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Welcome to What's Next!


See our Box Office for this seasons shows & events!

Director's Note

Welcome to the axis Bootleg Season

Following Government announcement in relation to Level 3 axis will remain closed to the general public until at least October 27th...

But in the spirit of our axis bootleg season we have a huge amount of events and entertainment available for you online. Including a special Otherworld Festival and loads more Pop Up events to be announced soon.

EVENTS Still happening


Tues 6th 9pm Thomas McCarthy axis Autumn sessions

Wed 7th 8pm Identity Other online conversations


8-10th 8pm Rearing is Sparing

Dublin Theatre Festival

Mon 12th 8pm Engage New Writing Festival

The Corps Ensemble

Wed 13th 8pm Identity Other online conversations IamIrish

Mon 19th 8pm Engage New Writing Festival The Corps Ensemble

Mon 26th 8pm Engage New Writing Festival The Corps Ensemble

EVENTS To be rescheduled

10th Oct Looking for América

15th Oct Adam and Paul

21/22nd Oct The Yellow Wallpaper

24th Oct Labyrinth

All ticket holders for these events will be contacted

Full details https://axisballymun.ticketsolve.com/shows


axis Bootleg is not just a season of events in our theatre,  in our community and online, but is also a statement of intent.

We’ve been thinking about the Roaring 20’s, about PUNK, about PROHIBITION, about buying cassette tapes of your favourite gigs.

About the feeling of being at a show, about rock ‘n' roll, about giving it a go, about this great community of Ballymun, about resilience,

about never giving up, about empathy as an act of resistance.

#AxisBootleg is about all of this.

We’ve pulled back the seats in our theatre.

We’re creating a Speakeasy environment, tables, chairs, seats on balconies, a special atmosphere for these strange times, an invitation,

both online and off, to our theatre, or online, or somewhere in between.

The axis staff have been incredible over the last months getting ready this is all of their work, along with our board, funders, partners, and all the artists who have made this possible.....


That in these strangest of times, the arts and your creativity is needed even more.

This is our invite. This is Ballymun.

This is our community.

This what we share.

The light, the flame, we must all protect,

by calling as many folk, in as many ways as possible, to gather around it.

Whereas all our events and offerings adhere to all Government guidelines, it is important to remember that

there can be no guidelines on your Dreams and no discrimination on those we invite, in this we must all do better.

So it’s time to DREAM OUT LOUD.

Welcome to axis Bootleg

Tickets start to go on sale next Monday 31st August, and there will be more announcements throughout the rest of the year.

We’re only getting started...

Look after yourself. Look after each other.

Now let us show you a few highlights coming your way

Mark O'Brien

axis Director





We are delighted to be partnering with The Corps Ensemble on a series of new play reading nights, ENGAGE, and the online world premiere of Emma Donoghue’s Kissing The Witch online in October.


We have a very special once-off, online gig from our stage with Brian Brannigan and Joe Chester from A Lazarus Soul as part of MusicTown in September.


From October we will host a series of special Film screenings where the makers will be present to introduce their work, these will include:

Adam and Paul               with Lenny Abrahamson and Mark O’Halloran (Postponed - check back for new dates)

One Million Dubliners  with Aoife Kelleher

Kisses                                with Lance Daly

Michael Inside                with Frank Berry


We have commissioned a new Dance piece from Ballymun’s own Philip Connaughton which will be performed Live in our theatre in the run up to Christmas.


We will also host the return of Pom Boyd’s The Windy Lady live on our stage in December.


There will be a special festival of Film screenings for young people and the return of Bosco LIVE to our theatre in December.


The Axis Autumn Session Music Gigs will kick off in September with Temper-mental MissElayneous, Dextra, and the incredible Mincéir singer and storyteller Thomas McCarthy.

In late November we welcome Fishamble and Pat Kinevane back to his spiritual home on the Northside where he will perform all 4 of his award winning plays across two weeks.

The haunting play The Yellow Wallpaper from Then This Theatre in association with axis will play in an intimate setting LIVE in our theatre in October.

A specially curated series of Crash Test Caint events will give you a chance to explore your Cúpla Focal, throughout the season.

Hell Hath No Fury will be a special night of Spoken Word curated by Roxanna Nic Liam in November, where female artists will share stories and tell tales of beauty, anger, pain, love, fearlessness and bravery.


In our gallery we will have a rescheduled exhibition of Patricio Cassinoni & Nyree Yergainharsian's 'Quarantine' in December preceded by 'Into Memory' by Lorraine Lawlor in November.


The axis Pop Up Literary Department with lead artist Aoife Spillane- Hinks engaging with the 30 or more artists who are developing work with us across contexts into 2021.


As part of Dublin Theatre Festival in October we present an in-development performance of TKB’s stunning new play commissioned and developed by axis, Rearing is Sparing, and are also hosting the brand new show Looking for América.


We will have a Cult Film Season in October with an invitation to dress up for The Princess Bride and Labyrinth (Postponed)

#TheAxisChats continues throughout the season with some really special guests to be announced in the coming weeks.

Throughout the season, in a series of online conversations and provocations, axis artist-in-residence Lorraine Maher explores identity, representation and ‘the other’ in Irish culture and the arts.


We are working with local groups on a month of events in September as part of Recovery Month featuring an Interactive Spoken Word performance with Colm Keegan, a special performance of Tony Doyle’s Weekend Warrior and much more!

In November we stage Scriobh, a Festival of new writing in Irish.

Enya Martin's hilarious comedy show is with us in November.

We will also be annoucing a new creative partnership with Rough Magic later this year.

Throughout the season we have a new Green Chats initiative exploring the role of the artist in climate adaptation.


Keep a check in at www.axisballymun.ie and across our social media as we announce more projects, plays and participation throughout the season.