lkinlanThe 24 Hour Plays were first presented in Ireland in February 2012, at Project Arts Centre. The show moved to its new home at the Abbey Theatre in 2013, and preparations are currently under way for the 5th annual presentation on Sunday, 31st January 2016.

Since its inaugural presentation, The 24 Hour Plays has raised over €37,500 in ticket sales and donations, with all proceeds going directly to Dublin Youth Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now at

Run in partnership with the 24 Hour Play Company, New York, and presented at the Abbey Theatre, The 24 Hour Plays is a one-night-only theatrical experience wherein six short plays are written, rehearsed, and presented within 24 hours.

It’s a never-to-be-repeated, blink-and-you-miss-it event and, now in its 5th year, is a highlight of the Irish theatre calendar.

Over 60 theatre artists are involved in bringing The 24 Hour Plays to the stage, including 6 playwrights, 6 directors, 26 actors, and over 20 backstage crew, designers, and producers. Everyone involved lends their time and talent on a voluntary basis, with all profits going directly to Dublin Youth Theatre.

Everyone involved in The 24 Hour Plays volunteers their time and talent for Dublin Youth Theatre. Producers, directors, playwrights, actors, production assistants, designers, and stage managers give hours, days and, in some cases, months of work to put this show together to raise money for Dublin Youth Theatre.

The 24 Hour Plays is supported by our wonderful partnering organisations, including: The Abbey Theatre, Dublin City Council Arts Office, Dublin Fringe, HP Ireland, Grehans Printers, Micromedia and many more sponsors who help cover the costs of production, ensuring the maximum profit for Dublin Youth Theatre.

Get in touch if you or your organisation want to join the 24 Hour Play family!

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