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Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company


Smashing Times is a professional theatre and film company involved in performance, training and participation. The work of the company is underpinned by a rights-based approach and a commitment to artistic excellence and social engagement.


As a leading professional arts organisation the company develops innovative, cutting edge, state of the art projects that promote social justice, gender equality and human rights through high quality artistic processes, merging art, culture and politics to interact and engage with contemporary society and the world we live in. The company is supported by Dublin City Council Arts Office, ESB ElectricAID Ireland,  HSE, Community Foundation for Ireland, Aviva Stadium Community Fund,  Erasmus+,  Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Reconciliation Fund. The company is the recipient of a Dublin Bus Community Spirit Award and a GSK Ireland Impact Award.



The company has four high-profile patrons –Sabina Higgins, Áras an Uachtaráin First Lady; Joan Freeman, CEO, Pieta House; Ger Ryan, actor and Tim Pat Coogan, writer and historian. The company remembers and honours our founding patrons – writers Maeve Binchy and Brian Friel and the historian Robert Kee.  Smashing Times was established in 1991 by a group of women actors who met at the Focus Theatre, Dublin and we remember our friend Deirdre O'Connell, founder of Focus Theatre.

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Smashing Times is a wonderful endeavor and I wish you well with all your future work’

Thomas Kilroy, Playwright


What the papers say:


Smashing Times Theatre Company has a deserved reputation for exploring social issues with sensitivity and in depth. . . The plays are true theatre . . extraordinary. Smashing Times must continue with it’ 

The Irish Times


‘Fascinating, executed by the innovative and dynamic Smashing Times Theatre.’

Sunday Independent


‘Excellent…a depth of feeling and a coherence of mood that is both striking and rewarding.’

Sunday Tribune


What the Public Says:

 ‘An extremely moving and emotional experience. The actors portrayed their characters beautifully. I couldn’t take my eyes off the performances!'

‘Hauntingly beautiful, amazing production.’

‘This work is so powerful, I wish there was more of this.’

‘What Smashing Times are contributing to theatre is cutting-edge. . .this is serious, thought-provoking and provocative work that is really impressive and valid.’

‘I’ve never been presented with an issue like this in my (theatre) experience before, this has been extraordinary, powerful . . .’

‘Theatre that is utterly riveting, excellent acting and directing and the openness, this is theatre that is challenging and shows the way forward.’



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