invited guest. Beginning in the form of an intimate interview, they attempt to get to the heart of the question: what would you save from the fire?  

    Join us in a virtual space for a visceral gathering. This is an interactive theatre piece that reaches you wherever your wifi is. A different guest collaborator for each show helps to create this experiment in live theatre for the next normal.  

  • (c) Ste Murray
    (c) Ste Murray


    Artists: Vickey Curtis and Áine O’Hara

    OOH AHH UP THE GAA! This is club and county. This is Irish PRIDE. We’re here, we’re queer, and we love to cheer. We’re Dublin vs. Mayo. We’re queerer than Gaybo. We’re Irish and loud. We really love the GAA. We’re an all-island game. We’re your guilty pleasure. We’re the snack bar on the side of the pitch. We’re the oranges at half time. We’re the green, reds, and blues. We’re searching for Sam. We are not your typical sports fans.

    (c) Ste Murray
    (c) Ste Murray


    Artists: Camille Lucy Ross and Ciara Elizabeth Smyth

    Mella is a pathological liar. Maura is a kleptomaniac. Unsurprisingly, neither has any friends. Fresh out of controlling relationships, both women are thrust into uneasy freedom. Can they overcome their flaws and shed their inhibitions to avoid dying alone? Or will their compulsions engulf them in the end? A new dark comedy about monsters, condiments and dancing. Lots of dancing.