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48 by Gemma Kane
February 07 - 26, 2022
Time: 1pm (doors open 12.40)
A lionhearted and savagely funny new play

Featuring Eoghan Collins, Emily Fox, Gemma Kane and Ruairí Lenaghan, directed by Clare Maguire
BEWLEY’S CAFÉ THEATRE in association with No Desserts Theatre is proud to present…

48
By Gemma Kane
Directed by Clare Maguire

Featuring Eoghan Collins, Emily Fox, Gemma Kane and Ruairí Lenaghan
With an ALL NEW SOIRÉE PERFORMANCE at 7pm on Thursday, February 17th.

Tickets €10 - €15 (plus booking fee) - CLICK HERE
Age Guidance: 16+

The 41st Anniversary of the Stardust fire will be 14th February 2022.

The lives of four friends, Tom, Sarah, Maggie and James are changed forever when they enter the Stardust Nightclub on Dublin’s Northside on 13th February 1981.

This lionhearted and savagely funny play tells the gut-wrenching true story of Kane’s parents escape from the fire. Childhood sweethearts Tom and Sarah have recently broken up and both are left devastated. Ever the romantic, Tom plans to win Sarah back by proposing to her in the Stardust. Just as he is about to pop the question, the fire breaks out and the pair become separated.

The story unfolds through sharp-tongued narrative and visceral movement, set to the backdrop of designer Sinead Purcell’s 80s inspired set, plus a haunting and distorted soundscape by composer Dylan Tonge Jones. This is beautifully interwoven with real audio testimonies from Stardust survivors. The production captures the pulsating youth of 1980s Dublin on the brink of irreparable social change.

This is a true story.

‘Sterling performances’ Irish Independent

‘In her debut play, 48, Gemma Kane has created a theatrical investigation into the human side of the tragedy… acidly humourous’ Irish Times

Please note: Contains scenes of graphic nature pertaining to the fire itself. Some swearing and mild sexual content. Not suitable for young children. Ages 16+. Please note the show contains use of loud noises and heavy haze (dry ice).


Some facts about the Stardust fire:
The playwright's parents managed to escape against the odds
- 48 people were killed and a further 214 were injured.
- Tragically, none of the survivors were offered counselling or any type of support from the government bodies following the disaster.
- Sadly many survivors suffering from PTSD committed suicide following the event. The community was in major turmoil once again.
- In September 2019 the Attorney General’s office announced that fresh inquests into the 48 deaths that occurred in the nightclub would be conducted.
- The inquest into the deaths of the 48 young people, which began in October 2021, is the largest ever inquest in the history of the Irish state.

PRODUCED BY: Ali Fox LIGHTING DESIGN BY: Colm Maher (original Lighting Design by Shane Gill)
SET DESIGN BY: Sinead Purcell COMPOSER: Dylan Tonge Jones


Tickets €10 - €15 (plus booking fee) - CLICK HERE

PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT POST OUT TICKETS. We will have a record of your booking at the door.

COVID guidelines : We request that you wear a mask during the performance.

NOTE: Soup service is suspended till further notice. In place of this we invite you to dine, before or after the show, in Bewley's Café.
We appreciate your support and custom and apologise for any inconvenience caused.