The Catacombs – Working Title

Invitation for Writers and Creators
to get involved in the Full Length Dublin Shakespeare Society 2024 Production,

‘The Catacombs’
(working Title)

Catacombs DSS Project

Located in the 1940s basement of 13 Fitzwilliam Place, ‘The Catacombs’ was a nightclub established by Dickie Wyman, who re-located to Dublin from the UK in order to avoid being drafted into WW2 after his boyfriend was killed in action. In an Ireland where conservatism ruled, “The Catacombs” was a place where anything went. It was a den of heavy drinking, discussions, debates, fights and lust and attracted bohemians like Brendan Behan, Patrick Kavanagh, J.P. Dunleavy, and Anthony Cronin, even earning a mention in Dunleavy’s ‘The Gingerman’.

With this in mind we aim to craft a full-length production inspired by the tales of ‘The Catacombs” patrons, through the following processes:

Researching the era and its attendees and unearthing the story/stories of “The Catacombs’

Storyboarding each scene for a cohesive narrative on which to hang the production

Writing dialogue for each scene-this part of the process may be aided by actor workshops.

This is a collaborative piece and each part of the process will involve working creatively with a team of people.
If you would like to get involved in this team driven project please email specifying what part/parts of the process you would like to get involved in.

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