Dead Centre founded by Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd in Dublin in 2012 has gained a reputation as one of Europe’s most innovative and exciting young theatre companies.
Work includes: LIPPY (2013), winner of the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Production, a Fringe First, a Herald Angel, a Total Theatre Award and two OBIE Awards. It has toured around the world, including to the Young Vic in London, Schaubühne, Berlin and Traverse, Edinburgh; Chekhov’s First Play (2015) which has toured to destinations including Schaubühne, Berlin, Brisbane Festival, Helsinki Festival, Battersea Arts Festival (London), and many more; Hamnet (2017) has toured throughout the world, including BAM in New York, Hong Kong Festival, and the Southbank Centre, London; Beckett’s Room, (2019) has toured to Warwick Arts Centre, Theatre de Liège and to Teatro Piccollo, Milan; To Be a Machine (Version 1.0) was created in 2020 during the pandemic, and was streamed live to audiences around the world. It has since been streamed to festivals in Liège, Hong Kong and Paris. A German-language version, Die Maschine in Mir, was created for Burgtheater, Vienna.
The company has also created work with the ensembles at some of Europe’s major theatres, including Shakespeare’s Last Play at Schaubühne, Berlin (2018), The Interpretation of Dreams (2020) and Alles, was der Fall ist (2021) at Burgtheater, Vienna, and The Silence (2021) at Göteborgs Stadsteater. In 2021 they directed their first opera, Bählamms Fest at Ruhrtriennale, Germany. Their latest work Good Sex premiered at Dublin Theatre Festival 2022. They will be creating new work in 2023 for Burgtheater and Deutsche Oper, Berlin.
1. Dan Reardon in Lippy by Dead Centre. Photo credit: Jeremy Abrahams (2013)
2. Chekhov’s First Play by Dead Centre. Photo Credit: José Miguel Jiménez (2015)
3. Jack Gleeson in To Be A Machine (Version 1.0) by Dead Centre. Photo Credit: Ste Murray (2020)
Raw, unsettling, seductive, provocative and very, very funny… turns the recent Covid past into an urgent interrogation of both our bodies and the nature of theatrical illusion. — The Irish Times (Good Sex)
Like nothing else you’ll see — The Irish Times (Lippy)
In Dead Centre’s wildly ambitious production, there is meaning in the magic. — The Irish Times (Beckett’s Room)