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Book your tickets now: ANTONIN ARTAUD IN IRELAND

Updated: Sep 14, 2023


The Irish Times cultural page talks about Ranelagh Arts and our upcoming Antonin Artaud in Ireland programme. Ranelagh Arts helps to tell the story of Antonin Aartaud in Ireland in the 1930s. We look at the myth and influence of avant garde genius that was arrested and deported in he 1930s.




Presented with the support of the French Embassy in Ireland, IMMA, Dublin City Council, Paul Smith Events.


September at Ranelagh Arts focuses on the acclaimed French writer, poet, dramatist,

visual artist, essayist, actor and theatre director - Antonin Artaud

Widely recognized as a major figure of the European avant-garde. In particular, he had a profound influence on twentieth-century theatre through his conceptualization of the Theatre of

Cruelty. Events will touch on all aspects of Artaud including an exhibition, music and film

event, screenings and a literary walk with conversations around the Theatre of Cruelty

and its relevance today.


14th September

Art Exhibition at Ranelagh Arts:

  • No 6 Ranelagh Dublin 6 D06 X7W9

  • Opens 5pm on Thursday 14th September runs until 24th September

An exhibition will be held in our Ranelagh Arts Gallery at No 6 hosting works on loan

from IMMA, the National Archive and Austrian-Irish visual artist Gottfried Helnwein.


15th September

Music & Film: Joan of Arc

  • Sandford Church, Ranealgh D06 A9P8

  • 15th September, doors open at 7.30pm and show starts at 8.30pm (81 minutes duration).

On Friday 15th September, composer Matthew Nolan will present an original live score

for The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), featuring Artaud and directed by Carl Dreyer,

against a backdrop projection of the movie.

The live presentation and world premiere of a new soundtrack produced by Matthew Nolan will be in collaboration with Seán MacErlaine, Sharon Phelan, and Thomas Haugh and featuring singers from the Sandford and St Philip’s Choral Union.

17th September

Film Screening & Talk with Paul Smith, Luke Gibbons & Christina Kennedy

  • IMMA, (Irish Museum of Modern Art) Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8, D08 FW31

  • 17 September, 1pm - 3pm

On Sunday 17th September from 1-3pm as part of their series of Sunday Screenings

IMMA will show:

  • Artaud On Aran, (2010, 28mins, IE), Directed by Rossa Mullin;

  • Une histoire de fantôme: le voyage irlandais d’Antonin Artaud (1999, 43mins, FR) Directed by Mathias Sanderson/Laurent Gwrenrolé

followed by Q&A conversation with guest Paul Smith, Arts Event Producer, Luke Gibbons, Writer and Christina Kennedy, Head of Collection, IMMA.



22nd September

Literary Walk & Theatrical Discussion for Culture Night

  • Literary Walk 6pm starting from the Big Tree beside Donnybrook Police Station, ending up in Ranelagh Arts at 7pm. For Culture Night on Friday 22nd of September we will run a Literary walk led by Adrian Le Harivel – Curator and historian at the National Gallery of Ireland featuring -amongst other sites of interest, Antonin Artaud’s journey in Dublin, starting from the Big Tree beside Donnybrook Police Station at 6pm, continuing to Milltown Jesuits College and ending in Ranelagh Arts at approximately 7pm.

Theatrical Discussion: The Theatre of Cruelty and its relevance to theatre today.

  • 7pm reception in Ranelagh Arts and conversation with dramaturg Karin McCully about Artaud, The Theatre of Cruelty and its relevance to theatre today.












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