Show in a Bag was an artist development initiative of Irish Theatre Institute, Dublin Fringe Festival and Fishamble: The New Play Company to resource theatre makers and actors. The first Show in a Bag initiative was established in 2010 to facilitate the creation of five new small-scale, tourable shows which would highlight the talents and skills of performers making work for the Dublin Fringe Festival.
Participants were selected following an open call, and with the support of playwright/dramaturg Gavin Kostick they created a play to the artists’ specifications. Show in a Bag provided actors with the opportunity to have their very own small-scale, tourable show. Selected actors, or pairs of actors, produced and performed their own productions at Bewley’s Café Theatre as part of Dublin Fringe Festival. These productions that began in Bewley’s Café Theatre have gone to on travel the world, delighting audiences from West Cork to Western Australia and even lighting up the screen.